7 reasons to buy a property in Gers

PUBLISHED: 20:47 09 January 2021 | UPDATED: 20:56 09 January 2021

(c) Collection Tourisme Gers / J Sandras

(c) Collection Tourisme Gers / J Sandras

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Home of Armagnac, Musketeers and some beautiful French châteaux, Gers is a wonderful place to buy a property

Countryside in Gers (c) dutourdumonde / Getty ImagesCountryside in Gers (c) dutourdumonde / Getty Images

1. Relaxed way of life

One of the least densely populated departments in France, Gers offers a slow pace of life surrounded by stunning countryside and lakes – perfect for those who want to get away from hustle and bustle.

Statue of Artagnan (c) Iakov Filimonov / Getty ImagesStatue of Artagnan (c) Iakov Filimonov / Getty Images

2. Three musketeers

Les Trois Mousquetaires tells the tale of a young man, Artagnan, from Gers who travels to Paris to become a soldier and becomes friends with three musketeers. Statues in the department celebrate the legend and there is even a d’Artagnan Museum in the village of Lupiac.

The village of Fources (c) Milacroft / Getty ImagesThe village of Fources (c) Milacroft / Getty Images

3. Occitanie bargains

With property in Gers having an average price of €1,210/m², this is one of the cheaper departments in Occitanie, especially compared to neighbouring Haute-Garonne which has an average property price of €2,470/m².

Armagnac is the oldest French brandy © R.Lequal / Collection Tourisme GersArmagnac is the oldest French brandy © R.Lequal / Collection Tourisme Gers

4, Artisanal Armagnac

Gers is home to the oldest Franch Brandy, Armagnac, first made around 1310. The once distilled, grape brandy has a strong and robust flavour and is made by numerous small producers in the area.

The village of Lavardens and it's chateaux (c) rustamank / Getty ImagesThe village of Lavardens and it's chateaux (c) rustamank / Getty Images

5. Châteaux

If you are an Escape to the Chateau fan and want to get a piece of the action, there are numerous wonderful château on the market in the department priced ranging from about €500,000 to €4 million. You could also spend a day in the department capital of Auche and visit the ancient Château De Lavardens, which is classified as a Historic Monument.

Cloister in La Romieu (c) Collection Tourisme Gers  / R LequalCloister in La Romieu (c) Collection Tourisme Gers / R Lequal

6. Beautiful villages

There are six Plus Beaux Villages de France in Gers. La Romieu, a village founded at the end of the 11th century and home to the UNESCO listed Saint-Pierre church, was the most recent to gain the classification in 2018. While the other five villages; Fourcès, Lavardens, Montreal, Larressingle, Sarrant all hold their own treasures.

Jazz Festival in Marciac (c) Guérin Nicolas (CC BY-SA 3.0)Jazz Festival in Marciac (c) Guérin Nicolas (CC BY-SA 3.0)

7. International Events

Every summer, the village of Marciac becomes a land of music with the International Jazz Festival inviting performances from remarkable talents, and attracting scores of visitors. While the city of Auch is overtaken by circus performers in October for the Festival du Cirque Actuel.

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