Languedoc Property Blog: News and Information from the region

LANGUEDOC – numerous regional airports …

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Enjoy the delights of the Canal du Midi, the peace and tranquility on the water as you pass under the plane trees that line the canal.  Stretching from Bordeaux to Toulouse, the Les Canal des Deux Mers (Canal de Garonne and the Canal du Midi) link the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. You can cycle from one end to the other in 10 days at a pace that leaves plenty of time for exploring.

Did you know there are actually numerous regional airports in the locality, such as Montpellier, Perpignan or Carcassonne, Toulouse, Carcasonne and Nîmes-Arles-Camargue?

Ryan Air from Stansted (London-Stansted) to Carcassonne (Salvaza), Montpellier-Mediterranean, Nîmes-Arles-Camargue, Toulouse (Blagnac) and Perpignan (Rivesaltes).
Liverpool to Carcassonne (Salvaza) and Nîmes-Arles-Camargue,

Flybe from Southampton to Perpignan (Rivesaltes), Avignon
Birmingham to Perpignan (Rivesaltes) and Toulouse (Blagnac)
Bristol to Toulouse (Blagnac).

Easyjet from Gatwick (London-Gatwick) to Toulouse (Blagnac), Marseille and  Nice.

So you should make sure that the Languedoc Roussillon is where you buy your dream home, if you looking to go there regularly and cheaply!!

Check airline websites for information about seasonal routings.

LANGUEDOC: Searching the markets for those special finds …

Pézenas is renowned for its antiques and twice a year, on the 1st Sunday in May and the 2nd Sunday in October, their Antique Association organises the ‘Grand Déballage’, a large second-hand market that spreads almost a kilometre along the Nationale 113 road. You’ll find over 150 exhibitors present throughout the day …

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If you’re on the lookout for furniture, old linens, jewellery, crockery, paintings, trinkets, glass, watches, books and posters… this is the town to visit!

LANGUEDOC ROUSSILLON – 2,700 hours of sunshine a year!

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Languedoc-Roussillon is where the adjacent border with Spain ensures a far different culture to the Italian influenced area. Four of the five départments within this region border the Med. With around 2,700 hours of sunshine each year, you’ll have plenty of time to find your favourite beaches and coastal resorts. Even the prime locations are excellent value for money.

Move a little inland and you’ll find that prices are within reach of even the tightest of budgets. The average property price within Languedoc-Roussillon is €179,000. There are plenty of beautiful properties at well below (and well above!) this level. There are also a great variety of styles to choose from. Don’t forget that this is a region with three mountain ranges, nine ski resorts and 241km of coastline. There are enough medieval castles, tales and legends to please even the most ardent historian!

View the Leggett range of properties in Languedoc Roussillon here …

LANGUEDOC – Impressive Jewel of the region, Carcassonne …

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The Languedoc is often spoken about as the ‘real’ south of France, with its rugged mountains, spectacular gorges and elegant cities. This is a region with a fascinating heritage and this ancient, walled city of Carcassonne is no exception.

Today the fabulously restored hill top castle should definitely be on your “must see in France” list – a medieval citadel, famous for its 53 towers and double walled fortifications. Remnants of the city date back to Gallo-Roman times with further additions made to it in the 13th and 14th century.

Three hours south east of Bordeaux and just 150km from Montpellier, Carcassonne is a great location from which to enjoy both the sunshine and great skiing. Leggett has some fabulous properties of all prices for sale in this region, see: Languedoc Properties

LANGUEDOC – Welcome to the land of sun, sea and wine! …

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A warm welcome from the South of France. Yes we do average 300 days of sun every year, but you get used to it.

Life here is relaxed, taken with a long lunch and plenty of time to chat.

From the Cathar castles, to the Spanish border, from the aerospace capital of Europe to the Mediterranean sea – the Languedoc region has it all to offer.

The low-cost airlines have really opened up the area to access from all Northern Europe, so your holiday home in the sun is almost as accessible as a cottage in the Lake District.

Come visit our blog to see what is happening, little known villages and locations, fêtes and village events, must view destinations as well of course the opportunity to discover the most beautiful properties throughout the  region, for sale with Leggett’s – right now. Click here for our properties

Contact one of our team who would be more than happy to talk to you about your ideas and advise you on the region and where would suit you best.

THE PYRENÉES – Get ready for better value skiing …

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It would be easy to conclude that the Pyrénées are simply a poor man’s ‘Alps’ when it comes to skiing, but that’s really only half the story. Yes, there’s less skiing in total here and overall it’s probably not as challenging. And yes, the Pyrénées lacks the glamour and full-on buzziness of the Alpine skiing scene. However it does offer things that the Alps lack, important things, which make Les Angles and Font Romeu very viable alternatives to the likes of Mergève, Chamonix and Verbier.

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Best French Estate Agent – Official!

Last week, at the European Property Awards in London, sponsored by Virgin and Yamaha, Leggett Immobilier won the coveted “Best Estate Agent in France” beating some pretty stiff competition.

This is testament to the hard work put in by all the Leggett Agents around France over the years who have given great service to their clients. Long may it continue!

A Place in the Sun Live

Come and join us at the NEC Birmingham this weekend, 27th – 29th September in the French Village. Team members of the Best Real Estate in France as awarded just last night at the International Property Awards, will be on hand to guide you through the intricacies of purchasing your dream home in France.

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26 au 28 avril Féria d’Azille

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One of the big weekends in our local calendar is the annual Feria d’Azille.

For those of you who have never seen it – it’s a crazy event which takes over the whole village of Azille, close to the Canal-du-Midi and Olonzac. Azille is normally a sleepy little village which hosts the occasional Brocante or Vide Grenier in its wide boulevard. However, when the last weekend of April arrives, everything changes. The Bulls arrive for the annual Feria.

The village goes into party mode, the entertainers arrive, along with the food and drink vendors and so do the crowds. It really is fun for all the family. No gory bloodshed here, it’s the Bulls that are in charge and they all survive to come again next year. It is a demonstration of skill and horsemanship.

There is of course a Bull-Ring, and that’s where the entertainment takes place. The graceful Matador will be demonstrating his skill of taunting the bull and dodging the horns at the last minute.  Teams of locals, doing daft things “It’s a Knockout” style, but with a young Bull thrown into the mix. Highly entertaining, free and part of what living in the Languedoc is about. Of course there will be music, lots of food, wine and people having a great time.

Fancy a visit? The Feria starts Friday 26th April and ends the following Sunday, 28th. There is a website with all the information you need here: www.bandazillanne.fr

Ole!

Published in the April edition BBB-Midi

Carcassonne Festival 2013 line-up announced

Music lovers.. why not combine your search for a dream home with all the best that Carcassonne and the Languedoc have to offer – the summer long Carcassonne Festival.

Headline acts include Elton John and Liza Minnelli, but there is someone and something for all tastes..

Starts 19th June – ends 3rd August – details here