Written by Alexis Goldberg,
Last Modified: 20th January 2022

We have found 4 tranquil retirement spots in the Languedoc Roussillon, each offering a much more relaxed lifestyle, peace, calm and beauty. Let’s explore them!

The Languedoc Roussillon is part of the larger Occitanie region, having merged with the Midi-Pyrenees in January 2016. It is a beautiful region, spanning Provence right across to the Pyrenees and famous for its 300+ days of sunshine each year.

The area is a fascinating one for history lovers with its Cathar monuments, Roman aqueducts and ancient villages, many of which seem hardly to have changed since medieval times. It is, of course, also known for its vineyards. You don’t have to go very far to find some superb wines at excellent prices here. There are also miles of sandy beaches along the Mediterranean coastline and Spain is just a short drive away.

In short, this is an area with a huge amount to offer. With property prices being far cheaper than the UK, a great deal of space, less traffic and wonderful countryside for exploring, it is no wonder that the area is one of the most popular for British expats to retire to.

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Marseillan

Marseillan is just gorgeous! This is an unspoilt fishing port and large village in the department of the Herault. It is located on a lagoon, the Etang de Thau and is about 50 kms west of Montpellier.

The village itself has all amenities, plenty of super restaurants along both sides of the port, the famous Noilly Prat shop and museum and it is best known for its seafood. Spend a morning sipping a coffee alongside the fishing boats, watching the fishermen bring in their catch or admiring the flamingos who congregate along the Etang.

Property prices are still reasonable here and like many places, you will get more for your money just a little outside the actual village. A budget of around €350,000 will find you a nice 2-bed apartment, a little more for a house. Marseillan has a lot to offer anyone looking for a lovely place to retire. It has all the simplicity and tranquility of a village and yet, has plenty going on year round for those who want a bit of a buzz. For a good city fix, Montpellier is under an hour away.

Marseillan

Collioure

Collioure is one of the most beautiful and popular beach towns in the Languedoc Roussillon. It is situated on the Cote Vermeille and is most famous for its history as a defensive port against Spain and for its popularity with the Fauvism movement of art. The golden light, the beauty of the rocky coastline and the softly painted buildings all inspired such painters as Andre Derian, Henri Matisse, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and also Picasso.

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Collioure is an irresistibly pretty town with plenty of cafes, restaurants and boutique shops, as well as tranquil gardens and little beaches to explore. The majestic Castle of Collioure, dating back to the 13th century, is open to the public and was originally the summer home of the Kings of Majorca.
In the summertime, Coillioure swells with tourists, such is its universal appeal. However, this is a town which is equally as charming in the winter months and one of the most highly recommended places in which to buy property.
Prices are a little higher here. However, a budget of around €350,000 will be sufficient to find a decent apartment with a little terrace not far from town.
Collioure

Collioure

Magalas

This is a lesser-known but very pretty village situated in the Herault department. It is only 15 km from the bustling town of Beziers and under a half hour drive from the sea. It has a real heart to it with good amenities, several restaurants and there is a real mix of nationalities here with not only French but British, Canadian, Dutch and Belgian folk. It is a tranquil spot and property prices are reasonable. You can easily find a small 2-bed house with a terrace for around the €200,000 mark.

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Mirepoix

Mirepoix is one of those towns that seems to come out of an ancient fairy tale! This is a gorgeous town situated in the Ariege department and dominated by the central square with fabulous medieval half timbered buildings propped up by wooden pillars. There are some wonderful sculptures and gargoyles on the facades of the houses.

Mirepoix is located between Carcassonne and Foix and dates back to the 10th century. It has tremendous charm and tranquility and is the perfect place for either a permanent or second home in France. It is both beautiful and has all amenities such as cosy cafes and small individual shops.

Property prices are fairly reasonable here. A budget of around €250,000 will afford you a small 2-bed house. As with many French towns and villages, you will get more for your money on the outskirts of the town.

Mirepoix

Mirepoix

Access from the UK

There are several airports within easy driving distance from all of these villages. You have a choice of Carcassonne, served by Ryanair, Beziers, Perpignan and Toulouse. Barcelona is about a 3 hour drive away and there are often cheap flights with both Easyjet and Ryanair between here and the UK.
The Languedoc Roussillon is similar geographically to its ritzier sister Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur but comes with lower prices for property and is just as beautiful. Imagine a place where you can hike, bike, swim, ski and pop across the border to Spain, all within easy reach of your home. Our guess is that it will become one of the most popular places in which to buy property in the not too distant future!
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