Nice. Burgundy. Bordeaux. Paris. These are some of the places you associate with French property , but the country is so big that it houses whole range of real estate markets, from beachfront villas on the Riviera to ski chalets in the French Alps.
With such variety available to investors and holiday home buyers, it's almost impossible to cover all of France's potential in one bite-sized. But you can highlight the hotspots that people often overlook.
Here are five property destinations in France you didn't think of:
A commune right on the edge of the Pyrenees, Pau is famous for its beautiful landscape and royal history. Overseas interest in the area was first sparked when it became home to the first ever 18-hole golf course in Europe. It has continued ever since.
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Names after the Charente River, Charente-Maritime is the coastal part of the Poitou Charente region. Tourists flock to the area every summer to enjoy its sun and seafood. The mild climate, which boasts a minimal amount of rain every year, often convinces them to live their permanently.
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Pays de la Loire
Literally translated as "Lands of the Loire River", Pays de la Loire was an artificial created department in recent years to highlight the major city of Nantes. But with the department' range of art, casinos, beaches, golf courses and quiet countryside, there is nothing fake about its appeal to both tourists and property buyers.
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Located in the region of Rhône-Alpes, Chamonix is famous for its ski resorts among the glorious mountain peaks of Aiguille du Midi and Auiguilles Rouges. Its frosty appeal dates all the way back to 1924, when Chamonix hosted the very first Winter Olympics. Overseas interest has been snowballing ever since.
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Nestled between the mountains and the coast in the Southwest of Franche, the Pyrénées-Atlantiques is a unique place in the world: one of the rare places where you can ski in the morning and lounge by the beach in the afternoon. The result is a property market that can cater to both summer and winter seasons, making it a year-round hotspot for tourists and investors alike.
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