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.
Which do we think is the 'most beautiful village in France'?
We haven't visited all of them yet, but of those we have (more than 100?) Conques (Midi-Pyrenees) and Monpazier (Dordogne) would rate very highly as my ideal 'most beautiful village', with Gordes (Provence) and Locronan (Brittany) as third place contenders.
Selected French villages to explore...by region
Alsace: Most Beautiful Villages
Of the many beautiful traditional villages in Alsace, Eguisheim is one of our favourites
The flowers, gardens and beautifully maintained old houses, all painted white, ensure that Hunspach is a highlight for visitors to Alsace
Riquewihr is very lovely and has less to undermine its medieval charm than almost any of the Alsace villages
Belves is one of the liveliest and most attractive small towns in the Dordogne and has several historic monumnts of interest
Castelnaud-la-Chapelle is a very pretty village best known for the Chateau de castelnaud, the most visited castle in the region
La Bastide-Clairence (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)
Labastide-Clairence is another of the most picturesque villages in the Basque region
Limeuil is classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, and has a popular river beach where the Vezere and Dordogne rivers join
Monpazier is an exceptional 13th century bastide town, among the most beautiful villages in France.
The village of Saint-Amand-de-Coly is one of the prettiest in the Dordogne, and also well placed s a base if you are exploring the region
In the heart of the UNESCO listed Vézère Valley, the village of Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère is one of the loveliest in the Dordogne
Auvergne: Most Beautiful Villages
Arlempdes is a very small village but the character of the village, the ruined castle and the valley of the Loire combine to make it very picturesque
Charroux is a very quiet Auvergne village, unusual in the 'village centre' being a hard to find area of grass!
Montpeyroux is a small village now listed among the 'most beautiful in France' and very pleasant to explore
The tiny village of Saint-Floret with its ruined castle and frescoes is now listed among the 'most beautiful in France'
Salers, listed as a 'most beautiful village in France' is very lovely - and also very popular (crowded!) with visitors
One of the least developed of the 'most beautiful villages in France' (a good thing!) the quaint centre of Usson is overlooked by a large statue of the Virgin Mary
Le Faou (Finistere)
The attractive harbour and traditional wooden houses explain why Le Faou is now listed amng the most beautiful villages in France
Burgundy: Most Beautiful Villages
Chateauneuf-en-Auxois (Cote d'Or)
The village of Chateauneuf-sur-Auxois, one of the 'most beautiful villages in France', also has an interesting castle
The half-timbered houses and riverside setting make Noyers-sur-Serein one of our favourite small towns in this region
Corsica: Most Beautiful Villages
Piana is a small and very picturesque village, also well placed to explore the stunning coastal scenery of western Corsica
Franche-Comte: Most Beautiful Villages
The attractive village of Baume-les-Messieurs is surrounded by cliffs and steep wooded slopes and dominated by its 13th century abbey
Lods is quite small but very pleasant to explore, in particular the village along the waterfalls on the Loue river
Languedoc-Roussillon: Most Beautiful Villages
The pretty village of Aigueuze, listed among the 'most beautiful villages in France', also has great views across the Gorges de l'Ardeche
The steep streets of Eus re very lovely to explore - and it is said to be the sunniest village in France!
La Roque-sur-Ceze (Gard)
It is very lovely exploring the steep streest in the ancient village of La Roque-sur-Ceze
The ancient streets of the attractive village of Minerve are very pleasant to explore, and you also have great views across the region
With a lovely medieval centre and the scenic background of the Jaur river that encircles Olargues this is one of our favourite Languedoc villages
Sainte-Enimie is the most extensive, and perhaps the most interesting, of the pretty villages along the Gorges du Tarne
Limousin: Most Beautiful Villages
The village of Collonges-le-Rouge is very distinctive, being built almost entirely from red rock
Now listed among the 'most beautiful villages in France', Mortemart is a very pleasant village to pass an hour or two exploring
The medieval quarter around the 11th century church is the highlight in the village of Treignac
Loire Valley: Most Beautiful Villages
The story of the renewal of Apremont-sur-Allier is fascinating, and leads us to the 'most beautiful village' and Castle Park that we see today
The lovely little stone houses and narrow streets in Crissay-sur-Manse explain its inclusion aong the 'most beautiful villages in France'
With a river and ancient bridge below and an ancient castle above Lavardin, it is an exceptionally pretty little village
The unspoiled medieval streets in the 'most beautiful village' of Saint-Benoit-de-Sault quickly take you back several hundred years in time
Lorraine: Most Beautiful Villages
The medieval centre in the fortified village of Rodemack make it one of the most beautiful villages in the Lorraine region
Midi-Pyrenees: Most Beautiful Villages
Autoire is very small but very pleasant to explore, while nearby you can admire thescenery of the Cirque d'Autoire
The lovely riverside setting, the step cobled street and the castle combine to make Belcstel one of our favourite villages
The cobbled streets, numerous medieval buildings and the castle combine to make Bruniquel a very lovely village to explore
Capdenac-le-Haut, another of the 'beautiful villages of France' is quite small but very picturesque
There are numerous architectural highlights and attractive buildings in Carennac, one of the 'most beautiful villages of France'
Best known for its abbey and a s a pilgrimage destination, the beautiful village of Conques is a highlight of any visit to Aveyron
Fources, one of the 'most beautiful villages in France' is unusual in being a bastide town that follows a circular layout
Larressingle is a perfect medieval fortified village, with the defensive walls around the town still almost completely intact
Lauzerte, a small bastide town in a hilltop position, is one of our favourite villages in this region
Both the unspoiled nature of the village and the beautiful views make the small village of Loubressac a great pleasure to visit
After exploring the picturesque village at Montreal-du-Gers you can visit the Roman Villa of Seviac nearby
Close to Millau Bridge, the small village of Peyre is listed among the most beautiful villages in France
2000 years ago the town of Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges had 10000 inhabitants - now it has 250! The Saint Bertrand de Comminges cathedral is the highlight in the old town centre
The pilgrimage village of Saint-Côme-d'Olt, with its castle and unusual church, is listed among the 'most beautiful French villages'
After exploring the picturesque village at Sainte-Eulalie-d'Olt you will find lots of scenic highlights in the surrounding countryside
The highlight in Sauveterre-de-Rouergue is surely the medieval houses and arcades in the central square
Part of the Normandy Cider Route, Beuvron has lots of half-timberd houses and is one of the prettiest villages in Normandy
The half-timbered buildings in the village of Lyons-la-Foret make it one of the prettiest places in Normandy
Paris: Most Beautiful Villages
La Roche-Guyon (Val-d'Oise)
At La Roche-Guyon, a 'plus beau village de France', you can exlore a pretty village with an ancient castle and donjon
The medieval village and the castle in the pretty village of Sainte-Suzanne still retain much of the original town fortified walls
Picardy: Most Beautiful Villages
The 18th century cottages and pretty gardens, and a radical transformation during the last 50 years, have ensured that Gerberoy is listed among the 'most beautiful villages in France'
Poitou-Charentes: Most Beautiful Villages
The pretty village of Angles sur l'Anglin and the river setting make this one of our favourite Vienne villages
The attractive village of Aubeterre-sur-Dronne is also well known for its imposing troglodyte church
La Flotte-en-Re (Charente-Maritime)
The village of La Flotte-en-Ré is a pretty village on the Ile-de-Ré
Talmont-sur-Gironde is one of the prettiest villages in Charente-Maritime, well known for the imposing roman style church
More than 1000 metres above sea-level, it is no surprise that the views are as much part of the attraction as the historic village in Bargeme
Coaraze is one of several picturesque villages in the mountains north of Nice that also have stunning views
The exceptionall pretty-village of Gordes is also one of the most visited villages in France
La Grave (Hautes-Alpes)
Although better known as a ski resort, the village of La Grave is also a very unspoiled traditional mountain village
One of our favourite Luberon villages, the streets of old Menerbes are overflowing with charm
As well as the orange houses of the village you can explore the ancient ochre mines just below Roussillon
Seguret is a very picturesque village east of Orange, now classified among the most beautiful villages in France
Tourtour is a very attractive and traditional small Provencal town, in a position that helps ensure that the town avoids the worst excesses of tourism
Rhone-Alpes: Most Beautiful Villages
After exploring ancient Balazuc you descend further to reach the Ardeche river
La Garde-Adhemar (Drome)
Lovely views, a medieval garden, a 12th century roman style church are just some of the highlights in La Garde-Adhemar
The medieval vilage of Mirmande retains its original ramparts and it really is one of the 'most beautiful villages in France'
The hillside walled town of perouges is among our favourite villages to be found in France
Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez, now a 'most beautiful village in France' is unusual because it started life as a series of monastery buildings
Dominated by its castle, the beautiful village of Vogue is one of our favourite Ardeche villages
We have visited and have detailed information pages and a photo gallery for many of the villages shown - see individual places for details. Remember: there are of course numerous villages that are very attractive but not classified!
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.