Best for beach and ski? Consider the Alpes Maritime

The Pre-Alpes sit behind Grasse the famous perfume town, that in turn backs the Cote D’Azur. The ski resorts of Greolieres les Nieges, La Moulieres/L’Audibergue all have a panoramic view of the French Riviera.  It’s also great for mountain-biking, or VTT as it’s known in France. There’s so much to do, especially in summer, from tepee sites to Acro-branch along with the longest zip wire in Europe, underground caves, parapente. Sound tempting? Try these three properties for size – this area is refreshingly affordable.–france

In a cute village behind Grasse, this is a quaint one/two bedroom house close to everything you need. For only €119,000 this is a great base oozing local charm.–france

Caille is located just 58km inland of Cannes. This is a two-bedroom apartment with exposed beams, wood-burner and great valley views. The price is hard to believe too.–alpes-maritimes–france

In the hills above Nice, this is a lovely three-bedroom house with great views across the valley and in a beautifully peaceful location.