The Nouvelle Aquitaine is one of the most popular regions of France to buy property. It’s the largest administrative region in the country with plenty to offer – think beautiful countryside, meandering rivers and exquisite architecture. Not to mention the abundance of charming towns, cities and villages. So, which Nouvelle Aquitaine town would suit you best? We explore three places that could be just what you’ve been searching for…
Let’s start with Bordeaux, the sixth largest city in France. Bursting with elegance and charm and surrounded by world-renowned vineyards, Bordeaux offers the true French experience.
Having received a substantial amount of investment in recent years, the city’s transport and infrastructure is excellent and has made Bordeaux one of the most sophisticated cities in France. As well as gorgeous 18th century buildings, the city is a leader in urban culture with the world’s largest urban World Heritage Site.
In the heart of the city is a breathtaking water feature known as the Miroir d’eau which creates a magnificent reflection on the ground of the Place de la Bourse.
Property in Bordeaux is on the higher side, but head towards the outskirts and there are plenty of options for all budgets. The average two- to three-bedroom house costs around €300,000.
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Next is the beautiful town of Perigueux, situated in the Dordogne department. With a wonderful combination of medieval and Roman architecture, boutique cafes and shops and a superb modern shopping centre, the town has something to offer everyone.
Perhaps the town’s most impressive feature is the St. Front Cathedral, originally built in 1120, which is a stopping point on the famous pilgrimage route to St. James of Compostela. Another interesting part of the town is the medieval square; once a medieval execution ground, it is now the location for the weekly Saturday market.
Property is more affordable than Bordeaux, with most two- to three- bedroom houses with a small garden costing around €250,000.
Lastly, we look at Bergerac, a lovely town sat on the northern bank of the Dordogne River. It is classed as a town of Art and History with a wonderful, café-lined Old Town bursting with colourful flowers – the perfect place to sit in the sunshine and watch the world go by.
This medieval town has a fairy-tale feel about it with pretty little half-timbered dwellings, straight out of a storybook!
There is always a lot going on in Bergerac from markets to exhibitions to concerts. There is also the National Tobacco Museum! Aside from the old town, there is a modern town too with more conventional shops and restaurants.
Property can be a little hard to come by in the town centre, with many homes needing some renovation work doing. Head to the outskirts for more choice. Two- to three- bedroom houses tend to cost around €300,000.
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