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We have all chosen to live in the Languedoc Roussillon region and can speak from personal experience of making the move to France ourselves.(see sidebar)
Enjoy the delights of the Canal du Midi, the peace and tranquility on the water as you pass under the plane trees that line the canal. Stretching from Bordeaux to Toulouse, the Les Canal des Deux Mers (Canal de Garonne and the Canal du Midi) link the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. You can cycle from one end to the other in 10 days at a pace that leaves plenty of time for exploring.
Did you know there are actually numerous regional airports in the locality, such as Montpellier, Perpignan or Carcassonne, Toulouse, Carcasonne and Nîmes-Arles-Camargue?
Ryan Air from Stansted (London-Stansted) to Carcassonne (Salvaza), Montpellier-Mediterranean, Nîmes-Arles-Camargue, Toulouse (Blagnac) and Perpignan (Rivesaltes).
Liverpool to Carcassonne (Salvaza) and Nîmes-Arles-Camargue,
Flybe from Southampton to Perpignan (Rivesaltes), Avignon
Birmingham to Perpignan (Rivesaltes) and Toulouse (Blagnac)
Bristol to Toulouse (Blagnac).
Easyjet from Gatwick (London-Gatwick) to Toulouse (Blagnac), Marseille and Nice.
So you should make sure that the Languedoc Roussillon is where you buy your dream home, if you looking to go there regularly and cheaply!!
Check airline websites for information about seasonal routings.
Pézenas is renowned for its antiques and twice a year, on the 1st Sunday in May and the 2nd Sunday in October, their Antique Association organises the ‘Grand Déballage’, a large second-hand market that spreads almost a kilometre along the Nationale 113 road. You’ll find over 150 exhibitors present throughout the day …
If you’re on the lookout for furniture, old linens, jewellery, crockery, paintings, trinkets, glass, watches, books and posters… this is the town to visit!
Languedoc-Roussillon is where the adjacent border with Spain ensures a far different culture to the Italian influenced area. Four of the five départments within this region border the Med. With around 2,700 hours of sunshine each year, you’ll have plenty of time to find your favourite beaches and coastal resorts. Even the prime locations are excellent value for money.
Move a little inland and you’ll find that prices are within reach of even the tightest of budgets. The average property price within Languedoc-Roussillon is €179,000. There are plenty of beautiful properties at well below (and well above!) this level. There are also a great variety of styles to choose from. Don’t forget that this is a region with three mountain ranges, nine ski resorts and 241km of coastline. There are enough medieval castles, tales and legends to please even the most ardent historian!
View the Leggett range of properties in Languedoc Roussillon here …
The Languedoc is often spoken about as the ‘real’ south of France, with its rugged mountains, spectacular gorges and elegant cities. This is a region with a fascinating heritage and this ancient, walled city of Carcassonne is no exception.
Today the fabulously restored hill top castle should definitely be on your “must see in France” list – a medieval citadel, famous for its 53 towers and double walled fortifications. Remnants of the city date back to Gallo-Roman times with further additions made to it in the 13th and 14th century.
Three hours south east of Bordeaux and just 150km from Montpellier, Carcassonne is a great location from which to enjoy both the sunshine and great skiing. Leggett has some fabulous properties of all prices for sale in this region, see: Languedoc Properties
A warm welcome from the South of France. Yes we do average 300 days of sun every year, but you get used to it.
Life here is relaxed, taken with a long lunch and plenty of time to chat.
From the Cathar castles, to the Spanish border, from the aerospace capital of Europe to the Mediterranean sea – the Languedoc region has it all to offer.
The low-cost airlines have really opened up the area to access from all Northern Europe, so your holiday home in the sun is almost as accessible as a cottage in the Lake District.
Come visit our blog to see what is happening, little known villages and locations, fêtes and village events, must view destinations as well of course the opportunity to discover the most beautiful properties throughout the region, for sale with Leggett’s – right now. Click here for our properties
Contact one of our team who would be more than happy to talk to you about your ideas and advise you on the region and where would suit you best.
One of the big weekends in our local calendar is the annual Feria d’Azille.
For those of you who have never seen it – it’s a crazy event which takes over the whole village of Azille, close to the Canal-du-Midi and Olonzac. Azille is normally a sleepy little village which hosts the occasional Brocante or Vide Grenier in its wide boulevard. However, when the last weekend of April arrives, everything changes. The Bulls arrive for the annual Feria.
The village goes into party mode, the entertainers arrive, along with the food and drink vendors and so do the crowds. It really is fun for all the family. No gory bloodshed here, it’s the Bulls that are in charge and they all survive to come again next year. It is a demonstration of skill and horsemanship.
There is of course a Bull-Ring, and that’s where the entertainment takes place. The graceful Matador will be demonstrating his skill of taunting the bull and dodging the horns at the last minute. Teams of locals, doing daft things “It’s a Knockout” style, but with a young Bull thrown into the mix. Highly entertaining, free and part of what living in the Languedoc is about. Of course there will be music, lots of food, wine and people having a great time.
Fancy a visit? The Feria starts Friday 26th April and ends the following Sunday, 28th. There is a website with all the information you need here: www.bandazillanne.fr
Published in the April edition BBB-Midi
Music lovers.. why not combine your search for a dream home with all the best that Carcassonne and the Languedoc have to offer – the summer long Carcassonne Festival.
Headline acts include Elton John and Liza Minnelli, but there is someone and something for all tastes..
Starts 19th June – ends 3rd August – details here
Spring is about to knock at the door. The village of Roquebrun also known as petit nice de l’Herault is preparing for its 22 fete des mimosas – A very flowery and funny spectacle.
Throughout the day, there are many different exhibitors with local products and also you find food catered for all tastes. The highlight is certainly the procession of cars decorated with mimosas and the performances of the local dance clubs in the afternoon. Eight different artists provide the musical entertainment the whole day.
It starts at 9:00 clock and makes you in the middle of winter feel the soon approaching spring.
Let’s get trapped from simple, French country life -so typical for the Herault.
While you are there you may like to see the following property in nearby Lamalou
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For those of you who don’t know it – Limoux carnival goes on.. and on.. and on. The longest in the French calendar..
From the Midi-France site, there is lots of history…
“The typical village fête is held in late summer when the nights are still warm, and the crops and grapes have been harvested. But the annual fête in Limoux, is different in almost every respect. For a start it lasts not three days, but over two months; and not in summer but mid winter. It is the earliest and longest fête in the French calendar, starting in January and continuing until two weeks before Easter Sunday.”
You can read much more at www.midi-france.info/041106_fecos.htm
Summer brings the great music festivals, running from mid-June to early August making many a memorable evening for the lucky audience. With lots of acts spanning Opera, Folk, Blues, Jazz, Rock to 80’s pop – this year’s headline acts have been nothing short of stunning.
Yet to come this year are Alice Cooper, Johnny Hallyday, Duran Duran, plus many great free concerts. One of the highlights so far has been the production of Verdi’s Aida, set under a star-lit Mediterranean sky, with distant lightning flashes and rolls of thunder – such a great night.
In the midst of the summer festivals of course is the Bastille Day firework display, which is simply awesome. Always attracting upwards of 750,000 spectators, this is one spectacle not to missed, with many people bringing along a picnic to make a whole day of it.
Carcassonne is a city that always likes to give, all year round. Many festivals happen, including the great Spanish festival on the last weekend of August, the Feria de Carcassonne and of course the wonderful Christmas festival which includes the torch-lit procession from the gates of La Cite to Place Carnot in the Bastide. This forms part of the Telethon fundraising night, but with groups coming from Spain with their unbelievable mediaeval costume and instruments. This is always a great favourite in the prelude to Christmas.
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We have all taken the great step - to leave our native country and live in a foreign land.
We all had the same feelings - "what's it going to be like?", "will the locals like us?", "will I settle in?" -well relax.
The people in this part of the world are fantastic - friendly, helpful and generous. If you become part of the community, they will help and accept you without question. Go ahead - learn the language because you will find out just how great the locals really are. You will hear their stories, you will find out where the bast produce at the market is and who has the best wine. You will also learn how their family are, who the children are and what their names are. You will be expected to tell them about your life as well, but you will make great new friends. Down in the South you will have to get used to things taking their time - that's the way it works. There is always time to chat, always time for lunch, and then there are the aperitifs ... days can go on forever.
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