10 Family Friendly Places to Live In France
France has a lot to offer the British family as a holiday destination, but what about expats considering a more permanent move? Now more than ever, hopping on the ferry to France to view properties and check out local communities has never been easier, but what are the expat hotspots as discovered by those already enjoying family life on the other side of the Channel?
Wine country at its finest, Bordeaux also happens to be a fantastic place for families – its outstanding schools and colleges being some of the most highly-reputed in Europe.
A city famed for its stunning architecture and enviable Mediterranean climate, Toulouse is also home to some of France’s best schools. Situated in a glorious southern French region and hugely popular with expat families and retirees, it ticks all the right boxes for family life in France.
If you aren’t own over by the beauty of Saint Gaudens, you will be by its surroundings. Along with being wonderfully close to the Mediterranean Sea, there are also incredible outdoor pursuits on offer in the nearby countryside – everything from hiking to horse-riding to summer camping.
A thriving university city that’s known for being extremely welcoming of those moving into town from other countries, Pau is an outstandingly beautiful place to live with a strong economy and a local culture all of its own.
A highly industrial and technologically advanced town with superb educational facilities and excellent employment opportunities, Rennes ticks all of the most important boxes for families looking to settle in France.
The beauty of La Roche-sur-Yun is the way in which it offers a unique combination of comparatively low living costs and an extraordinarily high quality of life. The local community is also known across France for being extremely kind, generous and welcoming.
Less than a mile away from the Mediterranean Sea, the bustling student city of Montpellier boast low unemployment, low living costs and a wonderfully high quality of life – all topped off with a warm Mediterranean climate.
One of the few remaining places in France where crime rates hover around zero…quite literally…Eymet is a safe haven for families with a thriving local expat community.
Last but not least, Limoges often escapes the maps of mainstream tourists but as a place to settle permanently offers so much for the British family. Open spaces, fresh air, uncrowded streets, lovely weather and moderate living costs add up to a package that’s hard to resist.
If you can afford to buy your way into a nice part of town…no pun intended…Nice really is a dream come true for families. The beautiful weather, outstanding food and strong local economy combine with excellent child-care and educational facilities to create a very tempting prospect.