When it comes to finding the perfect location for a new home or property investment, atmosphere plays a big role. If you dream of a peaceful, laid back and romantic lifestyle, then France is the perfect place to be – it’s considered to be one of the world’s most romantic countries in the world, and not just because of the alluring language.
Consider these five cities if you’re looking for a property investment that is surrounding with style and romance.
Provence has no lack of charming cities, but Aix-en-Provence, its capital, may be its most romantic. The area has a beautiful ambience to it, no matter what your interests may be: casually strolling and taking in the scenery; exploration and outdoor sports; or heavy duty relaxation.
Take advantage of the public bike system, pedaling past old stone cottages and churches, then head to the town square and cool off under the spray from the fountain. The twisted lanes of the old town will take you past homes from the 16th and 17th centuries, and art lovers shouldn’t miss the chance to see Paul Cézanne’s studio.
Sunny and mild year-round thanks to the Mediterranean climate, Aix-en-Provence is also ideal for getting plenty of R&R during your time off. Embark on vineyard tours, play a round at the Pont Royal international golf course or attend an olive oil tasting.
Set in eastern France, the lakeside town of Annecy is one of the French Alps’ most gorgeous resorts. Its bright blue lake with surrounding snow-topped mountains has given it the nickname “Venice of the Alps.” The town centre has historic monuments, the lovely Canal du Thio, and the Palais de l’Ile, a medieval castle and prison that’s been turned into a museum.
For couples wanting to spend more time together, you’ll be able to fill your calendar. There’s plenty of skiing and hiking in the area, with Mont Blanc right nearby. The area is brimming with markets and festive décor at Christmas-time, while in the summer you can head to the beach, dine al fresco or hop on a cruise. The lake is its prettiest during the springtime, which is when the magnolias are in full bloom and the Annecy Carnival takes place.
Originally used for trading, the port city of Bordeaux is now synonymous with wine. For couples who love tasting excursions, there’s no lack of vineyards, wineries and tours in Bordeaux, and you’ll be able to experience famous vineyards along the Médoc wine route.
There’s even more passion to be found in Bordeaux, with its Grand Theatre that’s home to opera and ballet companies; the 11th century cathedral; and unique museums that add to the cultural appeal. The Water Mirror, which can be found by the former stock exchange, offers an excellent photo opportunity in the reflection.
Thanks to Carcassonne, fairytales no longer have to just live in the pages of books. The fortified town, which is split into two distinct areas, is adorned with drawbridges, towers and old, charming buildings.
The Cité de Carcassonne has a medieval citadel that overlooks the village, and which is the second most-visited place in France next to the Eiffel Tower. This is also where you can find chic shops and restaurants, plus the cultural festival that’s held in summer. La Ville Basse has a notably different feel. Understated and stylish, this is the more romantic of the two, with a private and tranquil air. Shop at the weekly food market at Place Carnot or the Les Halles covered food market, and go for a spin on the temporary ice rink that’s setup during the winter.
Called the City of Love thanks to the authors, filmmakers and poets who’ve depicted Paris in an idyllic (and rose-colored) light, this city delivers on its promise. Though popular and teeming with tourists, Paris can also be highly romantic. That’s the best part: it’s interesting and wonderful where it’s grand (the Eiffel Tower) as well as where it’s intimate (the streets of Montmartre).
Spend a day at the luxury boutiques to look as beautiful on the outside as you feel on the inside, or seriously splurge and have a hat or pair of gloves made specially for you. Remember the day forever by heading to Studio Harcourt, which has been around since 1934, and have a black and white portrait taken of the both of you.
Want to woo your significant other more? The Pont des Arts bridge has a revolving padlock collection attached to its railings – couples metaphorically lock in their love for one another, then throw away the key. You can also mimic the pose of The Kiss sculpture at the Musée Rodin or add your declaration to the Wall of Love.
If you are looking for a luxury french property to call home, then be sure to speak to one of the HOMEHUNTS property consultants. We can help and guide you in finding you the perfect property in France.