Located in the heart of South-West France between the Pyrenees and the Atlantic, the Gers is one of those delightful places where many people would love to live.
You will love the moderate climate, the love of the land, the traditional residences, the warm welcome of the locals and an intact environment that is ideally suited to relaxation and leisure activities. Less than one hour from Toulouse and its international airport, the Gers is a deeply rural, yet resolutely innovative region. The development of new technologies in the region offers a multitude of opportunities to single home workers.
With its strong and secular identity and unequalled natural attractions and heritage, the Gers continues to perpetuate its traditions and to contribute to its own history in the making, so that Gascony remains a progressive region that looks to the future, while remaining close to its roots.
The Gers is in the heart of Gascony, a region that still bears the marks of its rich history. The home of the musketeers, the Gers is also a land tainted by the mystical emotion of the pilgrim route to Saint-Jacques de Compostella.
See Saint Jacques site
The history of the Gers on Wikipedia
In 56 BC, Cesar's lieutenant, Crassus, conquered the Gers. There are still many remains left over from the Roman period: statues, treasure, sacrificial alters, Gallo-Roman villages, etc.
In the 7th century, the people from the other side of the Pyrenees, who were known as Vascons, settled in what is now Gascony. In doing so, they created the kingdom of Vascony. During the reign of Felix and the Duc du Loup, the principality of Gascony was born in the second half of the same century. The principality eventually became part of the kingdom of France.
It was in the Gers that the Gascony cadets earned their stripes. Alexandre Dumas immortalized Charles de Batz-Castelmore, also known as d'Artagnan, and raised the Musketeers to eternal glory. Most of them followed military careers, and their courage and integrity became famous throughout the world.
Thousands of pilgrims have passed through the Gers since the tomb of Saint Jacques was dicovered in Compostella. You will discover all the magic of the route to Compostella in the shape of the chapels, abbeys and the multitude of remains left behind by the pilgrims over the centuries. On the routes to Le Puy and Arles, you can admire the La Romieu college, the Roman bridge in Artigues and Saint Mary's cathedral in Auch, all of which are UNESCO world heritage monuments.
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The countryside of the Gers is as varied as it is attractive. Hikers and ramblers will love the hillside vineyards and the rolling countryside crossed by a multitude of watercourses.
The temperate climate is influenced by the proximity of the sea, with an average annual temperature of about 15°C.
The Gers weather official site
Located in the very heart of South-West France, the Gers is one of the eight departments in the Midi-Pyrénées region. The 45,000 km² Midi-Pyrénées region, which is bigger than Benelux, is renowned for its economic vitality. More jobs are created in the Midi-Pyrénées than anywhere else in France and the quality of life makes it the number one destination for the French.
See the Regional government site
see the Tourism in the Midi-Pyrénées site
Less than one hour from Toulouse, the second-biggest university city in France, with a population of 600,000 and the historical home town of the Airbus aircraft and the Ariane space rockets, the Gers is one of France's most rural departments, with a multitude of activities in the agri-foods sector.
While agriculture remains one of the biggest employers in the Gers, the service sector is booming and now employs more than one half of the working population. The Gers has never been an industrial region and currently boasts 550 enterprises with more than 10 employees, of which about 20 employ more than 100 people.
The growth of new technologies and the fibre optic network that will soon cross the department, will open up significant opportunities for economic development. The Gers is a pioneer amongst France's rural regions in the development of Geomatics applications, among which include : digitisation of the land registry, e-services, promotion of the region on the internet, deployment of broadband networks, etc.
The CEEI Gers Gascogne offers reception and information amenities as well as a support network available for individual entrepreneurs looking to set up a business in the region.
Many one-man companies have already chosen the Gers to set up their business. More than 240 one-person companies have chosen a different way of working and living in the Gers. You can contact them for useful advice about setting up your business and becoming integrated in the local community.
Connections to major French and European cities are available at the region's numerous airports. The region's motorways are connected to the Europe-wide highway network. The Gers is also at the crossroads between two major railway lines: the high-speed North-South link between Paris and Spain, and the East-West line from Bordeaux to Italy.
For more information: Midi-Pyrénées Expansion.
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In the Gers, every child, from a very young age, benefits from a top-quality education thanks to the numerous schools that are evenly spread throughout the region. Many schools are equipped with the latest information technology. The quality of education in the Gers stretches from pre-infant schooling to secondary education and two- and three-year higher education courses. There are more than one thousand students in the town of Auch. Nearby is Toulouse, France's second-largest university town with more than 90,000 students, which offers a broad range of opportunities and subjects in higher education.
A number of hospitals are located in the Gers and all medical disciplines are well represented.
In the Gers, we care about sustainable development. The local authorities have taken voluntary action to prepare a regional agenda ("Agenda 21") that will lay new social, economic and environmental foundations.
"Agenda 21- 21 for the 21st century - consists in creating a programme of actions that promote sustainable development". This approach was issued in April 2008 with the introduction of a new programme of concrete actions developed from a collective diagnosis which discussed issues in consultation with all actors of the department (residents, elected officials, associations...).
just being a document bearing good intentions, Agenda 21 of the General
Council of Gers aims to radically change the actions of departmental
services, marked by a better adaptation to the needs, a better
evaluation of actions, further diversification and concentration, and
finally, the creation of more partnerships.
For more information, visit the cg32 site
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