Edwin Cottey B.A., N.P. Solicitor & Licensed Estate Agent
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Provence – General Information
The area of southern France known since ancient times as Provence, corresponds broadly to the Var and surrounding departments of the Vaucluse, Bouches du Rhone, Alpes Maritimes and Alpes de Haute Provence. Taking its name from 'Provincia Romana', the name given to it by Julius Caesar, its climate is Mediterranean and its landscape, which is mostly unspoilt, distinctively varied. The traditional industries are largely agricultural and centred around the vine and olive. However, it has the second city of France and the most important port in the Mediterranean at Marseille. It is also the centre of the country's tourist industry and the destination of 2% of the world's tourists.
As a place to live, its popularity goes back to Classical times. The Greeks were the first to establish trading posts along the Mediterranean , founding Marseille in 600 B.C. The Romans followed and Frejus soon became the second largest port in the Roman empire. In more modern times the Victorians made the coast from Nice to Hyeres ( the Côte d'Azur ) a popular place to escape the rigours of the British winter. They were followed by a host of writers and artists who found inspiration in its countryside and climate.
In the last fifty years it has become the holiday destination of a large number of the 70 million annual visitors to the country who enjoy a host of activities from the most rigorous to the least physically demanding imaginable.
The Var region, in which we specialise, lies at the very heart of Provence. It extends from near Grasse in the east almost to Marseille in the west and from the Gorges du Verdon in the north, south to the Mediterranean. The villages of the coastal Var include such well-known names at St Tropez, Port Grimaud and Le Lavandou - and the beaches and coastline are some of the most beautiful on the Côte d'Azur.
Behind the coast lie two ranges of hills, the Maures and Estorel and beyond these stretch the unspoilt country of the Central and Upper Var. There you will find a host of delightful villages which are steeped in history and bursting with the scents and colours of the Provencal way of life. It is still a land where the pace of life is more gentle and in which are present all the ingredients to help you escape the stresses of modern life.
Edwin Cottey, B.A.,N.P.
Solicitor & Estate Agent
C.P. Licence No. 3873 - Prefecture du Var, France
83550 Vidauban, France