Town of Albi, France
For the inhabitants of Midi-Pyrenees, the splendid landscapes of the region are a normal feature. The same rule applies to the gastronomy, where cassoulet, foie gras, truffles, armagnac or monbazillac seem to be part of daily life. A house for sale in Toulouse? Cultural dynamism and effervescence will be on the program. Otherwise: quiet and authenticity. Each corner of this vast and rich region has its own traditions and its own architecture. This is why property in Midi-Pyrenees is very varied and the choice of houses for sale varies according to place: old shepherds' houses, the rectangular houses of Quercy or 'Petites Toulousaines' (small Toulouse houses), to mention just a few.
The Loire and the many rivers which run through Saône-et-Loire attract many fishing enthusiasts and holiday makers. The Morvan Nature Park and the 120 kilometer Green Way attract nature lovers, hikers and cyclists. So, in principle, the department is strong on eco tourism. But not only, as Autun, Paray-le-Monial or Cluny Abbey are required visits for their historical interest. And all of this is within easy reach of Lyon. Property in Saône-et-Loire remains affordable and one can find good plots of land not on estates, or houses to renovate in the peaceful countryside. Town life: an old mill near Tournus, a charming property with guest rooms in Cluny, or an apartment in the center of Macon?
The hospital quay and the Doyenné Tower, Chalon-sur-Saône, France
The key word in this department is 'nature'. Lovely rolling countryside, deep forests, many lakes and big ponds make the Nièvre a department of greenery and water. Total happiness for open air enthusiasts! But fans of architecture will also find what they want here, in Nevers, former ducal city or in Charité-sur-Loire, both listed as 'Towns of art and history'. There are a lot of houses for sale and at all prices because property in Nièvre remains, in general, very affordable. So you will have the choice of a little country house near Nevers, an old water mill in the heart of the Morvan, or a renovated farm house in Suilly-la-Tour.
Nièvre countryside, Burgundy, France
The Côte d'Or gets its name from the golden hues of the hillsides, covered in vineyards, in the Autumn. It is a department which conceals architectural wonders like Dijon, 'City of art and history', the medieval city of Semur en Auxois, or the magnificent Hospices de Beaune. The property in Côte d'Or is wonderful: old buildings to renovate, character properties, luxurious residences... But it is nevertheless affordable and there are property there for all prices. So, you have the choice: an apartment in Dijon, land in one of the hamlets around Beaune, or a country house near Nuits-Saint-Georges to be closer to the vines. Because... it is hard for lovers of good food and wine to be moderate in this department!
Hospices de Beaune in Burgundy, France
Less than 2 hours from Paris, Yonne has magnificent towns and villages with a rich historic and religious past, in its peaceful countryside irrigated by its many rivers and streams: Vézelay, Auxerre, Sens... among many others! There is a lot to do and see in this less well known department. So why not invest there? Because property in Yonne is varied and one can find all sorts of property, for all budgets: plots of land, village houses, farms to renovate... And if you prefer towns: a traditional house in the centre of Auxerre, or a country house near Sens. And at the end of the day, what better than a plate of Burgundy snails with a good glass of Chablis.
Les Andelys, Eure, France