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Most Beautiful Villages in France

France Villages

 

From their food to their villages, the French love to rate things. The Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, or Most Beautiful Villages in France, consists of 156 villages spread over 21 regions  - and given there are over 32,000 villages in France this list might help you narrow down your dream French itinerary! Many of these villages feature in our range of walking and cycling tours – here’s a few of our favourites.


Castelnau-de-Montmiral

Villages of France - Castelnau-de-Montmiral

This “bastide” or fortified village near Albi overlooks the Vère valley and lies in the heart of the Gaillac vineyards. It was founded by Raymond VII, Count of Toulouse, and its church is home to the reliquary cross of the Counts of Armagnac, adorned with 310 precious stones.

 

Explore Castelnau-de-Montmiral and other historic sites of the Cathars on our Medieval France: Tarn & Aveyron journey.

 


Conques

Villages of France - Conques

Nestled in lush green surroundings, the tiny village of Conques is a must-see highlight on the French Way of St James. A visit here will see you encounter the classic half-timbered house architecture as well as the main attraction, a golden statue covered in gold and precious stones in the Romanesque UNESCO World Heritage listed abbey of Sainte Foy.

 

Discover Conques on one of our walks along the Way of St James.

 

 


Hunawihr

Villages of France - Hunawihr

Located on the Wine Route, right in the middle of the vineyards, this flower-decked village of Alsace conceals a wealth of treasures and unusual sights: its 16C houses, its fortified church and cemetery, which make Hunawihr one of the few examples of defensive religious architecture, and for a romantic touch, its Butterfly Garden.

 

 

 

 

 


Les Baux-de-Provence

Villages of France - Les Baux-de-Provence

Set in the heart of the Alpilles, the region that captivated the Dutch impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh, Les Baux-de-Provence is perched like an eagle’s nest boasting views across the Camargue. The town was owned by the Grimaldi family until 1790 and Prince Albert of Monaco still retains the honorary title of Marquess of Les Baux.

 

Get there on our In Van Gogh’s Footsteps

 

 

 


Mittelbergheim

Villages of France - Mittelbergheim

At the foot of Mount Saint Odile, surrounded by vineyards, this village is the preserve of the Zotzenberg grand cru and bears a definite stamp of its winegrowing culture: from the architecture of its houses opening onto large courtyards flanked by buildings for winemaking to the "Weinschlag", a precious compendium containing a wealth of information about vineyards and wine since 1510 that can be seen in the charming Renaissance town hall.

 

 

 

 


Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

Villages of France - Moustiers

Moustiers has established its houses and bustling streets in the indentation of a rock, right beside the Lac de Sainte-Croix and the Gorges du Verdon. It is famous for producing pottery (faïence) and the village still has some twenty workshops devoted to that craft today.

 

Get there on our In Van Gogh’s Footsteps

 

 

 

 


Puycelci

Villages of France - Puycelci

The fortified village of Puycelci watches over Grésigne Forest from the top of a rocky plateau overlooking the Vère valley. 14C and 15C houses made of stone, wood and brick are revealed behind more than 800 m of ramparts and the rampart walk offers wonderful views of the surrounding scenery.

 

Explore Puycelci and other historic sites of the Cathars on our Medieval France: Tarn & Aveyron.

 

 


Riquewihr

Villages of France - Riquewihr 

Riquewihr is one of Alsace’s gems and its excellent wines match the excellence of its architecture. A medieval museum of a town with fortifications dating back to the 13th century. Many of the old buildings have dovecots and are built round central courtyards.

 


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