Land of opportunity...
The reasons for a move to France are many and varied. Some people head across the Channel in search of sunshine, and it shines nearly all year round in Pyrénées-Orientales. There’s a lot more to this southernmost department of France than sunshine though, as you’ll discover on page 20. Located between the mountains and the sea, with rolling vineyards and medieval villages on the doorstep, it offers the best of all worlds, and for Wendy and John Davey it is proving to be the perfect location (p28).
For others, a move to France brings with it the opportunity to embrace a change of direction and try something new. Setting up a mobile food van (and one serving vegetarian food at that) in a country with a worldwide culinary reputation was a risk, but it’s certainly paying off for one British couple who moved to PoitouCharentes (p30). For Dutch couple Monique and Harry, moving to France meant swapping city living in Amsterdam for rural gîtes in Tarn (p44), while for Anglo-Mexican couple Rachel and Carlos, it was the chance to set up their own cowboy ranch in Gard (p36).
France’s affordable property prices help many expats make the dream of moving a reality, and on page 50 we reveal the places where you can buy a property for €100,000 or less. And if you are going to be leaving family and friends behind, keeping in touch is sure to be high on your list of priorities – our expert guide on page 82 explains how to set up phone and internet connections at your French home.
We’d love to hear what a move to France means to you, so please do get in touch and share your reasons with us.