For buying and selling property in Orange
The town of Orange, famed for its history as the place where the Roman conquest of ancient Gaul began, really does please the eye and satisfy those curious about its colourful name. Many of the buildings in the town appear to be a pale orange in colour, and when seen in the golden light of the Provençal summer sunshine this unusual shade changes to a true ochre. An especially wonderful sight in this town is the triumphal arch, a smaller version of the famous Parisian monument, but just as authentic and beautiful.
The Roman influence is very evident in Orange, as the town boasts perhaps the best preserved Roman Theatre in Europe, and this alone attracts many visitors. The theatre sits at the base of the hill known as the Colline St. Eutrope, and is best viewed from a vantage point in the lovely park on the hilltop. Here you can rest in the grassy areas or sit in the shade of the majestic plane trees. For those of a more energetic nature there is a running track, but most visitors are content to enjoy the spectacular view of the theatre that the lofty position affords.
There is no shortage of things to capture your interest in Orange, as the centre of the town is packed with good restaurants offering tasty meals at very reasonable prices. If you have young people with you you may be pleased to know that there are a selection of pizzerias and even a McDonalds! All shopping requirements are catered for by a good variety of shops, and here are cultural opportunities on hand too, with the municipal museum and a succession of festivals throughout the summer season.
As Orange is situated in beautiful Provence, there is plenty of delightful scenery on the doorstep. From here you can take a trip to the amazing gorges of the Ardêche, or pay homage to Peter Mayle, the famous author of 'A year in Provence' and visit the Luberon, where Peter Mayle lived and based his work. Most sports are available close to the town, with swimming, golf and camping to name but a few.
If you wish to reach Orange by air you can choose from several nearby international airports. Various different airlines run flights from the UK into Marseilles, Montpellier, Nice and Toulouse. There is a station at Orange (fifteen minutes walk from the city centre) so it is possible to travel from Paris by rail. Another travel option is to drive, as Orange is easily accessed from the A6/7 autoroute, but this is definitely the long way round!
As Orange is located in the Provence-Alpes-Côtes D'Azur region of southern France, you can be sure that property will not be cheap. The prices in Orange are a little more reasonable than those on the coast, for example in Nice, but the area is hugely popular and bargains few and far between. If price is not your concern however, do take a look at Orange, as the area is glorious and there are some wonderful quality properties on the market.
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Orange is located in the south of France. It lies in the north and slightly to the west of the department of the Vaucluse, close to this department's border with Drôme.
Access: By air: Fly to Montpellier, Nîmes, Nice or Toulouse.By rail: Take a TGV from Paris, Lyon or Nice to Avignon, where the line divides and heads east for Orange. By road: Take the Autoroute du Soleil, the A6/A7 to Orange.
Economy: The economy of Orange is mainly based on agriculture.
Interesting fact: In 1924 there was a terrible flood in Orange, covering much of the town with water. The measured depth at the centre, in the Place des Freres Mounet, was over 2 metres!