The Pyrénées-Atlantiques is a department of the Nouvelle Aquitaine region and lies at the extreme south west of France. One of the most beautiful departments in France, it was originally named the Basses-Pyrenees and was one of the first of the 83 departments created during the French revolution.
For many of us traveling from the UK, Manche is the first we see of France, as we arrive at ports like Cherbourg and St Malo. But as we drive off the ferry and speed down to Nouvelle Aquitaine or Brittany, this beautiful and rugged coastal department certainly bears taking a closer look, especially the pretty and affordable property in Manche.
Property in France is relatively good value compared to the UK, so overseas buyers are often thrilled at what they can afford. However, the constraints and challenges surrounding planning permission in France can make embarking on your dream projects a tricky business.
The French mountains may be thought of as rather expensive, both for après-ski and property! However, move away from the classic resorts in the Alps and you can find some really affordable properties, all with that a more authentic French culture and lifestyle.
There is nothing quite like skiing down a mountain in freshly groomed snow, hearing the rush of the wind in your ears, marvelling at the beauty of the surroundings and feeling uplifted by the sheer wonder of it all.
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