5 unforgettable French real estate hotspots

The problem with French real estate hotspots is that there are so many of them. The country is so big that dream property destinations are all over the place, in the North, South, East and West. And then, of course, there's the centre of Paris.

With such a vast array of property markets to choose from, it can be easy to lose track of where you want to buy, but some places really leave an impression. Indeed, TheMoveChannel.com profiles some of the country's most memorable locations.

Here are five unforgettable French real estate hotspots:


Who can forget Nantes? The sixth largest city in France, its location on the Loire River gives Nantes a picturesque quality that is hard to beat. But it's not just pretty landscapes that set apart this popular property destination: its strong economy, innovative industry and environmental efforts have all garnered praise over the years, with Time magazine calling it the most liveable city in Europe.

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Located in the South of France's Heraul department, Beziers is famous for its annual bullfighting event that takes place in August. Combined with its beautiful backdrop of the River Orb and wealth of ancient history, Beziers' blend of culture, tradition and nature makes it one of France's most desirable places to own a second home.

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Perpignan may not be in the French Riviera but its Mediterranean climate is strikingly similar to France's most desirable area. The city's warm summers and mild winters make it a promising starting point for holiday home hunting, while Salvador Dali once declared its railway station to be the centre of the universe after thinking up his best plans there. Whether you want a pleasant climate or an inspirational transport system, property in Perpignan is a demonstrably good idea.

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No, not the TV detective. Bergerac is one of the most important towns in the Dordogne region, boasting beautiful medieval buildings, world-class wine and an idyllic riverside location. Old, respectable, alluring and well-known to tourists around the world, maybe it's not that dissimilar to the TV detective after all.

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The home of the Notre Dame cathedral, Rouen's gothic architecture makes it one of the most recognisable cities in the world. Despite its popularity with tourists, though, Notre Dame is predominantly a domestic property market filled with locals and commuters. Nonetheless, the rental prospects make it an attractive place to invest.

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