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Retiring Any Time Soon? Here Are The Best Places to Spend Retirement Years in France!

There is a reason why there are so many retirees visiting the French countryside and making it their home. France has just so much to offer, right from their shops, to restaurants too so many choices of entertainment, it has everything and more to glut your senses. Also, when it comes to their restaurants, France is just magical. A retiree is spoilt for choice there.

A research was conducted on the various French cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants. Most of them were rated based on healthcare, cost of living, public transport, various cultural activities, and more. France has something for everyone.


If you are a retiree and planning to make the Limousin’s capital your home, then know this it will turn out to be very lucrative. That is because you can get a home for just €137,500. However, that is not the only reason it is at the top of the list for retirees.

The city has many different places to go right from myriad museums and art galleries (one of the exhibitions on Limoges’ porcelain). So, if you are wondering what to do on a rainy day, here are just some of the options you can try. But that does not mean Limoges is a rainy place to stay when it comes to Limousin, one of the sunniest places in France.

Le Mans, Sarthe, Pays-de-la-Loire

Le Mans is popular for its 24-hour car race, but that’s not the only takeaway from this very beautiful city. If you are retired and want to break away from the fast lane, here’s the perfect city. The capital of Sarthe provides some beautiful views of parks and gardens, and the city has some green spots to enthrall you. For those who have a potential green thumb, there is a yearly open garden event in October to look forward to. Also, you can even drive to London, which is just four hours away, if you take the Eurostar.

Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

There is plenty of sun, sea, and sand, which makes Nice one of the best places to retire. It has some excellent markets, and in the mornings, you can go out to procure fresh ingredients from the local producers, before going out to get an apéro or even lunch of salade niçoise at the Old Town. The evenings are magical as you get to enjoy the casino or make time for a sunset stroll along the Promenade des Anglais.

Bordeaux, Gironde, Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Sunsets and more wine what better way to spend your retirement years than enjoy Bordeaux? Beautiful vineyards surround the south-western city, and you can attend the wine museum Cité du Vin. Also, you can go to countless restaurants hopping, and for wonderful wine and dine options. You can attend bistros. You can attend pedestrianized boulevards that happen to give you the perfect strolling experience. A walk along the River Garonne will help you and take a good look at the city’s grand architecture.

Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales, Occitanie

The beautiful city of Perpignan is the perfect place to let your hair down when you retire. It is close to Spain, so there are many options for fiestas and enjoy the beautiful song and dance routines. When you want to take a break from the frenetic pace of life, both the  Pyrénées Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea are close to you.

Saint-Étienne, Loire, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Saint-Étienne is now the center of design innovation. It not only boasts of striking architecture. Also, you can do a tour of smaller art galleries when it comes to spending lazy afternoons. The city also boasts of a famous football stadium. You can visit watch matches live and be part of the enthusiastic crowd.

Caen, Calvados, Normandy

Château de Caen now has beautiful houses at the Musée de Normandie and the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen. The exhibition offers an idyllic way to spend a day. You can stroll through the various car-free Vieux Quarter, admiring the half-timbered buildings. It is also very easy to move to Caen with a ferry port and an airport to move to and from the city easier.

Retirement is when you can enjoy the most, so it is always important to live in a city that offers the most amenities for a smooth retirement living. France offers the most variety in terms of beauty, cultural activities, medical facilities, and more. So, the perfect choice for retirees.

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