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French area guides

Welcome to Sextant’s French region guides, your resource to discover France and its traditions before buying a property and living in France.
Sextant’s guides are organised by regions and explain the lifestyle you can have if you decide to buy a property. You will also find information about places where you can stay during your trip and how to book a week in a gite or Guesthouse. There are also examples of local recipes you should try during your trip.

Aquitaine Property Guide

The draw of life in Aquitaine ensures it is one of the most popular areas in France for both holidays and for starting a new life. Aquitaine is the largest region in France and is very popular for English people for historic reasons. Visit the Aquitaine guide

Auvergne Property Guide

Auvergne is brimming with lakes, rivers, reservoirs, waterfalls and streams. Tempestuous water rushes down mountain slopes before coming to rest in placid lakes. Whatever kind of water you like, you’ll find your corner of paradise. Visit the Auvergne guide

Brittany Property Guide

Bretagne is probably the region most people think of when talking about life in France. Its popularity as a holiday destination has been reinforced by the appeal amongst many Brits of living in this most westerly tip of France. Visit the Brittany guide

Burgundy Property Guide

In every part of the world, Burgundy will forever be associated with the liquid gold which it nurtures in its soils. 280 wine producers, wine traders, small cellars in which you can sample the wine and Wine Centres are all ready to welcome you to their cellars. Visit the Burgundy guide

Centre Property Guide

Everyday life or royal splendour, come and discover the vestiges of times gone by. From prehistory to the Renaissance, from the Middle Ages to the 19th century, the Centre region, cradle of French royalty, has been the setting of many an important event in the country’s history. Visit the Centre guide

Limousin Property Guide

Limousin is famous in France for being the most rural region. It has numerous lakes and landscapes similar to the UK 50 years ago. Visit the Limousin guide

Languedoc-Roussillon Property Guide

Languedoc Roussillon is a very popular region for its local wine and vineyards. You can tour around and meet the producers who sell their wine through direct sales. Visit the Languedoc-Roussillon guide

Midi-Pyrenees Property Guide

Midi-Pyrenees is very famous for its rugby team in Toulouse and for the stone houses which have preserved their character. The region is very famous for its artisans, for example: the village of Laguiole, which is famous for its knives. Visit the Midi-Pyrenees guide

Normandy Property Guide

Located in the north west of France, Normandy is a popular destination for both the British and Parisians looking for a holiday home. In Normandy you will be able to try the cider and the local receipes. Visit the Normandy guide

Paris Property Guide

Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world. Every year 45 million tourists go there, enticed by its iconic landmarks, world-famous museums and other numerous attractions. Built on the ruins of the Gallo-Roman city of Lutetia, Paris was officially founded in 360 AD as a fortress on an Island on the river Seine.. View the Paris guide

Pays de La Loire Property Guide

Located in the west part of France, Pays de La Loire is well know for its numerous castles and the Loire river. You can also try the local spirit called Cointreau. Visit the Pays de La Loire guide

Picardy Property Guide

Situated in the north of France, has borders with Haute-Normandie, Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Paris. Its cultural, gastronomical and historical heritage is unparalleled, and the region is rich, diverse and unspoilt, making it a brilliant choice for a second or holiday home. View the Picardy guide

Poitou-Charentes Property Guide

No less than 450 kilometers of coastline wend their way down the Charente seashore. Between high and low seas, the long sandy beaches bordered by pine trees alternate with chalky cliffs and wild sites. Poitou-Charentes is also well know for the Cognac. Visit the Poitou-Charentes guide

French-Alps Property Guide

The French alps are the most famous mountains in France for ski holidays. You can also go during the summer to discover the summer activities. Visit the French-Alps guide

Provence Cote D’Azur Property Guide

The Provence and the Cote D’Azur are the most famous places during the summer in France. The Mediterranean climate married with olives and rosee wine will help you to enjoy your holidays. Visit the Provence Cote D’Azur guide

It is often said that when buying a property in France you are not buying only a home but also a lifestyle!

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