The River Loire and its tributary the Allier, run through the Haute-Loire which is essentially a rural department with strong Occitan traditions. Hundreds of churches and chapels, as well as many UNESCO listed world heritage sites, attract thousands of visitors during the warmer months, tourists and pilgrims going to Compostela. It is thus the ideal department to get into the tourist business, with bed and breakfast, or holiday cottages, as prices are very affordable for this kind of property. But you could also feel like moving there simply for a peaceful lifestyle. So a character house in Brioude, or an apartment at the heart of Puy-en-Velay... up to you to choose. And if you were to prefer the quiet of the countryside, buying an old farmhouse around Yssingeaux could be very much up your street.