If your preference is a slower pace of life then the rolling green hills of the Provence region offer a perfect alternative. The small picturesque small towns and villages create an area of superb beauty and only add to the locations desirability.
With it’s warm temperatures boasting 300 days of sun in a calendar year and beautiful landscapes Ibiza is hugely desirable in 2013. Whilst it is largely known for its wild party scene, it is in fact one of the most peaceful and stunning of the Balearic Islands with over 50 beaches to soak in the sun.
Central Algarve boasts some of the most famous gold courses in Portugal, with it’s warm temperatures and reasonable pricing, a luxury property is never far away in the southern coastal region.
With a worldwide reputation for its stunning and varied landscapes and rich history both in art and society Tuscany continues to be one of the most desirable locations in the world to own a home (or vineyard!). Wine is one of the leading reasons for the regions fame, with areas like Chianti famous for its wine.
If you are seeking the sun then Paphos would be a standout choice with average temperatures reaching a toasty 33 degrees centigrade combined with the average property price being a modest £2.5m. The region is fast becoming a leading location for those looking to relocate from the UK, Russia and Scandinavia.