City break

Revelers Party in the Aquitaine

Whether you are thinking of getting a French mortgage, hoping to find a retirement village in France, or simply taking a holiday, a visit to the Fete de Bayonne comes highly recommended.

The event, which is held each year in August, sees up to a million people dress up in traditional Basque costume to join in the celebrations.

French hotels fill up for Fete de Bayonne

Held in the town of Bayonne, Aquitaine, which has a population of 40,000, the event brings a party atmosphere to the area as hotels are filled up and people take to the streets.

Commonly dressed in the traditional white trousers, white shirts and a red scarf, visitors are invited to join in an array of activities or just sit back and soak it all in.

Sample France’s Basque traditions

A huge street party sees thousands dancing and drinking the night away while other entertainment includes everything from traditional folk songs to cow racing.

Another popular event is the bullfighting held in Les Arenes over the weekend, while there are also plenty of Basque culinary delights on offer for all.

Retirement Villages

The Dordogne and Gers are popular retirement areas for the the Brits. Lovely landscapes, pleasant weather all the year around and a big flavour of rural France. Retirement developments are beginning to spring up in this area of France. For example, Le Castel is a new French retirement community in Southwest France. It consists of retirement homes with 67 apartments and 111 retirement villas in a luxury location in the beautiful Gers region of France. The retirement community will cover 35 hectares of landscaped space and include a full complement of facilities from healthcare centre with 24-hr alarm response to sports facilities, shops, restaurants, golf course and even an estate agents office.