Property guides to the regions, departments and the best towns in France
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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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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
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
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 - PUY-DE-DÔME: PUY-DE-DÔME PROPERTY GUIDE
The agricultural Puy-de-Dôme department is home to some breathtaking landscapes. Visitors will be struck by its contrasting scenery with volcanic mountain ranges overlooking rich pastureland and lakes. Despite its increasing popularity, properties here still represent real value for money.
Looking for all the other departments? Use the following link: Guide to departments in Auvergne
TOWN HOTSPOT - SAINT GERVAIS D'AUVERGNE: SAINT GERVAIS D'AUVERGNE PROPERTY GUIDE
The town of Saint Gervais d'Auvergne is found in the Puy-de-Dôme department of the Auvergne region in southern central France. Set amid the volcanic landscapes and fertile earth of the region, Saint Gervais is a rural market town that is conveniently located for access to the main attractions of the area.
Looking for all the other towns? Use the following link: Guide to towns in Auvergne
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
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 - CLUNY: CLUNY PROPERTY GUIDE
The beautiful town of Cluny, which is found in the Saône et Loire department of the Burgundy region of eastern central France, is famous as the birthplace of Saint Benedict. The town developed around the Benedictine Abbey which is now a National Monument of France. Cluny lies on the Grosne River, amid lovely, gentle countryside, and is also noted for its National Stud with wonderful horses and centre of equestrian excellence.
Looking for all the other towns? Use the following link: Guide to towns in Burgundy
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 - LA CHATRE: LA CHATRE PROPERTY GUIDE
La Chatre is a pretty tourist town located in the South of the Indre. Property here is still fairly cheap, however. It's a great place in which to relax and spend time. The town has great sports facilities.
Looking for all the other towns? Use the following link: Guide to towns in Central Loire Valley
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
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
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 - JURA: JURA PROPERTY GUIDE
The relatively undiscovered landscape of the Jura department is overlooked by many potential property investors. However, the Jura's stunning, unspoilt environment combined with a large number of tourist attractions and an extremely strong rental market make this an excellent choice for a property purchase.
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
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
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 - AUDE: AUDE PROPERTY GUIDE
Deep in the heart of the Cathar country, the Aude lies in the Languedoc-Roussillon on the edge of the Pyrenees. The department has 50km of Mediterranean coastline, but also has mountains and deep forests to interest those with a taste for adventure.
Looking for all the other departments? Use the following link: Guide to departments in Languedoc-Roussillon
TOWN HOTSPOT - CARCASSONNE: CARCASSONNE PROPERTY GUIDE
Find out why this magical town in the Languedoc Roussillon continues to amaze visitors from all over the world. Do you know which animated film was based on this town? A vital round-up for those considering property in the area. All the essential travel details are covered.
Looking for all the other towns? Use the following link: Guide to towns in Languedoc-Roussillon
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 - BELLAC: BELLAC PROPERTY GUIDE
The riverside town of Bellac, in the Limousin, is great for water-sports and other outdoor pursuits. Property in and around the town remains incredibly inexpensive.
Looking for all the other towns? Use the following link: Guide to towns in Limousin
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 - BAINS-LES-BAINS: BAINS-LES-BAINS PROPERTY GUIDE
The little spa town of Bains-les-Bains in north-east France, is a delightfully pretty haven of tranquillity, surrounded by beautiful green forestry. There can be no better place, surely, to recharge your batteries and enjoy the spa treatments available here, which are said to benefit health in numerous ways.
Looking for all the other towns? Use the following link: Guide to towns in Lorraine
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 - SOURDEVAL: SOURDEVAL PROPERTY GUIDE
The small market town of Sourdeval sits in the typically Norman countryside known as the "Bocage" in the department of the Manche in the north of France. The Bocage is a softly undulating land of green meadows, distinctive, high hedgerows and cider orchards. Sourdeval is a pretty, cheerful town with good local amenities and well placed for accessing the sights and splendours of Normandy.
Looking for all the other towns? Use the following link: Guide to towns in Lower-Normandy
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 - LOT: LOT PROPERTY GUIDE
The Lot department is very popular with families and retirees. Many have moved here from abroad due to the fine climate, dramatic landscapes and friendly atmosphere. Most of the department is actually classified as a Regional Natural Park.
Looking for all the other departments? Use the following link: Guide to departments in Midi-Pyrénées
TOWN HOTSPOT - FLEURANCE: FLEURANCE PROPERTY GUIDE
Fleurance, situated in south-west France in the ancient region of Gascony, is a delightful little market town sitting in unspoiled countryside, yet nevertheless offering all amenities. The town is notable for its succession of markets, including an excellent general market held every Tuesday, and also some fascinating flea markets which are a must for anyone interested in authentic French bric-a-brac!
Looking for all the other towns? Use the following link: Guide to towns in Midi-Pyrénées
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
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 - FONTENAY LE COMTE: FONTENAY LE COMTE PROPERTY GUIDE
Fontenay-Le-Comte, lying between the ocean, the marshes and the forests of the Vendée, represents a beautiful example of Vendeen architecture. The city is really three cities in one, being made up of three distinct areas in concentric circles. The inner city dates from medieval times, surrounding its walls is the Renaissance city, and outside that is the modern commercial area.
Looking for all the other towns? Use the following link: Guide to towns in Pays de la Loire
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 - OISE: OISE PROPERTY GUIDE
The Oise department is close to Paris, while at the same time it provides a scenic and peaceful environment in which to relax. Don't forget to visit Compiegne, France's royal retreat that has somehow managed to escape the tourist trail.
Looking for all the other departments? Use the following link: Guide to departments in Picardy
TOWN HOTSPOT - CRÉCY EN PONTHIEU: CRÉCY EN PONTHIEU PROPERTY GUIDE
Crécy en Ponthieu is an attractive and historic market town that is found in the Somme department of the Picardy region in northern France. Situated nearby is the famous Crécy battlefield, and also the beautiful Crécy Forest.
Looking for all the other towns? Use the following link: Guide to towns in Picardy
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 - CONFOLENS: CONFOLENS PROPERTY GUIDE
Confolens gets its name from its location on the confluence of the River Vienne and the River Goire. Every year visitors flock here to take part in and witness its renowned folk festival.
Looking for all the other towns? Use the following link: Guide to towns in Poitou-Charentes
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 - ALPES-MARITIMES: ALPES-MARITIMES PROPERTY GUIDE
Welcome to the French Riviera! The Alpes-Maritimes lies in the most south-easterly point in France and is an extremely wealthy department. It has a typical Riviera feel to it combined with a strong Italian influence. Nice is the departmental capital and is considered the unofficial capital of the French Riviera as well. It's a fun and relaxing city with a very young population and clean, pebbly beaches.
Looking for all the other departments? Use the following link: Guide to departments in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
TOWN HOTSPOT - CANNES: CANNES PROPERTY GUIDE
Cannes is famous for its glamorous lifestyle, perfect climate and stunning setting - not to mention its festivals. This affluent and desirable city has high property prices, but also has a very stable rental market so investing in property here can give good returns.
Looking for all the other towns? Use the following link: Guide to towns in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
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 - SAVOIE: SAVOIE PROPERTY GUIDE
With over 60 ski resorts to choose from, it's easy to see why Savoie is so popular as a winter destination. But this area has much to attract visitors all year round. Once the snow melts, the range of leisure activities includes hiking, white water sports and mountain biking. Chambery, the capital city is a fascinating place to explore with its maze of cobbled streets.
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
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 - LES ANDELYS: LES ANDELYS PROPERTY GUIDE
Les Andelys is a town found in northern France, on a bend in the River Seine as it flows through the Eure department of Upper Normandy or Haute-Normandie. The town is probably best known for its chateau, built for Richard the Lionheart.
Looking for all the other towns? Use the following link: Guide to towns in Upper-Normandy
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