Excellent Value, Wonderful Lifestyle In Languedoc South Of France
So often people think of the South of France as being the destination of the rich and privileged. The very sound of it conjures up an image of the Côte d’Azur with Nice, Cannes and St Tropez offering a superbly decadent lifestyle. Days lounging at exclusive beach clubs and evenings sipping cocktails in expensive bars.
Lovely as these parts of the South of France are there other parts of the Mediterranean coastline which are less well known. Languedoc-Roussillon, now amalgamated with Midi-Pyrénées and renamed Occitanie, adjoins Provence to the east and Spain to the west and has far fewer tourists and much less expensive French property that Cote d’Azur. Anyone looking to buy a home along the Mediterranean coast of the South of France should consider investigating this less popular area.
Lavender Fields And Beautiful Villages In South Of France
Languedoc-Roussillon offers a very diverse landscape with the Pyrénées mountains to the west and the marshlands of the Camargue, at the mouth of the Rhône river, to the east with long stretches of sand dunes and beaches in between. There are lively and interesting towns such as Nîmes, Montpellier, Beziers, Perpignan and many more, so when you tire of the sea there is much to keep you busy in these and many other towns in the region. Inland the countryside is diverse in nature with canals, rivers which flow fast when it rains and meander slowly in the dry summers and large lakes where water sports can be enjoyed more safely than at the sea. There are chestnut covered hills, gorges, vineyards and lavender fields and beautiful medieval villages.
The sought after town of Uzès, often referred to as the French Tuscany, is in the department of Gard in Languedoc-Roussillon. It’s medieval streets, elegant mansions, boutique shops, numerous restaurants, bars and cafés attract visitors throughout the summer months making it a lively place to live. There are art exhibitions, craft markets, bull running, farmers markets, truffle festivals, concerts in the grounds of the Duke’s palace and numerous other activities throughout the year. Being only 20 minutes from the Pont du Gard, close to Avignon and only an hour from the Mediterranean, it is no wonder that property in Uzès is slightly more expensive than in other parts of Languedoc-Roussillon.
The climate is one of the many things that attracts people to look for French houses for sale in the South of France. The early springs, long, hot summers and warm, sunny autumns followed by short, sharp winters promote a special French lifestyle. Life is lived out outdoors all year round, which is not surprising as the whole area enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine every year. And when the winter skies are blue but the weather is cold you can always head up to the mountains to enjoy the skiing. The South of France is definitely a year round destination and one that is affordable if you consider moving away from the Côte d’Azur and looking for property in Languedoc-Roussillon.
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