Retirement is approaching and you are looking for a nice destination for your old age? At the foot of the mountains and on the shores of the big blue, the Albères and the Côte Vermeille offer all the ingredients for happiness. Here are six good reasons to consider buying in this region which contains wonders like Collioure, Argelès-sur-Mer or Sorède.
1. Dream landscapes: Collioure, Argelès-sur-Mer, Sorède
Between mountains and sea, the Pyrénées-Orientales display sublime landscapes, a department
which sees the Pyrenees plunge into the heart of the Mediterranean. A happy marriage of two forces of nature which gives birth to a coastline alternating rocky coast and fine sandy beaches. The hinterland is also full of wonders. Dotted with slopes covered with scrub and vineyards, it offers many intimate valleys and gorges as deep as they are mysterious. An exceptional variety of landscapes to discover on hikes or excursions.
2. An exceptional heritage
With a rich past that dates back to prehistoric times, the Albères and the Côte Vermeille are home to a multitude of historical monuments. Inherited from the rivalries between the French, Aragonese and Catalans, the military heritage of the region alone offers many places to visit. From the fortifications of the small port of Collioure to the high perched ramparts of the castle of Puilaurens via the fortress of Salses, the journey through time is always accompanied by the discovery of sublime views.
3. A mild climate
The Pyrénées-Orientales are bathed by a Mediterranean climate on the coast and rather mountainous towards the hinterland. The winters are mild and the summers hot. Not very windy, the department benefits from a blue sky and an exceptional luminosity which in 1905 attracted the masters of fauvism to Collioure. With 300 days of sunshine on average per year, the Pyrénées-Orientales department is one of the sunniest departments in France. Ideal for enjoying a pleasant retirement all year round!
4. Nearby amenities: Collioure, Argelès-sur-Mer, Sorède
Unlike some concrete seaside resorts, the small ports of the Côte Vermeille live all year round, in particular thanks to a real local commercial fabric. Unmissable, the weekly markets offer you the best of seafood and local produce in a unique atmosphere. Less than half an hour away, Perpignan, the prefecture of the department, provides all the amenities specific to cities. Its SNCF station, which is also connected to the mainline network, allows you to reach Paris in 5 hours. Perpignan airport serves Paris, Nantes, Lille and many northern European destinations. The A9 motorway connects the region to nearby Spain and to the French motorway network.
5. An art of living that cannot be found anywhere else
The Albères and the Côte Vermeille, it is above all an art of living imbued with authenticity and conviviality, gourmet recipes drawn from the sea or the mountain terroir, festivals, traditions and an immoderate taste for good times shared. The Catalan character is expressed through the streets, on restaurant terraces or at bar counters: we make great friendships. No matter where you come from, you will quickly form a solid bond with your neighbors. Here, love for his country is combined with an immemorial tradition of hospitality.
Even in the very famous Collioure, property prices remain on the Côte Vermeille much more reasonable than those posted by other popular destinations on the French coast. Count on average 3,600 € / m² for a house and 3,800 € / m² for an apartment in the city of artists. Further up in the hinterland, the beautiful village of Sorède offers houses for 2,500 € / m² and apartments for 2,400 € / m² on average. Prices much lower than in most French cities.
Welcomed in the premises of the Côte Vermeille and Paradise agencies , the local reference in real estate, by a specialist advisor, you will find listening, advice and support. We guide you to the villages and the goods corresponding to you in order to make you a happy retiree!