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Places to see and visit in the South of France
in the south-east of France, Provence’s coastline stretches
from Bandol to Menton, on the Italian border . The region,
covering an area of approximately 30,000 sq km, contains
five ‘departements’ [counties] – Bouches-du-Rhone, Vaucluse,
Alpes de Haute-Provence, Var and Alpes-Maritimes - and has
a population of some 4,275,000
people. The region has some 300 days of sun per year.
purchasing a Property?
Costs involved in purchasing property include expenses
due to the public notary [invoices settled by the public
notary on behalf of the purchaser], transfer tax [taxe de
mutation]equal to approx 5% of the selling price, property
registration, stamp duty, and VAT on a new construction.
Costs amount to between 8% and 10% of the selling price.
In addition, an annual amount of property tax, called Taxe
d’Habitation , similar to ‘rates’ in the UK, is payable
each year on January 1. There are exemptions for people
over 60 years See
Buying a property in France
pools and safety measures If you’re thinking about
purchasing a property that has a swimming pool, you should
be aware of the new French law concerning safety measures.
Not only must all children be supervised by an adult when
at a [private] swimming pool, but every pool must either
have fencing around it or have an alarm system. In each
case, the system must be approved by the appropriate French
authorities. The local Mairie [town hall] will have details.
up a business in the south of France? The Chamber of
Commerce and Industry of Nice has established a specific
department, La Maison des Enterprises [Companies Association]
to help companies in setting-up an organisation on the Riviera.
The British Chamber of Commerce (now re-named as Riviera
Business Club - RBC) Cote d'Azur is well worth contacting
and you can find out more at their website is Riviera
Business Club Cote d'Azur
With the exception of the superb red wines from Chateauneuf-du-Pape,
Provence has not traditionally been noted for its great
wines. only recently gained its status for fine wines. Formerly
it had carved itself a reputation for agreeable wines and
in particular for its rosé. But, more recently, an increasing
number of wine growers are making first-rate products to
challenge those from Burgundy and Bordeaux. Particularly
good are the reds and rosés from the Bandol area, located
between Marseille and Toulon.
There are many first-rate golf courses in the region.
Here is a selection:
The Monte Carlo [33 (0)4 93415070] boasts some wonderful
holes and has dazzling views; Golfe de Sainte Maxime
[33 (0) 4 944926], with magnificent views over the bay towards
St Tropez;Esterel [33 (0)4 94 825500] designed by
Robert Trent Jones; the challenging Saint Endreol
[33 (0)4 94992299]; the longest established golf course
in the south of France, the Cannes Mandelieu Old Course
[33(0)4 92973200]; The Riviera Golf Club [33 (0)4
92974949]close to Mandelieu, where accuracy is of the essence;
the pricey and dramatic Royal Mougins [33 (0)4 92924969];
the pleasurable Saint Donat [33 (0)4 93097660], also
designed by Robert Trent Jones;
Cannes Mougins [33 (0)493757913] is an
satisfying and fairly demanding course; Close to Grasse
at 600 metres is Claux-Amic [33 (0)4 93605544], which
offers fine views and excellent golf. The Gary Player designed
Taulane [33 (0)4 93603130] is considered by some
to be the greatest course in the south of France.
popular in Provence, boules is played throughout the year.
Most villages throughout the region boast at least one ‘piste
de boules‘. Although many of the players are in their 60s
and 70s plus, the game is attracting an increasing number
of young players.
Pastis, Marseille’s most famous drink, is synonymous with
the game as the après-match drink but chilled rosé is as
and Galleries For art lovers, Provence is also a delight. Those who have left
some of their treasures from their lives in this region
include leading lights of the Impressionist movement, Paul
Cézanne and Pierre Auguste Renoir, Henri Matisse, cubist
Fermand Léger, Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso. The tourist
office in each town supplies full information on what’s
on, where and when but here is a small selection to consider: Musée Picasso in Antibes; Musée National Fernand Léger in Biot,
Musée Fragonard in Grasse, Musée Matisse in Nice, the Fondation
Maeght in Saint Paul de Vence and the Musée d’Art Moderne
et d’Art Contemporain also in Nice.
in France - Mobile phones
- All mobile phones start with 06. Calling a mobile from
a land line can be very expensive. If you are visting France
for a while instead of relying on your home country mobile
you can buy a "nomad" Pay as you go sim card.
You will need a French address.
phones - The
French telephone network is run by France Telecom. Peak
hour (heures pleines) rates run from 8am - 7pm Mon-Fri.
The weekends, national holidays & hours between 7pm
& 8am are classed as off peak (heures creuses).
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to the plethora of museums, many of which have constantly
changing exhibitions, there are a multitude of events throughout
the year. For those with eclectic tastes, time will be the
only limiter to around the clock entertainment.
January has The Monte Carlo Rally - Rallye Automobile
Midem (Marché International du Disque et de l'Edition Musicale)
the international music market from all genres for all professionals
providing 5 days of business and networking marketplace
More information on MIDEM
the Mardi Gras Carnival in Nice
the International Flower Festival in Cagnes-sur-Mer
the Féria Pascale in Arles to celebrate the beginning
of the bullfighting season
the Cannes Film Festival, the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters
and the F1 Monaco Grand Prix, the Grand Prix Historique
(every other year).
the Son-et-Lumière in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, Juan les
Pins and Nice devote much of July to their celebrated
the Fete du Jasmin in Grasse and sparkling firework
displays all over
the Montgolfiades Internationales in Haute Provence for
the Foire international de Marseille with music, folklore,
arts and crafts, Monaco celebrates its National Day with
spectacular firework displays in November, and the
Fete du Vin in Bandol in December. And those mentioned
are but a fraction of this feast of events throughout the
Suter for jml property services 08/04
Suter lived in the south of France from 2004 until he died
in March 2013
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