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Never been to Nyons? Why this Provencal gem is worth a look!

Sun-kissed Provence is famous the world over, but not everyone has heard of Nyons, hub of the Drôme department. The small, fortified town sits north of Mont Ventoux and is a haven for cyclists, hikers – and foodies.

Why buy a home there? Climate aside – it’s nicknamed ‘Petit Nice’ for its microclimate – it’s also easy to reach from Avignon, Marseille or Nimes airports, or by TGV via Valence from Paris.  It’s charming old town offers some great street markets and restaurants – browse stalls of local lavender honey, tapenade or olives (it’s renowned for its AOC label olive oil), or during the summer you can also mix with the tourists in the popular Saturday crafts and artisan products street market. Wines are from the nearby Rhone Valley the town has lots of useful amenities too. Quality of life is high in this area, but traditional Provencal or stone properties can come with a lower price tag than some of the more well-known Provencal locations, such as the Alpilles or Luberon. 

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We joined our local agents to discover Nyons, by exploring the vibrant market, renovation tales and local treasures –

And here is a flavour of what you might buy, with a budget of €300,000 or so !

This spacious three-bedroom house dates from the thirteenth century! The views from its terraces are stunning and it’s bursting with character.

This four-bedroom house comes with a lovely river view and has beautiful unobstructed views of the Parc Naturel Régional des Baronnies – it’s 7km from Nyons.

A much more modern property, this five-bedroom villa with a swimming pool screams dream holiday home. With superb views and privacy, it ticks all the boxes.

Surrounded by lavender fields and views of Mont Ventoux, this pretty three-bedroom property comes with its own olive grove but with workshop and annexe.