Formerly the province of Bourbonnais, the Allier is a peaceful department in preserved countryside. Wooded countryside with magnificent forests, the Allier gorges and rolling hills make this department an ideal destination for a restful holiday or peaceful retirement. There are a lot of castles and romanesque churches enrich the villages, each one more beautiful than the others. Property in Allier is very affordable with many barns or farm cottages to renovate in the countryside. But one can also easily find a house for sale in Moulins or Montluçon if you prefer city life. And for a good investment, buying an apartment in the spa town of Vichy is ideal, with the number of people who come for spa treatment all year round.