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.
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