A region of contrasts between the sea and the mountains, Aquitaine is a rich land with varied landscapes. Property in Aquitaine is also very varied. All types of houses for sale are available from the Landes or Basque style house to the Béarn or Périgord style farmhouse. After being an English territory for some time, the Duchy of Aquitaine was definitively attached to the French crown. It is a real paradise for property where it is good to live all year round, or simply for the holidays. Surfers, skiers, hikers, gourmets and lovers of old monuments find what they want here.
Property in Dordogne is very much sought after! Its cultural heritage, its gastronomy and the variety of landscapes go towards explaining its attraction. The departement covers the former province of Périgord. And whether the Périgord is green, white or purple, it is all attractive for the eyes as well as for the palate. Who has not dreamed of buying a property in Sarlat? But one could also be tempted by buying an apartment in the medieval quarter of Périgueux, historical town on the banks of the Isle or a pigeon loft or house to renovate... not too far from a truffle field.
With two rivers flowing through it, the Lot-et-Garonne is really appreciated by lovers of quiet and nature. Its roads are littered with lively little towns and villages. In a good location, about 60 minutes from Bordeaux and Toulouse, it offers outdoor activity enthusiasts a lot of scope: golf, fishing, water sports as well as hiking, cycling and riding with over 87 kilometres of its Green Way (Voie Verte). Detached houses make up the biggest sector of the real estate market in Lot-et-Garonne, many having views of the valleys of the Lot or the Garonne rivers. But maybe you are tempted by a house or apartment in the outskirts of one of the beautiful country towns like Villeneuve sur Lot, Monflanquin, or perhaps Monclar?
Gironde is a departement with a rich historical heritage as seen with the many chateaux and religious monuments. The Atlantic Coast, the Landes forests and vineyards make Gironde a sought after area where many cultural events take place regularly and where good food and wine are guaranteed. Of course, all that comes at a price and property in Gironde remains fairly expensive. But what wouldn't one do to get an apartment near Sainte Catherine's Street in Bordeaux, or a house overlooking Arcachon harbor? And if you would like to live in the midst of the vineyards, in a UNESCO heritage site, then buying a property in Saint Emilion seems to be obligatory.
As its name says, the departement of Pyrénées-Atlantiques benefits from a privileged location between the sea and mountains. Its inhabitants, who are very welcoming, have a well developed skill for having fun. The crowd dressed in red and white in Bayonne for its famous festivals is the proof of this! To sum up, this is a friendly region with a good lifestyle which can include water sports, as well as skiing and hiking in the Basque Country. There is plenty of property for sale in Pyrenées-Atlantiques, although prices vary according to the area in the departement. So, let yourself be tempted by buying an apartment in Pau facing the Pyrénées, a villa in Biarritz near a surfing beach, or a Basque house on one of the rolling green hills.
Basque houses in Sare, Pryénées-Atlantiques
More than 100 kilometers of sandy coastline bordered by high dunes, the biggest forest in France and rolling hills dedicated to livestock and crops sum up the departement of the Landes. Between surf and gastronomy, bull fights and spa cures, this is a place where you can have a good lifestyle all year round in a temperate, sunny climate. Property in the Landes varies in style and price depending on the spot. There is plenty of choice: buy a property in Mont de Marsan to have a town lifestyle, a house in Biscarrosse for the joy of water sports or a traditional house in Chalosse to appreciate foie gras and the vineyards.
The country town of Armagnac, Landes