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Most beautiful villages of France

 

A total of about 155 villages across mainland France and two in Corsica have been given the prestigious 'most beautiful villages of France' award. The villages are listed below by region and there is a map showing all the 'beautiful villages of France' to help you find those near your destination.

Selected French villages to explore...


 

The above is just a small selection. See the map or full list below for other villages

We have visited and have detailed information pages and a photo gallery for many of the villages shown - see individual places below. Remember: there are of course numerous villages that are very attractive but not classified!

Which do we think is the 'most beautiful village in France'?

I haven't visited all of them yet, but of those I have (more than 100?), Conques (Midi-Pyrenees) and Monpazier (Dordogne) would rate very highly as my ideal 'most beautiful village', with Gordes (Provence) as a third contender.

Map showing the classified most beautiful villages in France

On the map showing all the villages you can see that although they are widely dispersed across France, there is also a significant amount of 'clustering' - with certain areas having more than their fair share of 'Most beautiful villages of France' - the Dordogne and Luberon areas in particular.

 

Most Beautiful Villages of France by department

ALSACE - Most beautiful villages of France

Bas-Rhin:
  • HUNSPACH - 10 km S of Wissembourg; 20 km NE of Haguenau Hunspach
  • MITTELBERGHEIM - 8 km S of Obernai; 2 km NE of Andlau Mittelbergheim
Haut-Rhin:
  • HUNAWIHR - 10 km NW of Colmar; 2 km S of Ribeauville. 2 km NE of Riquewihr (see below) Hunawihr
  • RIQUEWIHR - 12 km NW of Colmar; 6 km SW of Ribeauville. 2 km SW of Hunawihr (see above) Riquewihr
  • EGUISHEIM Eguisheim

AQUITAINE - Most beautiful villages of France

Dordogne:
  • BELVES - 20 km SW of Sarlat-la-Canéda Belves
  • BEYNAC-ET-CAZENAC - On the Dordogne, 8 km SW of Sarlat-la-Canéda Beynac
  • DOMME - On the Dordogne, 8 km SW of Sarlat-la-Canéda Domme
  • LIMEUIL - 30 km W of Sarlat-la-Canéda; 5 km SW of La Bugue. 15 km NW of Belves Limeuil
  • MONPAZIER - 15km S of Domme Monpazier
  • ROQUE-GAGEAC - 8 km S of Sarlat-la-Canéda La Roque-Gageac
  • SAINT-JEAN-DE-COLE - 15 km NE of Brantôme Saint-Jean-de-Cole
  • SAINT-AMAND-DE-COLY- (Dordogne) - St-Amand-de-Coly
  • SAINT-LEON-SUR-VEZERE - In the Vézère Valley near Lascaux caves; 40 km SE of Périgueux Saint Leon sur Vezere
Lot-et-Garonne:
  • MONFLANQUIN  - 15 km N of Villeneuve-sur-Lot Monflanquin
  • PUJOLS-LE-HAUT - 2 km S of Villeneuve-sur-Lot; 25 km N of Agen. Pujols
Atlantic Pyrenees (Pyrénées-Atlantiques: )



AUVERGNE - Most beautiful villages of France

Allier:
Haute-Loire:
  • ARLEMPDES - 20 km S of Le Puy-en-Velay Arlempdes
  • BLESLE - 15 km W of Brioude Blesle
  • LAVAUDIEU - 7 km SE of Brioude Lavaudieu
  • PRADELLES - 30 km S of Le Puy-en-Velay Pradelles
Puy-de-Dôme:

BURGUNDY (BOURGOGNE) - Most beautiful villages of France

Côte-d'Or:
Saône-et-Loire:
Yonne:
  • NOYERS-SUR-SEREIN - 30 km SE of Auxerre Noyers
  • VEZELAY - 40 km S of Auxerre Vezelay

BRITTANY (BRETAGNE) - Most beautiful villages of France

Finistère:
Ille-et-Vilaine:
  • SAINT-SULIAC - 7 km S of St Malo
Morbihan:

CENTRE - Most beautiful villages of France

Cher:
Indre:
Indre-et-Loire:
Loir-et-Cher:
  • LAVARDIN  - 20 km SW of Vendome Lavardin
Loiret:

YEVRE-LE-CHATEL  - 40 km NE of orleans Yevre-le-Chatel

 

CORSICA - Most beautiful villages of France


Corse-du-Sud:
  • PIANA - Corsica 12km from Porto Piana
Haute-Corse:

FRANCHE-COMTE - Most beautiful villages of France

Doubs:
  • LODS - 30 km SE of Besançon Lods
Haute-Saône:
  • PESMES - 30 km W of Besançon - see Pesmes
Jura:

ILE-DE-FRANCE - Most beautiful villages of France


Val-d'Oise:

LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON - Most beautiful villages


Aude:
  • LAGRASSE - 30 km SE of Carcassonne Lagrasse
Gard:
  • LA ROQUE-SUR-CEZE - northern Gard department - La Roque-sur-Ceze
  • AIGUEZE - (north-east Gard) - south-east of the gorges de l'Ardeche Aigueze
Hérault:
  • MINERVE - 25 km NW of Narbonne Minerve
  • OLARGUES - 40 km NW of Béziers Olargues
  • SAINT-GUILHEM-LE-DESERT - 20 km E of Lodève St Guilhem
Lozère:
  • LA GARDE-GUERIN - Cevennes national park area, 40 km N of Alès La Garde Guerin
  • SAINTE-ENIMIE - 20 km SW of Mende St Enimie
Pyrénées-Orientales:
  • CASTELNOU - 20 km SW of Perpignan Castelnou
  • EUS - 40 km W of Perpignan. 10 km NE of Villefranche-de-Conflent Eus
  • MOSSET - NW of Eus Mosset
  • VILLEFRANCHE-DE-CONFLENT - 50 km W of Perpignan. 10 km SW of Eus Villefranche-de-Conflent

LIMOUSIN - Most beautiful villages of France

Corrèze:
  • COLLONGES-LA-ROUGE - 15 km SE of Brive-la-Gaillarde Collonges-la-Rouge
  • CUREMONTE - 25 km SE of Brive-la-Gaillarde Curemonte
  • SAINT-ROBERT - 20 km NW of Brive-la-Gaillarde
  • SEGUR-LE-CHATEAU - 20 km W of Uzerche Ségur-le-Chateau
  • TREIGNAC - 30 km N of Tulle Treignac
  • TURENNE - 12 km SE of Brive-la-Gaillarde Turenne
Haute-Vienne:

LORRAINE - Most beautiful villages of France

Moselle:
  • RODEMACK - 15 km NE of Thionville - see Rodemack
  • SAINT-QUIRIN - 50 km W of Strasbourg - see Saint-Quirin

MIDI-PYRENEES - Most beautiful villages of France

Ariège:
Aveyron:
Garonne (Haute):
Gers:
Lot:
  • AUTOIRE - 15 km NE of Gramat Autoire
  • CARDAILLAC - 8 km N of Figeac - see Cardaillac
  • CARENNAC - 20 km E of Souillac Carennac
  • LACAPELLE-MARIVAL - 15 km NW of Figeac
  • LOUBRESSAC - 15 km NE of Gramat Loubressac
  • SAINT-CIRQ-LAPOPIE - 20 km E of Cahors St Cirq Lapopie
Tarn:
  • CASTELNAU-DE-MONTMIRAL - 25 km W of Albi - see Castelnau-de-Montmiral
  • LAUTREC - 15 km NW of Castres - see Lautrec
  • PUYCELSI-GRESIGNE - 30 km E of Montauban
Tarn-et-Garonne:

NORMANDY (NORMANDIE Basse) - Most beautiful villages of France

Calvados:
Manche:
  • BARFLEUR - 25 km E of Cherbourg, on the coast Barfleur
Orne

NORMANDIE (Haute) - Most beautiful villages of France

Eure:

PAYS-DE-LA-LOIRE - Most beautiful villages of France

Maine-et-Loire:
Mayenne
Vendée:
  • VOUVANT - 12 km N of Fontenay-le-Comte Vouvant

PICARDY (PICARDIE) - Most beautiful villages of France

Aisne:
Oise:
  • GERBEROY - 20 km NW of Beauvais Gerberoy

POITOU-CHARENTES - Most beautiful villages of France


Charente:
Charente-Maritime:
  • ARS-EN-RE - 30 km W of La Rochelle (on Ile-de-Ré) Ars-en-Ré
  • LA FLOTTE-EN-RE - 12 km W of La Rochelle (on Ile-de-Ré) La Flotte-en-Ré
  • MORNAC-SUR-SEUDRE - 10 km N of Royan
  • TALMONT-SUR-GIRONDE - 15 km SE of Royan Talmont-sur-Gironde
Deux-Sèvres:
  • COULON - 10 km W of Niort Coulon
Vienne:

ANGLES-SUR-L'ANGLIN - 40 km NE of Potiers Angles sur l'Anglin Angles-sur-l'Anglin

PROVENCE-ALPES-COTE D'AZUR - Most beautiful villages

Alpes-de-Haute-Provence:
  • MOUSTIERS-SAINTE-MARIE - near the Gorges du Verdon Moustiers
Alpes-Maritimes:
Bouches-du-Rhône:
Hautes-Alpes:
  • LA GRAVE - 40km NW of Briancon La Grave
  • SAINT-VERAN - 50 km SE of Briancon
Var:
  • BARGEME - 30km S of Castellane Bargeme
  • GASSIN - 10 km S of St Tropez Gassin
  • SEILLANS - 35 km W of Graisse Seillans
  • TOURTOUR - 20 km W of Draguignan Tourtour
Vaucluse:

RHONE-ALPES - Most beautiful villages of France

Ain:
Ardèche:
  • BALAZUC - 10 km S of Aubenas Balazuc
  • VOGUE - 15 km S of Aubenas Vogué
Drôme:
Isere:
Loire:
Rhone:
  • OINGT - 20 km from Lyon - Oingt
Savoie:
  • BONNEVAL-SUR-ARC - 10 km S of Val-d'Isère Bonneval
Haute-Savoie:

Note re. photos of villages - we also have photo galleries for many of the beautiful villages in France listed - see individual details.

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