Ready to make the move? The FrenchEntrée Property Services team reveals its top search areas – on and off the beaten track
MAGALAS, Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon
The charming village of Magalas, located just 15km north of the dynamic city of Béziers, is built in the circulade style, which the region is renowned for. This area is rich in history, intertwined with the heritage of the Cathars, and many of its settlements were built in a defensive style, perched high on hilltops with commanding views over the surrounding countryside. History echoes throughout this medieval village. You can stroll through its old streets and discover the ancient remains of the village ramparts, the castle ruins and its 11th-century church, Église Saint-Laurent. Its north portal, with arched porch, is listed as an historical monument.
Magalas is situated in one of the largest wine-producing areas of France and boasts its own wine co-operative and several excellent domaines. The nearby villages of Faugères and Saint-Chinian also form part of the 10,000 hectares or so of Coteaux du Languedoc wine producers, which runs along the Mediterranean coast from Narbonne as far east as Nîmes. There’s an array of amenities in the village itself, from a lively weekly local market to several restaurants and shops and services for day-to-day needs. Throughout the summer months the village plays host to various music festivals and cultural events.
Property is very sought-after in this area and, as the village is relatively small, they are in short supply. Traditional village houses are the most prevalent style, as well as maisons vigneronnes – these were originally built as village homes for winegrowers with space to store their agricultural gear and tools in a large ground-floor lock-up. Most of these properties are in village centres. They aren’t usually surrounded by land, but are extremely spacious inside. Average prices can vary from €200,000 upwards, depending on the level of work required.
Visitors to the region will be spoilt for choice when it comes to activities. Explore the foothills of the Montagne Noire or the rocky Mont Caroux to the north of the area. Canoe down the River Orb or cycle, walk or boat along the Canal du Midi. Magalas is well positioned to enjoy both the mountains and Mediterranean with beaches only 25km away.
The Languedoc-Roussillon has excellent transport links with low-cost airlines flying from the UK into the nearby airports of Carcassonne, Perpignan, Montpellier and Nîmes. Magalas also has a train station. The TGVs stop at Béziers station and there are daily connections to Magalas.
With thanks to our partner agencies in Magalas
If you would like some assistance discovering this or other areas of France and find out more about what the property market has to offer please don’t hesitate to give us a call at +44 (0) 1225 463752 or email us at [email protected]
If you can’t find what you’re looking for, or don’t have time to search yourself, FrenchEntrée has a dedicated Property Team to assist you in finding your dream property. Let us know what you are looking for and we will do our best to select properties matching your requirements.