If you're looking for property for sale in the Pyrenees-Orientales in order to take advantage of the department's excellent skiing, then we'd recommend towns such as Thuir, Elne, Prades, Villefranche-le-Conflent, and Ille-sur-Têt. All lie inland from Perpignan, where the landscape becomes more rolling and beautiful, compared to the flatter, more built-up areas near the coast and around Perpignan itself. You'll find beautiful villas for sale here with gardens and pools, or village houses with loads of character (which which will probably need some renovating). Remember that the further you stray east in the Pyrénées-Orientales, the more remote you'll be, and the harder it will be to get to beaches, airports and motorways.
If it's the beaches you're after, then the best places to buy property for sale in Pyrénées-Orientales are Argèles-sur-Mer, Torrieles, St Cyprien and Racou. Collioure is a beautiful seaside town that is very popular for property - but pricey, as this is prime 'Cote Vermeille' territory and home to Languedoc's rich and sophisticated. All these towns offer gorgeous views of the mountains - quite a novelty when you're sitting on a sun-soaked beach.
Perpignan is a wonderful place to buy property in the Pyrenees-Orientales. It's a very lively city, quite Spanish in flavour, with lots of great shops and art galleries. Apartments can be found in older properties, or buy one in one of the new-build property developments popping up across Languedoc. These properties for sale are often sold via a leaseback scheme, which means the developer guarantees to rent out your apartment for a fixed income. They're a great way to invest in property in the Pyrenees-Orientales, with as little work as possible. Try to buy right in the centre of the city, as areas just on the city's rim tend to be less pretty and more industrial.
If you're looking for property for sale in the Pyrenees-Orientales that 's more remote, drive along the very beautiful valley of the Maury river along the D117. This is one of the most beautiful drives in Languedoc, and in the distance you'll see the Cathar castle of Quéribus, and, further along, the castle of Puilaurens. The countryside here is truly stunning, and there are plenty of villas and older houses for sale, many with decent-sized gardens and pools.
Overall, property for sale in the Pyrenees-Orientales is a good bet. Prices are still lower than regions further north in Languedoc, and the soon-to-be-improved TGV line to Barcelona promises to bring property investors from the Catalunya region of Spain, driving prices up. The region also benefits from its close proximity to the Pyrenees ski resorts, and Perpignan airport now has quite a few flights to destinations across France and Europe.
If none of the properties for sale in the Pyrenees-Orientales on our site meets your needs, then feel free to contact one of the estate agents that sell in the Pyrenees-Orientales department.
All the best with your search for property in the Pyrenees Orientales! And please do contact us if you have any queries.