Are you looking for charming corners frozen in time? Home to more than 36,000 municipalities (more than any other country in Europe), France is home to so many picturesque villages that it would be impossible to name them all. But there are some who stand out despite everything. Want to go green? Skyscanner reveals its ranking of 15 of the most beautiful villages in France.
What is the most beautiful village in France 2017?
First of all, focus on number 1 in the ranking of the most beautiful villages in France 2017 elected by the French: Kaysersberg, in the Haut-Rhin!
It is not a surprise that the most beautiful village in France is in Alsace, because the region has many (as we will see right after!). Located on the wine route, this Alsace village is sure to charm you with its beautiful half-timbered houses, adjoining the Weiss stream and the beauty of its alleys.
The most beautiful villages of France in Alsace
If you like to visit beautiful villages in France, Alsace is made for you! If Eguisheim is so popular, Hunawihr will please you with its atypical side, surrounded by vineyards, its Butterfly Garden and its fortified architecture. The half-timbered white houses of Hunspach, the vineyard houses of Mittelbergheim or even the magnificent 15th and 18th century residences of Riquewihr will also impress you and are among the most beautiful villages in Alsace.
The most beautiful villages of France in Brittany
Si vous cherchez plutôt un beau village en bord de mer, vous trouverez facilement votre bonheur en Bretagne ! En 2015, Ploumanac’h avait été ainsi sacré plus beau village de France et accessoirement plus beau village de Bretagne. Il faut dire qu’il ne manque pas de charme avec ses magnifiques rochers de granit rose dont les plus grands s’élèvent à 20 mètres et son port naturel protégé. A voir aussi parmi les plus beaux villages de Bretagne : Le Faou, Locronan, Moncontour et Saint-Suliac.
What are the most beautiful villages in France?
Let’s discover together this classification of the most beautiful villages of France, with many beautiful villages to visit.
1. Barfleur, Manche
Located northeast of the English Channel, Barfleur is one of the prettiest villages in France. You can admire a picturesque harbor, a charming little town center as well as visit the lighthouse of Gatteville. After a tiring climb of 365 steps, you will reach the top of the lighthouse and you will be able to admire a magnificent panorama.
2. Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
Surrounded by fields of lavender, Moustiers-Saint Marie is one of the most beautiful villages in France. Located in the high Alps in the heart of the Verdon regional park, this village is renowned for its star suspended above the void. Once the visit to the village is finished, do not hesitate to visit the earthenware museum to learn more about local handicrafts.
3. Pesmes, Haute-Saône
Located in the heart of Haute-Saône, Pesmes is a large village (1,099 inhabitants) considered to be one of the most beautiful medieval villages in France. Time seems to have stopped there. You can admire a beautiful medieval enclosure, blacksmiths or even admire the peaceful Ognon – the river that flows through the village. If you want to buy a souvenir, shopping, go to the workshop of Oléanne. You can find a wide choice of vegetable oils from organic farming.
4. Lavardin, Loir-et-Cher
Located on the banks of the Loir, Lavardin is a very old village – it already existed in the time of the Gauls under the sweet name of Labricinum . With 199 inhabitants, this small village in France is home to a picturesque church (Eglise Saint Genest) as well as an impressive castle in ruins. Take time to stroll through the old center of the village. You will discover unsuspected treasures around a lane.
5. Roussillon, Vaucluse
Located in the heart of the Luberon natural park, Roussillon – which has just over 1,000 inhabitants – is one of the most beautiful villages in France. Begin your stay by exploring the alleys of the old center and then take a walk along the Ocher Trail or the Giants Causeway, where you can admire landscapes that will no doubt remind you of the Grand Canyon. It is not for nothing that this place is nicknamed « Colorado Provençal ». If all these visits have made you hungry, we recommend that you eat at David or P’tit Gourmand, two of the best restaurants in the village.
6. Baume-les-Messieurs, Jura
Located in the heart of the Jura nature, Baume-les-Messieurs is the ideal place to go if you want to go green. Considered one of the most beautiful natural villages in France, the village shelters a pretty imperial abbey which will allow you to go back in time. If you love nature, do not hesitate to venture outside the village. You can visit a cave, admire the resplendent cascade of tuffs or stroll in the middle of forests surrounded by majestic hills.
7. Piana, South Corsica
Piana is one of the most beautiful villages in Corsica. Located in the west of the Isle of Beauty, Piana is renowned for its magnificent creeks which are listed as World Heritage by UNESCO. After visiting the picturesque village, you can admire the pretty Dardo canyon or the sunset behind Mount Capu Rossu.
Do not miss to admire the creeks of Piana, they are memorable and completely photogenic.
8. Rocamadour, Lot
Nestled along a steep cliff overlooking the Alzou, Rocamadour is one of the most beautiful villages in Lot and France. You can admire beautiful shrines as well as many buildings dating from the 19th century. Rocamadour is a paradise for lovers of the Middle Ages: you can admire the Durandal – a show with actors on horseback. Be sure to visit the Monkey Forest and the Rock of the Eagles. If you have time, don’t hesitate to take a tour of the prehistoric cave of Wonders. You can admire some cave paintings.
9. Castelnou, Pyrénées-Orientales
Located 20 kilometers south-west of Perpignan, Castelnou is a charming little village which houses a picturesque castle from where you can admire a pretty view of the village below. If you have a rental car , do not hesitate to visit the Abbey of Saint-Martin du Canigou. Founded in the 10th century by Benedictine monks, this magnificent abbey is located about an hour’s drive from Castelnou.
10. Sainte-Enimie, Lozère
Located in the middle of the Tarn gorges, Sainte-Enimie is one of the most beautiful villages in Lozère. Take the time to walk the cobbled streets of the old center to admire the houses that emanate a delicious scent of yesteryear. Sainte-Enimie is also a paradise for lovers of the great outdoors. You can canoe / kayak in the Tarn gorges, go hiking or rent a mountain bike to explore the surrounding nature.
11. Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Lot
Located in the heart of the Causses regional park, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie was elected « favorite village of the French » in 2012. It must be said that this medieval village which overlooks the Lot from the top of a 100m high cliff is magnificent . The village is home to no less than 13 historic monuments. Start your visit by the Chemin des Brigands. You can admire old houses, discover craft shops and admire a lovely view of the Lot valley. Be sure to admire the picturesque church and the sorcerer’s cave. Finally, if you have time, we recommend that you take a cruise. This will allow you to admire the magnificent Lot valley, which is full of small villages, each more beautiful than the next.
12. Brousse-le-château, Aveyron
Located in the heart of Aveyron, Brousse-le-château is one of the most charming villages in France. As you can imagine, the village is home to … a magnificent medieval castle whose visit will allow you to go back in time. Be sure to explore the surroundings: the region is home to many hidden treasures that will delight the most discerning traveler.
13. Turenne, Corrèze
Located in the heart of Corrèze, Turenne (800 inhabitants) shelters many buildings in particular the Tower César (built in XIIe century), the house Livet and the house Cheyroux, both built during the XVth century. Do not miss to admire the castle (another one!). You will have a magnificent view of the village and the surrounding countryside. The village also shelters some good restaurants like La Vicomte or Vieux Séchoir where you can taste local specialties.
Turenne is home to many old houses, some of which were built in the 15th century
14. Gordes, Vaucluse
Gordes is one of the most beautiful villages in the Luberon. You can admire ancient abbeys – such as the Sénanque abbey – water mills and many houses built centuries ago. Be sure to visit the village of bories as well as the glass and stained glass museum, where you can admire many glass works.
15. Mosset, Pyrenees-Orientales
Last on our ranking, Mosset is one of the most beautiful villages in the south of France. Surrounded by mountains, this village is home to many interesting buildings to visit, including the Perfume Tower, the Mascarda Tower or even old religious buildings such as the Saint-Julien-le-Vieux church, now in ruins. If you can, rent a donkey at « Les anes de la Licorne ». This will allow you to hike without having to carry a heavy backpack and your children will be delighted with their new traveling companion.
Nous sommes conscient qu’il existe de nombreux autres villages pittoresques absents dans cette liste et en sommes désolés – nous ne pouvons pas parler de tous les jolis villages de France dans un seul et même article !
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