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A gateway town to the Suisse-Normande

The town of Flers, in the Orne department of Basse-Normandie in northern France, is a large, attractive town with a thriving commercial centre. The station in the town has rail links to Paris with a travelling time of two hours, which has made Flers an attractive weekend escape or permanent base for commuting for those working in the capital. Flers lies at the edge of the lovely Suisse-Normandie region, and thus is a gateway to some of the prettiest landscapes in France, and the pace of life is considerably more relaxed than in Paris!

Museum in a chateau

Flers has a fabulous sixteenth/seventeenth century castle which houses a very intriguing museum. Here you can find not only an excellent collection of paintings and sculptures, but also a fine local history section with a fascinating display of Norman culinary objects, reflecting the traditions of cooking in the region. A visit to this museum really is an unmissable opportunity for anyone whose enjoyment of France extends to an appreciation of its culture and gastronomy.

Dining out… and in!

While on the subject of gastronomy, Flers deserves a mention for its selection of restaurants which offers residents and visitors a choice of cuisines, ranging from snacks (pizzas, crêpes) to gourmet dining. Normandy has its own distinctive gastronomy, and Flers in particular is notable for certain dishes and delicacies. Try Gousset, Tourte de Canard, or Bècs de Flers, the biscuits made in the town. Flers offers plenty of shops to explore, with large supermarkets and smaller speciality shops where you can purchase local goodies! The town as a whole is well equipped to answer all your needs, with banks, post offices, schools and leisure facilities.

Sports and leisure

Flers offers a range of sporting activities for all levels of fitness and commitment! At the gentler end of the spectrum, the softly undulating green countryside is perfect walking country, and is also well suited to the less adventurous form of cycling. It is good for horse-riding too. There is a golf course, where you can follow the little white ball to your heart's content, and locally you can find squash, tennis, swimming and fishing. Other leisure activities are catered for with a bowling alley, a cinema and a disco.

How to get there

To reach Flers by air you will need to fly to either Cherbourg or Rennes, with flybe or Aer Lingus. The train is another possibility, as you can travel to Paris by Eurostar, then catch a train for Flers. The nearest ferry ports would be Le Havre, Cherbourg, Caen and St-Malo.

Property prices and availability in and around Flers

Property in and around the town comes in all shapes and sizes, with everything from modern new build villas to traditional townhouses and farmsteads. Prices, in general, are very reasonable, particularly in view of the fact that the town is easily connected to Paris through its rail station. Normandy still offers property at prices that have long since disappeared in many regions of France, but prices are beginning to rise as interest increases.

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The town of Flers is located in the Orne department of Basse-Normandie (Lower Normandy). The town lies to the north-west of the department.

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Population: 17,552

Access: By air: The nearest airports offering direct flights to and from the UK are Rennes and Cherbourg. By boat: The ferry ports of Cherbourg, St-Malo, Caen and Le Havre are all accessible from the town.

Economy: The town is a thriving commercial centre, and has a diverse economy. Gastronomy is important, however, and Flers is known particularly for its famous biscuits, Bècs de Flers.

Interesting fact: The town is the starting point for a trail which takes in historic sites which were significant in World War Two.

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