The Pays-de-la-Loire has long been a favorite for overseas property buyers looking for both holiday homes and forever homes. However, for those who wish to move to France with a family, this region couldn’t be more ideal. Here’s why!

The best of coast and countryside

The Pays-de-la-Loire is made up of two coastal departments and three inland, so the region boasts an extremely diverse landscape. You can, therefore, enjoy the best of the beautiful French countryside and some stunning coastal areas, such as the Côte de Jade and Vendée. The Loire Valley is known as the ‘garden of France’ and is perfect for spotting wildlife.

One of the best ways to explore the region is by bike and there are plenty of designated trails to follow through the wonderful countryside of western France. What better way to spend a day as a family?

Plenty of history

If you and the kids or grandchildren love to explore historic sites and buildings, then the Pays-de-la-Loire won’t disappoint. Saumur is a particularly great place to visit to take in some of the region’s past. It is also home to troglodyte dwellings, some of which have been turned into restaurants, bars and even homes. You’ll also find several museums in the Château de Saumur houses, including the Museum of Toys.

There are also several beautiful châteaux to visit that were built in the Renaissance, including the châteaux of the Loire Valley that sits along the stretch of the Loire River.

Brilliant theme parks

For a treat and a great day out, why not try one of the region’s theme parks? Educational as well as entertaining, they offer a different experience to theme parks in the UK. Terra Botanica is a theme park devoted to the wonderful world of plants, set over 37 acres of beautiful gardens. Puy du Fou is a theme park that immerses you in France’s history. It’s the most visited theme park in France after Disneyland Paris.

Cheaper properties with plenty of land

If you’re moving to or visiting France with the whole family, you’ll need a spacious property with a substantial garden. As Pays-de-la-Loire is such a rural department, thankfully it is easy to find a cheaper property away from the hotspots by the coast and in large towns. The average property price for old houses and apartments is 1,950 € / m².

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