In eastern France, the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté is a multi-faceted and beautiful region that continues to be a favourite with expats. So, why is this area so popular and should you move there?

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Traditional France

For a taste of traditional France, the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté has it all. With stunning architecture and historical sites throughout the region, you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported back in time in many towns and villages. The city of Besançon is a prime example of this. Its beautiful 17th century citadel is a UNESCO world heritage site and offers a spectacular view of the surrounding area. In total, there are seven UNESCO world heritage sites in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region.

Plenty of outdoor activities

If you’re a lover of the great outdoors, you’re sure to fall in love with this region. Whilst the mountains here aren’t as high as the alps, they boast 129 kilometres of pistes and 120 ski lifts. For those who love hiking and nature, there are three regional and one national nature park, and twenty nature reserves.

For those who are keen on boating and fishing, the canals of Burgundy are a network of more than a thousand kilometres. They also link the Seine with the Rhone.

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Great transport links

The Bourgogne-Franche-Comté is served by several motorways and is easy to reach by car from Calais via the A26 and A4. You can also take a direct train from Dijon (the region’s capital) to Paris and also to Lausanne in Switzerland.

To get around within the region, you can use the TER Bourgogne-Franche-Comté rail network. With lines covering nearly the whole of the region, it’s a good option to get around.

Reasonable properties

Prices are fairly reasonable across this region at an average of €1370 per square metre. Dijon, the capital, is the most expensive area, where you should expect to pay around €2,400 per square metre for a home. However, it’s pricier for a reason. A beautiful city with timber houses and great transport links, it is the 8th best place for entrepreneurs in France – so could be ideal if you wish to launch a business venture after your move.


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