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Arts and culture, medieval towns and castles attract retirees to the Mediterranean seaside region of Languedoc-Roussillon.

Best Places to Retire Abroad (FRANCE)

From left: An alleyway in Sommieres; Alain Manet & Emmanuelle Thomas d'Arc kissing in Sommieres. — Jason Varney

Ah, the dream of France. Très cher? Oui, but you can live affordably if you avoid Paris, the Riviera, and Provence. Our suggestion: the Languedoc-Roussillon region in the Southwest. Languedoc-Roussillon includes Nîmes, with its Roman ruins; the bustling city of Montpellier; and the stylish town of Perpignan, with its shops and plazas. Once remote, the region is now just three hours from the bright lights of Paris via high-speed train to Montpellier. It is steeped in history, with medieval towns and castles, ancient olive trees and vineyards. Besides offering plentiful museums, festivals, and concerts, it is also a destination for the outdoor crowd, who hike in its rocky, picturesque hills and beachcomb along its lovely Mediterranean seashore. … Back to Article

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