Escape to the Continent

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  • 2014
  • 1 Season
  • 7.8  (102)

Escape to the Continent is a British television show aired by BBC Two in 2014. The program follows the journey of individuals and families in search of their dream home in their preferred European destination. Hosted by Alistair Appleton, Nicki Chapman, and Anita Rani, the show offers an insight into the property market and lifestyle of various regions in the continent.

The show partly caters to those who have grown tired of tireless days, trying to find a good property in the UK that also caters to their specific lifestyle. Escape to the Continent offers an alternative in the form of beautiful locations and properties in Europe. The show's novelty lies in its approach of showcasing the destinations' character and charm, rather than focusing solely on the properties themselves.

The series navigates through different regions and countries, ranging from the breathtaking vineyards of southern France to the beautiful beaches of Spain. The show also features lesser-known locations such as Portugal's Algarve, Italy's Tuscany, and Croatia's Dalmatian Coastline.

In each episode, the presenters help individuals locate properties that suit their individual needs and preferences. These range from a family looking for a spacious vacation home to retirees searching for a peaceful location to spend their twilight years. The presenters take the time to understand what the participants are looking for in a property and explore various locations to meet their needs.

One interesting aspect of the show is that the properties featured are not limited to houses or apartments. The presenters showcase castles, vineyards, and even trulli - traditional Apulian stone huts with cone-shaped roofs, to name a few. This unique quality offers viewers the opportunity to experience not just the property, but also the history and culture of the destination.

Escape to the Continent's hosts, each with diverse backgrounds, provide an all-encompassing perspective on the locations they visit. Alistair Appleton, a property expert, shares his expertise on what to look for when investing in a property. Nicki Chapman, a renowned music executive, showcases the charm of the towns and villages they visit, and broadcaster Anita Rani offers insight into the local lifestyles.

What sets Escape to the Continent apart is its promise of providing viewers with essential information about living abroad. The hosts go the extra mile to explore the pros and cons of moving to a specific country. They provide insights into visas, taxes, and insurance, preparing viewers to make informed decisions about their potential destination.

Overall, Escape to the Continent is an insightful show that explores various destinations in Europe from both a lifestyle and property perspective. The show's presenters have an unrivaled depth of knowledge on aspects ranging from lifestyle to property investment. Whether viewers are on a hunt for their dream home, exploring potential destinations, or are simply curious about life in a different part of the world, Escape to the Continent offers viewers a European escape from the comfort of their homes.

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France (Languedoc)
20. France (Languedoc)
May 11, 2014
Anita Rani is in the Languedoc region of southern France, helping a couple from Milton Keynes realise their long held ambition of moving to the continent. Away from the house hunt, Anita offers the couple some helpful advice on life in the country as an ex-pat and discovers France's very own wild west.
Portugal (Centro)
19. Portugal (Centro)
May 9, 2014
Nicki Chapman is hoping she can find an Italian property for an entrepreneurial lady who plans to relocate her home and business to the stunning region of Le Marche, on a budget of ú700,000. Away from the property hunt, Nicki offers practical tips on making a move to Italy and visits the medieval town of Fabriano to learn the ancient art of paper-making.
France (Midi-Pyr
18. France (Midi-Pyr
Roger and Sylvia have felt drawn to France for years, but they'd like to stay close to family. Midi-Pyrénées seems perfect for what they want.
Italy (Le Marche)
17. Italy (Le Marche)
May 7, 2014
Alistair Appleton goes house-hunting with a couple hoping to move to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon on a budget of £300,000. While in the city, Alistair offers practical advice on making the move to Portugal, and discovers a hidden talent for pavement art.
Portugal (Lisbon)
16. Portugal (Lisbon)
May 5, 2014
Nicki Chapman goes house hunting with a couple from Wales hoping to buy their first shared home together in the Centro region of Portugal, on a budget of £180,000. Away from the property search, Nicki gives the buyers some useful advice on moving to the area.
Austria (Salzburg)
15. Austria (Salzburg)
May 6, 2014
Anita Rani goes house-hunting in the Austrian state of Salzburg with a Wiltshire couple who are looking for a new home and business venture. Away from the property search, the buyers experience a real-life mountain rescue and Anita visits a traditional leather workshop.
Spain (Malaga)
14. Spain (Malaga)
April 24, 2014
Nicki Chapman travels to Malaga in southern Spain with a globetrotting couple who want to set up a permanent home in the country, with a budget of £300,000 to spend. Away from the property search, Nicki gives her couple some advice on moving to Spain and visits a workshop where famous flamenco guitars are made.
Italy (Umbria)
13. Italy (Umbria)
April 23, 2014
Anita Rani is in the stunning region of Umbria, Italy, property shopping with newlyweds from Scotland. They are searching for a home where they can live and work on a budget of £250,000. While in the region, Anita introduces the couple to some British ex-pats to get the lowdown on moving to Italy, and tries her hand at the ancient craft of lace-making.
Cyprus (Limassol)
12. Cyprus (Limassol)
April 22, 2014
Nicki Chapman is house hunting in the Limassol region of Cyprus, with a couple from Cornwall who want to turn their regular holiday destination into a permanent home. Away from the property search, Nicki offers practical tips on moving to Cyprus and makes a sweet treat from the native carob tree.
France (Dordogne)
11. France (Dordogne)
April 21, 2014
Alistair Appleton takes a couple across the channel to the Dordogne hoping to find them their first home together. It is a challenging search as their £350,000 budget needs to secure them not only a property but also a lake! Away from the house hunt, Alistair gives useful tips on house buying in France, and learns how the sweet wine of the region gets its distinctive flavour.
Spain (Almeria)
10. Spain (Almeria)
April 18, 2014
Anita Rani is property shopping in southern Spain, with a buyer from Hertfordshire who is seeking a retreat for himself and paying guests in the region of Almeria. Along the way, Anita gives some advice on the practicalities of moving to Spain, and takes to the water in a Roman bath.
Portugal (Algarve)
9. Portugal (Algarve)
April 17, 2014
Nicki Chapman is feeling the pressure in Portugal as she house hunts with a couple from Devon who are desperate to find a forever-home in the Algarve. With a budget of £180,000 to spend, their bags are already packed. While in the region, Nicki offers up some invaluable tips on moving to Portugal and discovers a unique and ancient industry.
Italy (Abruzzo)
8. Italy (Abruzzo)
April 16, 2014
Anita Rani travels to central Italy to help a couple from Brighton find a new home in the green region of Abruzzo. They see a selection of lovely properties for their £210,000 budget, but having only spent one day in the area previously, will they feel ready to commit to a new life on the continent? Away from the property hunt, Anita offers practical advice on moving to Italy and visits a family business which has been making traditional confetti sweets for over 200 years.
France (Brittany)
7. France (Brittany)
Endurance rider Lindsay and husband Paul are hoping to make the French region affectionately known as "Little Britain" their new home.
Germany (Mosel Valley)
6. Germany (Mosel Valley)
April 14, 2014
Alistair Appleton is exploring Germany's Mosel Valley with a couple who plan to swap Wales for the continent. With a budget of £180,000 we find properties which offer amazing value. Along the way, Alistair offers up some helpful advice on moving to Germany and visits the birthplace of a man whose invention literally changed the way we live our lives.
Cyprus (Paphos)
5. Cyprus (Paphos)
April 12, 2014
Anita Rani is in the Paphos region of Cyprus, property shopping with a Yorkshire couple who want to set up home together, with a budget of £200,000. While in the region, Anita offers up some helpful tips on moving to Cyprus and meets a food producer, responsible for one of Cyprus's most famous exports.
Croatia (Dubrovnik)
4. Croatia (Dubrovnik)
April 10, 2014
Nicki Chapman is house hunting with a couple from Wiltshire who are hoping to find a home where they can both live and work in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on a budget of up to £450,000. Nicki offers up some practical tips on moving to Croatia and visits the oldest and best-preserved medieval salt works in the Mediterranean.
Spain (Valencia)
3. Spain (Valencia)
April 9, 2014
Anita Rani is in Valencia, Spain, house-hunting with a recently married couple who are hoping to start the next chapter of their lives in a new country. Away from the house hunt, Anita offers up some helpful tips on moving to Spain and learns about a 700-year-old industry that is still going strong today.
Austria (Carinthia)
2. Austria (Carinthia)
April 8, 2014
Alistair Appleton is in the Carinthia region of Austria, house hunting with a Nottinghamshire couple who have a budget of £375,000 with which to purchase a new continental home. Our buyers are convinced that a new start in Austria will offer them a lifestyle of scenery, sport and style. Away from the house hunt, Alistair provides some helpful tips on moving abroad and visits a unique project where a medieval castle is being built from scratch.
France (Poitou-Charentes)
1. France (Poitou-Charentes)
April 7, 2014
In this episode, Nicki Chapman crosses the channel to property shop with buyers from Sheffield who are hoping to start a new life abroad in the Poitou-Charentes region of France. Nicki offers up some helpful tips on moving to France and visits the home of one of the world's best-known brandies.
  • Premiere Date
    April 7, 2014
  • IMDB Rating
    7.8  (102)