Where to live in south-west France

The Ariège, the Haute Garonne and the southern Gers stretch south and west between Toulouse and the Pyrenees to make up one of the most enticing and enchanting regions in France. This is an area that really does have it all, from rich culture, history, natural wonders, stunning landscapes, mountains, lakes, rivers and valleys, and gastronomic excellence. Whether you are looking for the urban sophistication of Toulouse, the charm of traditional French village life or the unspoiled natural valleys and pastures of the Pyrenees, you will find it here in one of the most beautiful regions in Europe

With 2,000 hours of sunshine on average per year, this is also one of France’s sunniest regions. Spring comes early with the spring rains ensuring a lush and green landscape followed by the intense sunshine of July and August which is often very hot and then a beautiful autumn season which continues until the first mountain snowfalls which often remains on the highest peaks through until the end of June.

The green valleys and mountains are a huge attraction for those hoping to enjoy the great outdoors. In summer the whole region is an accessible paradise for walkers, cyclists, horseriders and climbers who come to enjoy the beautiful and unspoiled landscape. In winter, when the Pyrenees are blanketed in snow, these are replaced by skiers and walkers with raquettes (snow shoes) or families with sledges.

This region is also a fantastic location for exploring not just south-west France but also Spain and Andorra. Within easy reach are mountains, wild Atlantic beaches or the sunny Mediterranean coastline. You really can sit on a beach, ski in the mountains, eat tapas in Spain and explore the markets and historic towns and cities of rural France all in a weekend.

If you would like some help or advice with your property search, please get in touch: nadia@foothillsoffrance.com

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