French Property Hotspot Guides

Property guides to the regions, departments and the best towns in France

Want to buy a French property in the perfect location? Our guides should help.

There are guides to all the regions and departments of France. There are also hundreds of detailed guides to the towns of France. So you can get to know the area you're interested in before you book the ferry!

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ALSACE PROPERTY GUIDE

In its long and varied history, Alsace has belonged to both France and Germany and has a distinct influence from both cultures. It's a fairly affluent place - so property isn't cheap. Alsace is home to the European Parliament, the European Court and the European Commission on Human Rights. More on Alsace...

DEPARTMENT HOTSPOT - BAS-RHIN: BAS-RHIN PROPERTY GUIDE
The Bas-Rhin department, with its cosmopolitan atmosphere, is the perfect home for the European Union. The constant stream of bureaucrats and policy-makers means that there is a very buoyant rental market for short-term lets in particular.
Looking for all the other departments? Use the following link: Guide to departments in Alsace

TOWN HOTSPOT - MULHOUSE: MULHOUSE PROPERTY GUIDE
Mulhouse, located in the Alsace region of France, is an ideal base from which to explore not only north-east France, but also Switzerland and Germany. A large industrial centre, Mulhouse is economically and culturally rich, and is a lively and cosmopolitan city.
Looking for all the other towns? Use the following link: Guide to towns in Alsace

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AQUITAINE PROPERTY GUIDE

The south west extreme corner of France has a lot more to offer than the fabulous wine it is so famous for. More on Aquitaine...

DEPARTMENT HOTSPOT - DORDOGNE: DORDOGNE PROPERTY GUIDE
Located in the south-west of the country, many people think the Dordogne is France's most scenic department. It has traditionally been the most popular department for foreign buyers. The French have dubbed the Dordogne "Little Britain", although these days it's just as likely to be Dutch or Germans buying up land here.
Looking for all the other departments? Use the following link: Guide to departments in Aquitaine

TOWN HOTSPOT - BERGERAC: BERGERAC PROPERTY GUIDE
Bergerac is the capital of Purple Perigord, named after the colour of the region's number one produce. The town also grows a considerable amount of tobacco, which is a pretty good indicator of the kind of climate you're likely to experience here. There is a museum dedicated to both industries as well as number of pleasing architectural gems within the town.
Looking for all the other towns? Use the following link: Guide to towns in Aquitaine

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AUVERGNE PROPERTY GUIDE

Auvergne is seen as a very quiet region and enjoys a low crime rate. Here you can relax among the picturesque setting of lakes, rivers and extinct volcanoes and it's a great place to snap up property bargains. More on Auvergne...

DEPARTMENT HOTSPOT - ALLIER: ALLIER PROPERTY GUIDE
Parisian and international buyers are only just beginning to see the immense potential this department has to offer with its rich Bourbonnais history. It is a peaceful department and has an economy which revolves mainly around agriculture and tourism.
Looking for all the other departments? Use the following link: Guide to departments in Auvergne

TOWN HOTSPOT - VICHY: VICHY PROPERTY GUIDE
Vichy is a famous spa town whose elegance and cultural heritage make it a fascinating place to visit, or indeed in which to live. Property here should prove a good investment as Vichy remains a popular destination with the fashionable set.
Looking for all the other towns? Use the following link: Guide to towns in Auvergne

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BRITTANY PROPERTY GUIDE

A comprehensive guide to property in Brittany. If this is the area you've chosen, then this article may turn out to be a shortcut to finding your dream home. More on Brittany...

DEPARTMENT HOTSPOT - CÔTES-D'ARMOR: CÔTES-D'ARMOR PROPERTY GUIDE
The Cotes d'Armor, meaning 'land of the sea', certainly lives up to its name. It comprises the majority of Brittany's highly attractive Northern coastline, including a number of islands. The historic towns of Dinan, Dinard and St Malo combined with great beaches, coastal walks and beautiful rivers make the Cotes d'Armor a particularly desirable department.
Looking for all the other departments? Use the following link: Guide to departments in Brittany

TOWN HOTSPOT - GUÉMENÉ-SUR-SCORFF: GUÉMENÉ-SUR-SCORFF PROPERTY GUIDE
Guémené sur Scorff is a very attractive town that is found in the department of Morbihan, in southern Brittany in France's beautiful north-western corner. The town has some lovely old buildings which are the focus of considerable tourist interest, and is also home to one of the oldest taverns in Brittany, which still serves customers today! Guémené sur Scorff is also fortunate in its natural surroundings, as it lies amidst lovely woodlands and is within easy reach of the Atlantic.
Looking for all the other towns? Use the following link: Guide to towns in Brittany

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BURGUNDY PROPERTY GUIDE

Burgundy is ideal for those who like to indulge in France's culinary wonders. Fine wines and appetising cuisine make this region stand out. Burgundy is rather neglected by foreign buyers and there is ample opportunity to find some bargains. More on Burgundy...

DEPARTMENT HOTSPOT - SAÔNE-ET-LOIRE: SAÔNE-ET-LOIRE PROPERTY GUIDE
The Saône-et-Loire department contains a diverse landscape of mountain ranges, vineyards and national park protected woodland. Among these you'll find a number of modern towns that have a truly rustic feel to them.
Looking for all the other departments? Use the following link: Guide to departments in Burgundy

TOWN HOTSPOT - AUTUN: AUTUN PROPERTY GUIDE
Autun, in the richly beautiful Burgundy region of central France, is a town whose Gallo Roman roots are very evident even today. There are many fascinating Roman remains to see in the town, including the ruins of a massive theatre which once was the largest Roman theatre in ancient Gaul. Today, Autun is a thriving community which forms a great base for exploring this inexplicably lesser known region, and for enjoying the justly famous fine foods and wines of the region.
Looking for all the other towns? Use the following link: Guide to towns in Burgundy

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CENTRAL LOIRE VALLEY PROPERTY GUIDE

The Centre Val de Loire region is home to great chateaux, interesting cities and of course the Loire valley. With good transport links and a temperate climate the Centre Val de Loire makes a very sensible destination. The area also contains some of France's best property bargains. More on Central Loire Valley...

DEPARTMENT HOTSPOT - INDRE: INDRE PROPERTY GUIDE
The Indre, department 36, is located in the south of the Centre-Val-de-Loire. It has a historical link with the neighbouring department of Cher as together they form the old province of Berry. This is considered to be the most attractive part of the Loire Valley. The department is best known for its pyramid-shaped goat's cheeses and scrumptious pies.
Looking for all the other departments? Use the following link: Guide to departments in Central Loire Valley

TOWN HOTSPOT - SAINT BENOÎT DU SAULT: SAINT BENOÎT DU SAULT PROPERTY GUIDE
Saint Benoît du Sault is a picturesque mediaeval village that lies in central France, in the Indre department of the Centre Val de Loire region. Perched high on a hill, this little village overlooks the Portefeuille River, and is classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France.
Looking for all the other towns? Use the following link: Guide to towns in Central Loire Valley

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CHAMPAGNE-ARDENNE PROPERTY GUIDE

This highly renowned region offers a lot more than just the world's most exquisite drink. Affordable prices mean you can own property very close to the two major political and cultural capitals of mainland Europe, Brussels and Paris. More on Champagne-Ardenne...

DEPARTMENT HOTSPOT - HAUTE-MARNE: HAUTE-MARNE PROPERTY GUIDE
The Haute-Marne is a perfect mix of idyllic countryside and quaint towns and villages. You will also find eastern France's number one spa town, Bourbonne-les-Bains, here, which has been curing, relaxing and rejuvenating visitors since the Roman times.
Looking for all the other departments? Use the following link: Guide to departments in Champagne-Ardenne

TOWN HOTSPOT - REIMS: REIMS PROPERTY GUIDE
Reims, in the Champagne region of northern France is a city which positively bubbles with life. Of massive historical importance as the place where the French kings were crowned, the modern city has a large student population who add youth and vigour to its history and tradition. Elegant buildings abound, yet in the buzzing centre there are a multitude of bars and restaurants where you can sit and drink in the unique atmosphere of this fascinating city.
Looking for all the other towns? Use the following link: Guide to towns in Champagne-Ardenne

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CORSICA PROPERTY GUIDE

The island of Corsica is very popular with those looking for holiday or second homes, or indeed a life in the sun. It has a great climate, beautiful beaches and spectacular scenery. As a result, property can be pricey in coastal areas, with leasehold property and inland property being more affordable options. More on Corsica...

DEPARTMENT HOTSPOT - CORSICA (SOUTH AND UPPER): CORSICA (SOUTH AND UPPER) PROPERTY GUIDE
Corsica is divided into two departments, Corse du Sud or South Corsica (2A) and Haute-Corse or Upper Corsica (2B). The northernmost department of Upper Corsica has glorious beaches, hidden coves and pretty fishing villages along its coast, in addition to some well established holiday resorts, and its inland regions are dramatic and mountainous, rich in nature and wild beauty. South Corsica is also blessed with a stunning coast and a fascinating interior countryside, and is an ideal location for property seekers looking to fulfil their dream of owning property on this delightful Mediterranean island.
Looking for all the other departments? Use the following link: Guide to departments in Corsica

TOWN HOTSPOT - LECCI: LECCI PROPERTY GUIDE
Lecci is a village that is found in the south of the island of Corsica, just off the south-east coast of France. Lecci's bay, San Ciprianu, is one of the most beautiful on the island. Ideally suited for peaceful holidays by the sea, Lecci is a close neighbour of the popular resort of Porto Vecchio.
Looking for all the other towns? Use the following link: Guide to towns in Corsica

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FRANCHE-COMTE PROPERTY GUIDE

You could be forgiven for thinking you've gone into Switzerland when you arrive in Franche-Comte. The region is often described as the greenest in the whole of France and has breathtaking scenery to rival those on the other side of the border. More on Franche-Comte...

DEPARTMENT HOTSPOT - HAUTE-SAÔNE: HAUTE-SAÔNE PROPERTY GUIDE
The land of a thousand lakes is a peaceful, rural department with a rich history. One of the settlements in the department, Pesmes, has the proud distinction of being judged France's prettiest village.
Looking for all the other departments? Use the following link: Guide to departments in Franche-Comte

TOWN HOTSPOT - BESANÇON: BESANÇON PROPERTY GUIDE
Besançon, capital city of Franche-Comté, is both beautiful and unusual. Viewed from the air it appears to be a huge moated castle, as it is built on a hilltop with the River Doubs curving around three sides like a giant horseshoe. There are also many old fortifications still standing, adding to the impression of a castle.
Looking for all the other towns? Use the following link: Guide to towns in Franche-Comte

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ÎLE-DE-FRANCE PROPERTY GUIDE

Île-de-France, situated at the thriving heart of France, is so named because rivers surround it - making it an island surrounded by land. With Paris at the centre of the region it's best not to expect cheap property. More on Île-de-France...

DEPARTMENT HOTSPOT - PARIS: PARIS PROPERTY GUIDE
Paris is considered to be one of the most romantic cities in the world. It is certainly one of the most vibrant and offers plenty for everyone. Unsurprisingly therefore, property is expensive and potential buyers are well advised to look in the lesser-known, up-and-coming areas if they are serious about getting value for money in Paris. However, if you do buy here, you are virtually guaranteed a steady rental income which might help offset the burden of your initial outlay.
Looking for all the other departments? Use the following link: Guide to departments in Île-de-France

TOWN HOTSPOT - PARIS ARRONDISSEMENTS: PARIS ARRONDISSEMENTS PROPERTY GUIDE
The nation's capital is a melting point for different social and cultural groups and has long been a setting for romance and adventure. The Parisian lifestyle has something for everyone and there's an almost infinite range of things to see and do.
Looking for all the other towns? Use the following link: Guide to towns in Île-de-France

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LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON PROPERTY GUIDE

A very popular region with people buying French property. Great climate and property that is considerably cheaper than many of the other areas in the south.  More on Languedoc-Roussillon...

DEPARTMENT HOTSPOT - HÉRAULT: HÉRAULT PROPERTY GUIDE
The Hérault, department number 34, is located in the South of France on the Mediterranean coast and has a fantastic year round climate. It is famous for its full bodied red wines and for its oyster beds along the coast in the Bassin de Thau.
Looking for all the other departments? Use the following link: Guide to departments in Languedoc-Roussillon

TOWN HOTSPOT - BÉZIERS: BÉZIERS PROPERTY GUIDE
After a long and troublesome history, Béziers has returned to its glory days - largely thanks to the prosperity of the vineyards which dot its landscape. Town guide with information about property prices and links to property for sale.
Looking for all the other towns? Use the following link: Guide to towns in Languedoc-Roussillon

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LIMOUSIN PROPERTY GUIDE

At the heart of France - Limousin boasts cheap property and an unspoilt environment. Perfect for a quiet, relaxed life. As with all our region guides - this is packed with links so that you can find exactly what you're looking for. More on Limousin...

DEPARTMENT HOTSPOT - HAUTE-VIENNE: HAUTE-VIENNE PROPERTY GUIDE
The Haute-Vienne is home to some of the best bargains on the French property market. It is a very rural department yet has a reputation for both designer goods and militant unionism (an unlikely combination!)
Looking for all the other departments? Use the following link: Guide to departments in Limousin

TOWN HOTSPOT - LUSSAC LES EGLISES: LUSSAC LES EGLISES PROPERTY GUIDE
The lovely village of Lussac les Eglises is found nestling in the green and pretty countryside of the Haute-Vienne department in the Limousin region of central France. With a population of only just over 500, it can't be said to be large, but the village is historic and interesting, and has its fair share of monuments and architecture to see.
Looking for all the other towns? Use the following link: Guide to towns in Limousin

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LORRAINE PROPERTY GUIDE

Also known as 'the Green Lung', Lorraine is packed with medieval towns and green countryside. If you explore further, you'll come across centuries of captivating history. Do you know what role this region played in the exploration of the new world? More on Lorraine...

DEPARTMENT HOTSPOT - VOSGES: VOSGES PROPERTY GUIDE
The Vosges department is great for hikers and lovers of nature due to its dynamic landscape and deep forests. It is lucky enough to have two regional parks located on its territory. Property is reasonably priced but the area has yet to become a favourite amongst international and second home buyers.
Looking for all the other departments? Use the following link: Guide to departments in Lorraine

TOWN HOTSPOT - METZ: METZ PROPERTY GUIDE
Metz is located in the north-east of France, close to the borders with Luxembourg and Germany. It is a great city which retains the diverse cultural influences of its past. Today it is the capital not only of its department, Moselle, but also of the Lorraine region. Lying in an important geographical position, on the Moselle River, Metz has long been important in both military and commercial terms.
Looking for all the other towns? Use the following link: Guide to towns in Lorraine

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LOWER-NORMANDY PROPERTY GUIDE

Lower Normandy provides many foreign buyers with the perfect location. Not too far away from the UK, yet still full of the benefits of a french way of life.  More on Lower-Normandy...

DEPARTMENT HOTSPOT - CALVADOS: CALVADOS PROPERTY GUIDE
The long sandy beaches of Calvados are ideal for bathing but also serve as a constant reminder of the not too distant past. There are plenty of museums up and down the department, which will keep you occupied as you seek out the historical sites. The easy-going capital of Caen is home to a monument for a peaceful future. Getting there is easy by ferry, train or plane.
Looking for all the other departments? Use the following link: Guide to departments in Lower-Normandy

TOWN HOTSPOT - ST LÔ: ST LÔ PROPERTY GUIDE
The town of St-Lô, in Normandy, is impossible to separate from its history. It is the capital of the Manche department and is a large town with all amenities for modern life. Yet signs of its wartime involvement are everywhere, and it is only some twenty minutes away from the famous beaches where the Normandy Landings took place.
Looking for all the other towns? Use the following link: Guide to towns in Lower-Normandy

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MIDI-PYRÉNÉES PROPERTY GUIDE

The Midi-Pyrénées is France's largest region. It has a wide variety of landscapes and is becoming more popular with British buyers. More on Midi-Pyrénées...

DEPARTMENT HOTSPOT - GERS: GERS PROPERTY GUIDE
France's most rural department is in heart of the old territory of Gascony. Its most famous exports are paté, preserves and foie gras. A very popular area with foreign buyers, particularly the British.
Looking for all the other departments? Use the following link: Guide to departments in Midi-Pyrénées

TOWN HOTSPOT - GOURDON: GOURDON PROPERTY GUIDE
Gourdon is the capital of the Bouriane countryside and can be found on the summit of a rock spur. Many of the old houses of the town have been restored and converted to pretty boutiques and workshops.
Looking for all the other towns? Use the following link: Guide to towns in Midi-Pyrénées

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NORD-PAS-DE-CALAIS PROPERTY GUIDE

At France's most Northern tip, Calais offers great countryside and some of the cleanest beaches in France. Since the opening of the Channel Tunnel, the region has undergone a regeneration process and has great opportunities for British buyers. More on Nord-Pas-de-Calais...

DEPARTMENT HOTSPOT - PAS-DE-CALAIS: PAS-DE-CALAIS PROPERTY GUIDE
Pas-de-Calais has been a favourite destination of British visitors for more than a century. Although the climate is very similar to that experienced in much of the UK, visitors are attracted by the wide range of shops and the excellent seafood served in restaurants here.
Looking for all the other departments? Use the following link: Guide to departments in Nord-Pas-de-Calais

TOWN HOTSPOT - HESDIN: HESDIN PROPERTY GUIDE
The pretty market town of Hesdin lies at the northernmost tip of France, in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais. Hesdin, with its bridges and its quaint streets is just over an hour's travel away from the port of Calais, and thus represents a very interesting proposition for second home seekers.
Looking for all the other towns? Use the following link: Guide to towns in Nord-Pas-de-Calais

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PAYS DE LA LOIRE PROPERTY GUIDE

Nestled below Brittany and Normandy is the Pays de la Loire. The region has the ever popular coastal areas of the Vendee. Good international access means that this is a good choice for foreign buyers. More on Pays de la Loire...

DEPARTMENT HOTSPOT - VENDÉE: VENDÉE PROPERTY GUIDE
The department of the Vendee is almost half way down the west coast of France. As a result it enjoys a pleasant climate - not as hot and stifling as further south, but considerably better than the north. Hence it should be no surprise that it is a favoured holiday destination. Property has been rising for some time due to the area's popularity. It's a good location for a second home.
Looking for all the other departments? Use the following link: Guide to departments in Pays de la Loire

TOWN HOTSPOT - LA CHÂTAIGNERAIE: LA CHÂTAIGNERAIE PROPERTY GUIDE
La Châtaigneraie is a sought after small town which lies just on the Vendée side of the Vendée/Deux-Sèvres border in western France. The town is historic, dating back to early mediaeval times when the town began to grow around its chateau. It retains some heritage to this day, but is also a lively, welcoming community in a superb location. Access to the best attractions of both the rural Deux-Sèvres and the Vendée with its beautiful coast, is excellent.
Looking for all the other towns? Use the following link: Guide to towns in Pays de la Loire

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PICARDY PROPERTY GUIDE

Containing the historically significant Somme department, Picardy is an interesting region with good links to Paris, as well as easy access to the ferry ports and Channel Tunnel. More on Picardy...

DEPARTMENT HOTSPOT - SOMME: SOMME PROPERTY GUIDE
The Somme is clearly best known for the battles that took place here during the First and Second World Wars. However, today the Somme is also renowned for its lively restaurants, bars, craft shops and areas of rural beauty. Property prices in the Somme are still quite reasonable.
Looking for all the other departments? Use the following link: Guide to departments in Picardy

TOWN HOTSPOT - ABBEVILLE: ABBEVILLE PROPERTY GUIDE
The important town of Abbeville is found in the Somme department of the Picardy region in northern France. Sadly, much of Abbeville's heritage was lost in the bombing raids of the Second World War, although it retains much charm and several impressive sights remain.
Looking for all the other towns? Use the following link: Guide to towns in Picardy

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POITOU-CHARENTES PROPERTY GUIDE

On the west coast of France - the Poitou-Charentes is a popular region for tourism and second home owners. A pleasant climate and reasonably priced properties are the obvious attractions. More on Poitou-Charentes...

DEPARTMENT HOTSPOT - CHARENTE: CHARENTE PROPERTY GUIDE
The department that gave the world Cognac is proving very popular with second home buyers. It has a very rural feel to it with agriculture dominating much of the landscape along with wild forests and high peaks in the north.
Looking for all the other departments? Use the following link: Guide to departments in Poitou-Charentes

TOWN HOTSPOT - CHEF-BOUTONNE: CHEF-BOUTONNE PROPERTY GUIDE
The quaint little market town of Chef-Boutonne lies in the peaceful and rural department of the Deux-Sèvres in western France. The Deux-Sèvres is considered to be one of France's most unspoiled departments, and certainly it has an abundance of lovely gentle landscapes with sunflowers, woodlands and pretty rivers.
Looking for all the other towns? Use the following link: Guide to towns in Poitou-Charentes

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PROVENCE-ALPES-CÔTE D'AZUR PROPERTY GUIDE

Located in the very south-east of France, this region's delightful Mediterranean climate attracts many British buyers each year. Hardly surprising, as the area has a whole host of action-packed opportunities both in winter and summer. Alternatively, you could relax and take in the magnificent environment.  More on Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur...

DEPARTMENT HOTSPOT - VAR: VAR PROPERTY GUIDE
The prosperous Var department is located in the most extreme south-easterly point in France and has an unsurpassable climate, except in early spring when the heavy showers arrive. Property prices are high although prices do fall a little inland. The rental market is stable so it is possible to make a good return on investment.
Looking for all the other departments? Use the following link: Guide to departments in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

TOWN HOTSPOT - NICE: NICE PROPERTY GUIDE
Nice is a dynamic multicultural city in the heart of the French Riviera. This guide provides information about property in the area as well as the usual array of links for more information.
Looking for all the other towns? Use the following link: Guide to towns in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

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RHÔNE-ALPES PROPERTY GUIDE

The renowned Rhône-Alpes, while offering breathtaking scenery and an idyllic way of life, is not as expensive as Paris or Provence. Its many mountains, rivers, dense forests and gorges make it perfect for those with a love of the outdoors. More on Rhône-Alpes...

DEPARTMENT HOTSPOT - HAUTE-SAVOIE: HAUTE-SAVOIE PROPERTY GUIDE
As far back as the 18th century, the Haute-Savoie was a popular tourist destination - main draw being its spectacular glaciers. Today, the lakes, mountains and charming towns attract visitors throughout the year. With its range of attractions and strong rental market, property prices are fairly high in the Haute-Savoie.
Looking for all the other departments? Use the following link: Guide to departments in Rhône-Alpes

TOWN HOTSPOT - LES GETS: LES GETS PROPERTY GUIDE
The village of Les Gets, situated in the Haute-Savoie department of the French Alps, although having experienced massive development over the last ten years as a popular ski resort, is still at heart an authentic Alpine village. There is a vast population explosion in the winter months, taking the village inhabitants from a tiny 1,300 to over 15,000 in the skiing season!
Looking for all the other towns? Use the following link: Guide to towns in Rhône-Alpes

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UPPER-NORMANDY PROPERTY GUIDE

Like Lower Normandy, Upper Normandy has excellent connections to the UK so it has developed into a very popular destination for those looking for a home in France. More on Upper-Normandy...

DEPARTMENT HOTSPOT - EURE: EURE PROPERTY GUIDE
The Eure can often seem like a suburb of Paris. It is true that the development of Paris has had a dramatic effect on the department but look closely and you will find the small towns with the traditional Norman feel to them. It is also here, within the Seine valley, that you will find Monet's garden.
Looking for all the other departments? Use the following link: Guide to departments in Upper-Normandy

TOWN HOTSPOT - ROUEN: ROUEN PROPERTY GUIDE
The city of Rouen, which lies in northern France, is historically one of France's most important cities. It is here, amidst the half-timbered houses and mediaeval cobbled streets, that Saint Joan of Arc was martyred, here that William the Conqueror took his last breath, and here that the heart of Richard the Lionheart is entombed, as a mark of his affection for the great city.
Looking for all the other towns? Use the following link: Guide to towns in Upper-Normandy

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