The Bouches du Rhône department was created during the French Revolution in 1970. It was composed of a part of Provence and some principalities (Orange, Martigues, Lanbesc). It is one of the most populated departments of France (1,759,371 inhabitants), situated in the Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur region. The department is adjacent to Gard, Vaucluse and Var.
With mountainous areas (the Alpilles, Sainte Beaume and Sainte Victoire), wild zones (the famous Camargue area and its natural park), urban sites, wooded spaces and diversified coasts, Bouches du Rhone offers a large choice of landscapes and Provence traditions. The Calanques de Cassis are charming coves not to be missed. White rocks, cliffs, view over the sea are just some of the scenery you will see there.
Bouches du Rhone is a thriving department thanks to tourism and fishing, but the area is more sought-after for its climate (Mediterranean i.e. hot and dry summers and mild and humid winters). People are said to be welcoming and tourists appreciate in general their time spent there. A lovely department to be discovered either for holidays or for permanent life.
The average property price of Bouches du Rhone is €3,202/ square metre. It is slightly above the national average of €3,197/ square metre. Some areas in the department may be much more expensive, especially if located in touristy sites such as La Ciotat and Cassis. If your budget is low, you can look for a property in remote villages where prices are lower. You will thus benefit from the quietness of the zone and closeness to the towns. If your budget is high and you want to settle in the area, many villas may be the best kind of property for you. Anyone should find the property that fit one’s expectations there.
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Gastronomy: Bouches du Rhone is a department where you will have so many specialities to taste that you will not know which one to try first. Olive tree is a sacred tree in Provence and became the main ingredient of tapenade (made of anchovy, capers and olives) and olive oil. Typical dishes are cooked with fresh food and local vegetables (courgette, tomato, aubergine, herbs). Sausage, gardiane beef, eel catigot, tome cheese, soupe au pistou, calissons, daube provencale, bouillabaisse…so many things to taste!
Cosmopolitan life: living in Bouches du Rhone will be very pleasant if you are looking for dynamism. The area is a thriving one, especially in summer when tourists are numerous. You will not be bored: activities, economy, trips… everything is possible.
Lifestyle: you will discover there the real southern French way of living. Lifestyle in Bouches du Rhone is relaxed, this is a great department if you are looking for a sunny retirement or a second home. If you want to settle in the area, you will feel on holiday all year long. Many activities could fill your free time: water sports, hiking, climbing or potholing! Everyone should enjoy living in this wonderful department.
Location – transport links: Bouches du Rhone is easily accessible by any means of transport. Marseille airport offers international destinations (UK, Italy, Germany…). The high-speed train travels regularly to French cities such as Paris, Lyon and Bordeaux. The road network is also developed as many motorways will lead you to the east, west and north of France.
Wines and alcoholic drinks: in Bouches du Rhone, you can discover a multitude of wine varieties throughout the several appellations and Provence varietals (Syrah, Cabernet-Sauvignon and Clairette amongst others). The famous Pastis is a local alcoholic drink to be tasted during the aperitif. It is flavoured with aniseed and is the pride of the locals!
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