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A true rural idyll

The town of Condom in south-west France is perhaps one of France's most idyllic places. Those who are seeking the bright lights and hustle and bustle of the big city will not wish to settle here, but for the many who come to France to find a rural idyll then Condom is ideal. That is not to say that it is boring, for the little market town has a lively atmosphere and plenty to do, but the pleasures here are gentle and rural rather than urban and frenetic.

Graceful architecture

Condom is pleasing to the eye, as its buildings are gracefully designed and constructed in a soft bronze stone which gleams gently in the sun which frequently blesses the town. There are delightful winding narrow streets to discover, and a beautiful cathedral which adds an elegant presence to the ambience. Condom is such a quintessentially 'good life' town that it features in the film 'Le Bonheur est dans le Pré', or 'Happiness in the Field'!

French market town with excellent restaurants

The market is a popular one, and here you can browse the many little stalls for the best of local produce, the Armagnac and the Foie Gras, and much else besides! You will find too that Condom is well supplied with excellent restaurants. The Gascon gastronomy is justifiably praised throughout France.

Music and Chess Festivals

The town of Condom also hosts an international music festival every year, and this proves very popular with the local people and visitors alike. Chess fans will be delighted to know that Condom is the venue for not just an international festival of the game, but also hosts a chess marathon!

River cruises and lovely countryside

The town is built on the River Baïse, and at one time was considered almost a port, with boats carrying grain and other produce to and from the town. Today you can enjoy the river by hiring a boat and cruising along it, relaxing and enjoying the beautiful countryside of the Gers. Believed by many to be one of France's loveliest regions, the Gers is even more delightful when viewed in this manner. You can gaze out onto fields of golden sunflowers, vineyards, woodland and pastureland, and sip your Armagnac as you go.

For the more energetic

For those who prefer more physical pursuits, tennis, horse-riding, swimming, fishing and golf are all available nearby. There are also some wonderful walks along the Pilgrim Route to Compstela, and you might meet some interesting pilgrims along the way, as this route is still widely used for this purpose.

How to get there

One of the few drawbacks of the area is that it is not as easily accessible as more populated regions. You can fly to Toulouse with bmibaby from the UK, but to reach Condom you will need to travel a further 120 kilometres. It is possible to travel by train to Agen which is in the region of 40 kilometres away from Condom. The roads are good, however, and traffic light, so the journey by road will take you much less time than an equivalent distance in the UK!

Property prices and availability in and around Condom

Condom is fortunate in being relatively undiscovered as yet by British and other foreign property buyers. Prices in the area remain reasonable, and if you are seeking a large country property then this could be the ideal place for you. Gascony has some huge and beautiful houses set in hectares of parkland, and unless you are a multi-millionaire it could also be one of the few regions where you could still possibly afford this type of home! The town itself has some pretty and inexpensive townhouses on offer, and the quality of life here means that whether you are seeking a holiday home or a permanent base you will not be disappointed if you make Condom your choice.

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Condom AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Condom?

Condom is found in south-west France, on the same latitude as Nice. It lies in the north of the Gers department, close to this department's border with Lot-et-Garonne.

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IN THE REGION OF MIDI-PYRÉNÉES

Midi-Pyrénées Guide

Midi-Pyrénées Property Map

IN THE DEPARTMENT OF GERS

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Population: 7,251


Access: By air: Fly to Toulouse with bmibaby from the UK. By train: There is a station at Agen, approximately 40 kilometres away.


Economy: The economy of Condom is based firstly on production of Armagnac, but also supported by agriculture (specifically grain and flour) and the timber trade.


Interesting fact: Condom is so peaceful and rural that it is known as the last town in France to introduce a traffic lights system. Some say that there is so little traffic in the town even today that they need not have bothered!

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