Beaucaire is a town of 15,000 inhabitants, located in the Gard department in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. On the right bank of the Rhone River, the town is located opposite to the town of Tarascon, situated on the left bank. Thus, the town comprises several bridges. The city of Nimes is only about 23 km and the Mediterranean Sea about 50 km.
Founded in the 7th century BC, Beaucaire is known as a relay town of the Via Domitia, the first Roman road built in Gaul. During the Middle Ages, the town grew. Despite the wars happening between the 14th and 16th century, the magnificent and the refinement of the architecture of the town amplified, at the same time that the stallholder’s wealth. During the 17th and 18th century, the Foire de la Madeleine, a huge fair internationally renowned, brought in the same income in ten days as the activity of the harbour of Marseille in a whole year. Thus, the stallholder’s activities prospered, and it’s in this period that the most beautiful mansions were built. Nowadays, the Fete de la Madeleine still exists, but not in the same form as in the past. Today, it is a fun house with bull races and diverse celebrations which have to last more than six days.
As many other departments of the south of France, the Gard department is expensive compared to the national average. However, the town of Beaucaire seems to be slightly less expensive than some others of the most renowned towns of the department. But strangely, only 1.2% of the properties are second homes and 11% are empty properties. Thus, you will not have too many difficulties to find a property which matches your expectations.
For your information, 50% of the properties are houses and 47% are apartments.
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Founded during the Antiquity, the town of Beaucaire, with its streets and monuments, has a lot to tell us. But there are many other reasons to love this town:
Situation: at the edge of the Rhone River and at the border of the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region, Beaucaire takes advantage of the Provencal culture. Really situated at the middle of the Mediterranean coast, Beaucaire has a good situation to discover the east and the west part of the coast, which offers a multitude of attractions.
Quality of life: as previously said, Beaucaire is at the border of the Provence region and benefits from its influence. There, the rhythm of life is slow, people take time to enjoy life and savour what it offers.
Transport: the south of France has a good network for transport, because many important cities are located more or less all over the coast. Beaucaire is situated between the cities of Nimes and Montpellier, which both have an important airport and a TGV rail station. This allows to travel easily in France, but also everywhere in Europe, thanks to the many air companies which offer flights to several destinations.
Beaucaire is a renowned town in the region, because the majority of stones used for the construction of houses in the area went from there. Just next to the town, there was a huge chalk quarry no more exploited today.
Mas: the Mas are medium-to-large rural properties which are typical in the region, usually made of stones. Renovated, these houses are sumptuous and offer a huge volume. If you want to see a typical Mas, as it was in 1900 when it was still exploited, you can visit “le vieux Mas”, situated only 6 km from Beaucaire.
Mansions: beautiful mansions, formerly properties of the wealthier stallholders, are beautiful and elegant. Dated from the 17th or 18th centuary, they are resistants to time and remain a sign of luxury.
Stone houses: the stones were produced just few kilometers from Beaucaire. Thus, many houses of the centre are built with big stones and often used vaults for their architecture, either outside or inside the property. This, combined with the big stones, gives a rustic charm and an authenticity which truly correspond to the southern and sunny style.
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