Riviera of Oc­c­i­tanie

Put off by the crowds and prices of the Côte d’azur, So­phie Gard­nerRoberts finds a more re­laxed ‘Riviera’ on the coast of Oc­c­i­tanie

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Less glitz, lower prices and fewer crowds – the Mediter­ranean of south-west France

Have you al­ways dreamed of liv­ing on the French Mediter­ranean coast? You’ve prob­a­bly rested your fore­head on the win­dows of es­tate agen­cies while on hol­i­day on the Riviera only to turn away, sigh­ing and know­ing that it’ll al­ways be just a dream. Let me bring you a glim­mer of hope.

For­get the Côte d’azur for a mo­ment and look west, to the coast­line of Oc­c­i­tanie. Roughly stretch­ing from Mont­pel­lier in Hérault, to the lit­tle town of Cer­bère in Pyrénées-ori­en­tales, this coast­line is of­ten over­looked in favour of the glit­ter­ing Riviera. And yet here you will find a more au­then­tic south of France: mod­est fish­ing ports, long sandy beaches loved by French fam­i­lies, a coast­line punc­tured by in­trigu­ing la­goons and marshes, food that hints at old Span­ish in­flu­ences and, I’m pleased to say, af­ford­able prop­er­ties. Gone are the Côte d’azur’s big crowds, su­per yachts, mega vil­las and apart­ment com­plexes and other flam­boy­ant at­tributes.

With sunny weather year-round, good trans­port links and an at­trac­tively qui­eter life­style, the coast of Oc­c­i­tanie has it all, ex­plains Hérault-based Freddy Rueda. “In our area we get clients from all over the world who are com­ing for dif­fer­ent rea­sons,” the owner of Real Es­tate Langue­doc says. “It is Europe with a great cli­mate, easy ac­cess to mo­tor­ways/air­ports. Plus the mar­ket is start­ing to in­crease in terms of price again so now is just the right time to buy a prop­erty here!” Not only is prop­erty more af­ford­able than the Riviera but so are the taxes: “You get much more for your money here and still with the per­fect cli­mate all year round.”

Some­times dubbed the ‘Other Riviera’, Oc­c­i­tanie’s coast­line needs no com­par­i­son how­ever to show off its ap­peal.

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