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ARIÈGE (09) Av­er­age house price: €100,000

Nes­tled in the cen­tral Pyrénées, Ariège is a de­part­ment that is steeped in moun­tain tra­di­tions. Spend your days ex­plor­ing its marked walk­ing trails, fish­ing for trout and kayak­ing in the beau­ti­ful moun­tain­side rivers.

AUDE (11) Av­er­age house price: €129,600

Whether you want to live in a busy town or peace­ful coun­try­side, you’ll find what you’re look­ing for in Aude. Home to two UNESCO World Her­itage Sites, in­clud­ing its fairy-tale cap­i­tal Car­cas­sonne, plus lots of vine­yards, a Mediter­ranean coast­line and a rich his­tory.

AVEY­RON (12) Av­er­age house price: €100,000

Full of lush green coun­try­side, you won’t come across many other peo­ple on Avey­ron’s roads. It is home to 10 plus beaux vil­lages, in­clud­ing Con­ques which in­spired the set­ting for the film Beauty and the Beast, and is a pop­u­lar stop on the San­ti­ago de Com­postela route.

GERS (32) Av­er­age house price: €129,900

Set against a back­drop of the Pyrénées, Gers is within easy reach of ski re­sorts as well as the beaches of the At­lantic coast. Ar­magnac, foie gras and duck are on the menu through­out its wide rolling val­leys and pretty hill­top vil­lages.

HAUTES-PYRÉNÉES (65) Av­er­age house price: €138,000

Hautes-Pyrénées bor­ders Spain via the Pyrénées moun­tain range. In ad­di­tion to the pil­grim town of Lour­des, the de­part­ment is home to moun­tain peaks and ski re­sorts.

LOT (46)

Av­er­age house price: €119,500 Shar­ing a bor­der with Dor­dogne, Lot more than holds its own against its pop­u­lar neigh­bour. Quaint, pretty vil­lages are abun­dant in sun­shine, good food and wine, a rich her­itage and fas­ci­nat­ing caves. The re­laxed way of life here of­fers lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties for moun­tain hik­ing, horse rid­ing and golf.

LOZÈRE (48) Av­er­age house price: €85,000

Al­most half of Lozère is cov­ered by trees and the de­part­ment also boasts many nat­u­ral won­ders such as the Aubrac Plateau, Cévennes and Tarn Gorges. The tra­di­tional dish is aligot.

TARN (81) Av­er­age house price: €133,500

Tarn is home to many well-pre­served bastide vil­lages in­clud­ing the mys­ti­cal Cordes-surCiel and Puycelsi. Its cap­i­tal, Albi is a UNESCO World Her­itage Site and it has many cul­tural at­trac­tions, in­clud­ing the Musée ToulouseLautrec and a won­der­ful food mar­ket that is al­ways busy with lo­cals.

TARN-ET-GARONNE (82) Av­er­age house price: €145,000

Tarn-et-Garonne is one of the smallest de­part­ments in France but it still has much to of­fer. It boasts a spec­tac­u­lar land­scape from fer­tile plains to steep gorges and beau­ti­ful me­dieval vil­lages, in­clud­ing its cap­i­tal, Mon­tauban, which is one of the old­est bastide towns in south­ern France.

Mar­ket day in Gers

Coastal charm in Côtes-d’Ar­mor

Lot, a wor­thy ri­val for Dor­dogne

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