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Pyrénées-Atlantiques - Property in France

The Pyrénées-Atlantiques is France's most south westerly department and stretches east from the villages of Ger and Montaner through Pau the capitol, north to Orthez, west to the coast and Biarritz, then south to the mountains and Spain.

The department is the most southerly in the region of Aquitaine and offers stunning mountain views and activities from the east where it borders Hautes-Pyrénées across to the west and the Atlantic coast with its wonderful beaches and what is reputed to be the best surfing in Europe (now there's a good reason to consider buying property in France). The departmental capitol of Pau is a city with something of an Anglo history, popular with wealthy English and Americans in the Victorian era as is evident from some of the architecture although the city still retains much of its medieval appearance.

Further west takes you through Basque country to perhaps the regions most well known town of Biarritz on the Bay of Biscay, once playground of the rich and famous now accessible to everyone. Nearby Bayonne, the capitol of the Basque province of Labourd produces a wonderful dry salt cured ham, Jambon de Bayonne from pigs fed on a special diet, there is even a museum dedicated to the art of ham production. The majority of salt used for curing the ham comes from the pretty nearby spa town of Salles-de-Bearn where there is (obviously!) a museum dedicated to salt! St-Jean-de-Luz is France's most south westerly point, Louis XIV was married here and regarded it as his country's first line of defence against the Spanish and so authorized the local fisherman to plunder any foreign ships they happened upon, a law that still exists today although happily the locals don't take advantage of it!

The region is serviced well by Biarritz and Pau airports as well as Bordeaux and Bilbao and the eastern reaches of the department are quite accessible from Carcassonne and Toulouse International airport. Links to low cost and/or frequent flights can be found on our site.

Please click on the links below to discover more about this diverse department as you contemplate buying a property in France.

Encyclopaedia of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Guide to the Pyrénées-Atlantiques

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