Nestled in the picturesque French region of Occitanie, Hérault offers an enticing blend of rural charm and coastal allure. But where in Hérault would suit you to retire to? Here, we look at Montpellier, Sète and Béziers, so that you can decipher which one feels most like you.
Hérault boasts of an average of 300 sunny days per year. So, you can spend your retirement getting a steady dose of vitamin D while you enjoy your natural surroundings, including its picturesque beaches, rivers, lakes, and mountains.
Furthermore, if you want to pop back to the UK (or elsewhere), the department is easily accessible via a 1h 50 min flight from London Gatwick or a 12-hour drive from the Eurotunnel. The region is served by Montpellier’s Méditerranée Airport.
Montpellier: a city of art and culture
If you want to spend your retirement soaking up culture and art, then Montpellier is the place for you.. It is full of architectural amazements: from its well-preserved Medieval streets to its neoclassical buildings. There’s plenty of art, theatre and culture to indulge in too, such as the Fabre Museum and the Montpellier Contemporary Art Museum. Furthermore, as the city centre is car-free, it has a lovely, old-world charm While not directly on the sea, the city centre is a mere 11km from the coast, making it a popular destination for second homes and holiday retreats.
Sète: the “Venice of Languedoc”
If being in a beautiful setting is the key to your happiness, you will like a home in Sète. Enticingly, it is called the “Venice of Languedoc”, because of its charming criss-cross canals. Plus, you’ll have access to the Mediterranean Sea and the Thau Lagoon, as Sète is nestled between the two. It is not just Montpellier that has a great cultural scene, Sète is home to renowned Musée Paul Valéry, which houses an impressive collection of European art.
Béziers: a village-like atmosphere
For those seeking a quiet but welcoming atmosphere to settle into in retirement, Béziers is the perfect destination. It benefits from being located only 15km from four sandy beaches. While also being just a short drive from the Languedoc countryside, If you’re a history buff, you’ll be curious to know Béziers is one of Europe’s oldest cities, dating back to 36 BC. The city’s vibe reeves up for its annual Feria de Béziers, a five-day bullfighting festival that attracts up to a million visitors each year.
Property for sale in Hérault
On the Greenacres property portal, we have a vast choice of properties for sale in Hérault. It is possible to find a small apartment for as little as €40,000. Alternatively, for a similar price, you could buy an old village house and totally transform it into a beautiful home. To purchase a villa in Hérault, you will need a budget of at least €250,000. Hérault has fantastic options for luxury property hunters too. From period buildings to shiny new builds, boasting of private gardens, swimming pools and terraces with astonishing views.