The Pyrenees Orientales department in the South of the Languedoc Roussillon region is a beautifully diverse area with both snow capped mountains and golden sandy beaches. A great location for either a holiday or a new life if you have aspirations to live in France. Although this is quite a large department, and there are lots of pretty towns and villages you might consider, there are three locations that are most popular amongst the international property investor.
Property in Collioure is probably the most highly sort after. This picturesque old fishing village is now a major holiday destination thanks to its artistic heritage and its fantastic location of the Mediterranean coast just 30 minutes from the boarder with Spain. Collioure property for sale is not cheap, you will need a big budget to afford anything around here. You will also have to ask yourself if you want to be around in the high season when the village really gets packed.
A slightly more sedate option could be to look at property in Ceret. The real estate prices are still pretty high here as the small town of Ceret has lots and lots of charm. It has a very arty laid back feel and, again, a feeling of quite wealth about it. It’s in a great location as well, being quite secluded and having a rural feel but in actual fact being close to the main motorway routes and the coast. There are plenty of shops, pretty boutiques and restaurants to keep you busy and give you everything you need to get by.
If Ceret is still just out of your reach financially then your next best option is the very popular and up and coming town of Prades. This town has an amazing location with dramatic mountain scenery all around. Add to this lower property costs and a great location equidistant between the ski resorts in the winter and the beautiful sandy beaches in the summer and it’s easy to see why foreign investors are buying here.
So there are three great options for your Pyrenees property guide, but this is just scratching the surface. Book yourself a good long month, or at least a couple of weeks, and take a tour of the department. Only by extensively traveling around will you really discover all that this part of France has to offer.