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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.

Auvergne – Rhone Alpes 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 – Rhone Alpes guide
In every part of the world, Burgundy – Franche Comté 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 – Franche Comté guide
Britanny 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 Britanny 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 – Val de Loire guide
It’s nicknamed the Island of Beauty for its sublime landscapes, from red cliffs plunging into turquoise waters, to stone villages clinging to mountains and dramatic gorges planted with chestnut trees. There are hidden coves, sandy beaches and craggy peninsulas…

Land of traditions, and gastronomy, in the middle of Europe, the Grand Est is a traditional country. Discovery and terroir lovers appreciate. This country is known for its white wines, its gastronomy, and its Christmas market. The Grand Est has Art and History cities, with traditional flowered houses, medieval castles, churches, and famous museum.

Visit the Grand Est 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. Visit the Hauts de France 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.. Visit the Paris – Ile de France 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
The draw of life in Nouvelle 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 Nouvelle Aquitaine guide
Occitanie 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 Occitanie 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
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 – Alpes Côte d’Azur guide

Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guiana or Reunion, French DOM-TOM islands are as beautiful as varied. Paradisiac beaches and great sun are here. If you’re dreaming about a idyllic and far away destination, DOM-TOM are made for you !

Visit the Dom-Tom guide

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