Located just across the channel and encompassing both cultural cities and picturesque countryside, it is little surprise that France is one of the top choices for people looking to invest in a holiday home. A place in France can be a real home away from home – within two hours holiday home owners can swap their lives in the UK for a world of fine wines and cheeses, high culture and breathtaking scenery.
Obviously, one of the biggest decisions people have to make is where in France their dream home is situated. The country is extremely diverse, from the hustle and bustle of romantic cities like Paris to the tranquillity and vineyards of the south.
We spoke to Dan Johnson, director at LeadGalaxy.co.uk, which specialises in international real estate marketing, and he revealed what his personal top three locations in France would be for a holiday home.
Dan named Biarritz as one of his top destinations for a holiday home, saying he would choose a place in the north of the region on the Southwest Atlantic coast. It seems he is not alone in the view that it is the place to be, with Biarritz winning the Travellers’ Choice 2012 award.
The trendy beach town is famous for its stunning natural scenery, which is so beautiful that Biarritz was once a hot holiday spot for French nobility. Now one of the surfing capitals of Europe, it is ideal for anyone who has ever fancied hitting the waves, or those who love nothing better than a day spent surfing.
Dan says he is a fan of the area “for the at times savage and at times endlessly beautiful beach, plus the food and the fantastic pine forests”.
Corsica is another of Dan’s top spots for prime real estate abroad. He praised it for its “rugged mountainous countryside and beaches that make you think you’re in the Caribbean”. Indeed, the island paradise is known for its natural beauty, but one of the best things about Corsica is that there is simply so much to do.
Heading up into the Corsican mountains, visitors will find a plethora of activities to entertain them, from white-water sports, kayaking, canoeing and rafting to walking, horse-riding, ATVs, quad biking, 4x4s and snowshoeing. Alternatively, visitors not looking for thrill-seeking activity could simply relax on one of the island’s idyllic beaches.
Foodies will also find themselves in gastronomy heaven, as the region encompasses a myriad of farm inns, wine producers, country fairs and markets, with delicious cuisine being a way of life in Corsica.
3. The French Alps
Keen skiers will no doubt agree with Dan’s third choice – the French Alps, which he maintains offer “quite simply, the best skiing in Europe”. There are a number of famous resort towns up in the mountains, including Albertville (1992 Olympic Winter Games), Grenoble (1968 Olympic Winter Games), Chamonix, St Gervais and Annecy.
Despite seeming remote, the Alps are easily accessible thanks to their popularity, and people who did invest in a property there can easily arrange transfers from surrounding airports.
As well as skiing, the French Alps is famous for its fantastic food – particularly cheese – and has many restaurants at which to dine.
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