Highly varied landscapes, an impressive tourism offer and a wide range of properties for sale make Rhône-Alpes a region of good living, which its inhabitants and an ever-growing number of visitors appreciate with great ease. The most extensive ski slopes with chalet and ski properties to buy and rent are here and, if all of the region's ski-lifts were joined end to end, they would cover the distance from Lyon to Cairo. The fact that the Winter Olympics have been held three times in the region has solidly underlined its sporting identity and is the reason why so many people have bought property in the Rhône-Alpes region. Rhône-Alpes has a wealth of museums, including Lyon's Saint-Pierre Museum, the leading French museum after the Louvre, the National centre of Contemporary Art of Grenoble, or Saint-Etienne's Museum of Modern Art. The Rhône Alpes region has eight departments: Rhône (dept 69), Ain (dept 01), Haute Savoie (dept 74), Savoie (dept 73), Loire (dept 42), Isère (dept 38), Ardèche (dept 07) and Drôme (dept 26).
Everything about Brittany is distinctive, from its geography and its granite looks to its traditions and its language. Brittany is divided into four departments which are: Finistère (dept 56) in the west, Côtes d'Armor (dept 22) in the north, Morbihan (dept 56) in the south, and Ille et Vilaine (dept 35) in the east. You can buy property in Brittany with spectacular sea views, set in ancient towns with houses and gites on beautiful islands and in remote woodlands. The region stands apart from the rest of France, its long peninsula dotted with rural properties for sale or rent reaching out 300 kilometres into the Atlantic, however, Brittany isn't isolated, but open to the world. While it celebrates its traditions, it's also forward-looking and fun-loving. Brittany boasts a staggering 1,700 miles of coastline and is one of France's very top destinations for tourism and seaside holidays and for English to buy or rent property.
With its 350 miles of coastline and richly varied landscapes, Normandy gives you a wonderful choice of scenery, culture and properties to buy or rent of all kinds: the stunning beauty of the cliffs in Etretat or the long sandy beaches, steeped in history, from Caen to Arromanches, the Seine Valley winding between wooded hills and chalk escarpments, the craggy hills of the Suisse Normande, and the patchwork of fields and hedges of the Calvados county with its orchards and timber-framed cottages, farm-houses, gites and houses. It is made up of the following five departments: Calvados (dept 14), Eure (dept 27), Manche (dept 50), Orne (dept 61) and Seine-Maritime (dept 76).
Poitiers is the capital of the Poitou-Charentes Region and the region's coastline is said to be the second sunniest region of France (after Provence) with properties for sale or rent with fantastic sea views. There are four departments in the region: Charente (dept 16), Charente-Maritime, (dept 17), Deux-Sevrés (dept 79) and Vienne (dept 86). The region boasts miles of coastline with fine sandy beaches, backed by fragrant pine forests and lively resorts such as La Rochelle, Royan and the islands of Oléron, Aix and Ré. Inland, there are wooded valleys, the Poitou fens and Marais Poitevin, the tranquility of the Canals, the valley of Vienne and the Cognac vineyards.
Bordered along the whole of its west coast by the Atlantic Ocean, Aquitaine is bathed in a mild oceanic climate with the influence of the Gulf Stream. There are four departments in Aquitaine: Dordogne (dept 24), Lot et Garonne, (dept 47), Landes (dept 40) and Gironde (dept 33). The 2,200 sunshine hours per year make the Bordeaux region similar to the Mediterranean. Along with rainfall that is well distributed over the year, this sunshine is one of the elements which favour vine-growing in Aquitaine. The towns and villages of Aquitaine impress visitors with their marvellously well-preserved heritage, notably their architecture, influenced in past times by the Romans and then by the English. Alongside sites officially accredited as the "Loveliest Villages in France", a thousand and one other places are also a delight for the eyes and the mind. The region is very popular for these reasons with visitors who have bought gites, houses and farm houses as holiday homes or to emigrate to.
The Region of Languedoc-Roussillon is located in the central region of the south of France and is one of France's major wine-growing areas. The Region has five departments: four are Mediterranean coastal departments: Gard (dept 30), Hérault (dept 34), Aude (dept 11) and the Pyrénées Orientales (dept 66). The upland department of Lozère (48) forms the southern bastion of the Massif Central. The Region's capital is the city of Montpellier - a thriving modern city in the Hérault Department which also boasts a historic centre. Languedoc has a considerable coastal plain – which is characterised by long sandy beaches with resorts such as Cap d'Agde, Palavas and Narbonne Plage, all with prestige apartment, flats and holiday homes with fantastic sea views. The Pyrenees mountain range forms a natural land barrier between France and Spain – housing a magnificent range of high mountains. The coastline where they meet the sea has many pretty coastal villages such as Banyuls and Collioure.
The region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur was previously called Provence-Côte d'Azur and is the direct descendent of the French province of Provence. Today, it is comprised of the departments of Alpes-Maritimes (dept 06), Hautes-Alpes (dept 05), Bouches-du-Rhône (dept 13), Vaucluse (dept 84), Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (dept 04) and Var (dept 83). The capital of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur is Marseille. The other main cities are Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Cannes, Nice and Toulon. The cities of Marseille and Toulon are located along the western coast of the region. To the east, the area from Cannes to the Italian border, is known as the French Riviera with famously beautiful and prestige flats and apartments to rent and buy.
François I, Charles VII, Leonardo da Vinci, George Sand and Marcel Proust were not wrong when they all decided to live in the Loire Valley. Since 2001, the Loire Valley has been listed as World Heritage by UNESCO for its 'cultural landscapes'. Today this cultural dimension is everywhere to be seen in this land of varied scenery and contrasting architecture: cave dwellings, Renaissance châteaux, medieval fortresses, historical towns, gardens, abbeys... These attraction make the region very popular for visitors to buy holiday homes and apartments. Holiday makers enjoy visits to Châteaux, unusual sites and plenty of surprises on the way.