The best fairs and events to visit in Provence this Christmas Dec08

The best fairs and e...

Provence may be renowned for being the ultimate summer playground, with its many coastal resorts, warm plentiful sunshine and beautiful olive groves and vineyards. But winter brings out a different side to this region, one that is elegant, romantic, packed with Christmas markets and sparkling...

From Marseille to Mi...

For those with a property in the South of France who like to spend time on the Italian Riviera too, the new Thello Riviera train will be a welcome addition to the already-plentiful transport options along the Côte d’Azur coastline. Operated by ItaliaRail, the train travels between...

Five vineyards for sale in Provence Nov08

Five vineyards for s...

Provence was the first area in France to be planted with grapes, and with its 300 days of sunshine a year and mild winters, it has long been a favourite with wine lovers. Vineyard properties in Provence can offer a healthy income by way of a successful wine business, if that is what you are...

Eric Clapton sells his Provencal secret exclusively through Home Hunts Jul09

Eric Clapton sells h...

Eric Clapton’s charming €3.25 million stone farmhouse, tucked away in deepest Provence near the village of Nan-les-Pins, is currently exclusively on the market with Home Hunts. La Faissinette – which Tim Swannie, Director of Home Hunts, refers to as “a hidden gem” and the the Sunday...

Meet Marseille – France’s new sustainable city of the future Jun10

Meet Marseille – Fra...

Marseille, France’s second largest city and “maritime workhorse” has undergone something of a transformation in recent years. Having been all-too-often associated with stories of crime and violence, Marseille is now making headlines for becoming an economically thriving, upmarket and...

Six stunning Provence Coast properties Apr23

Six stunning Provenc...

The Provence Coast is one of the most sought after residential locations in the world. An abundance of sun-drenched beaches, unforgettable seascapes, gastronomic restaurants and spacious properties with glorious sea views makes this area one of France’s prime property hotspots. Home Hunts...

Provence: Prime property observations released by Home Hunts Feb14

Provence: Prime prop...

Sales of prime property in France are up 50% in 2014 when compared with January last year – and Provence, based on data gathered by Home Hunts from 2013, is one of the six most sought after areas for overseas buyers looking for prime property in France. Home Hunts has reported that the most...

A Star Quality House…. Dec11

A Star Quality House...

With the finals of the UK X-Factor approaching this weekend on ITV we will no doubt get to relive, during the programme, the moment Irish judge Louis Walsh chose his final three hopefuls in the South of France. As the boys practised behind the scenes and sang their hearts out to Louis and the...

TRIP THE LIGHT FANTASTIC Nov10

TRIP THE LIGHT FANTA...

(credit Maryanne Jacobsen) During the 19th and 20th centuries, many of the most famous painters in the world were drawn to the ‘midi’ particularly Provence, attracted by the climate and the clarity of the light. The vivid light which is captured on canvas has been inspiring professionals...

Bandol – In a league of its own! Nov02

Bandol – In a ...

The Provencal seaside resort of Bandol, renowned for its velvety red and racy rosé wine, has been a favourite with many a famous face over the years. Once the haunt of world-class writers – including authors Aldous Huxley (who wrote Brave New World) and Marcel Pagnol (who penned the...

World’s oldest cinema revived due to Marseille’s regeneration Oct18

World’s oldest...

The world’s oldest existing cinema, the Eden Théâtre at La Ciotat on the Provence Coast near Marseille, reopened last week on 9 October 2013, after sitting closed, cold and empty for almost three decades Despite being the venue for the Lumière Brothers’ first ever projected motion...

Marseille – From an ugly duckling to a beautiful swan! Jul29

Marseille – Fr...

Some refer to Marseille as “earthy” others, less tactfully, talk about the city as a “maritime workhorse” or even an “industrial brute”. This is the reputation that Marseille, France’s second city, has enjoyed over the years. While Cannes, Saint-Tropez and Nice, just a little...