Most beautiful villages of France

Larressingle is one of the many beautiful villages in southern 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

Eguisheim village

Eguisheim (Haut-Rhin)

Of the many beautiful traditional villages in Alsace, Eguisheim is one of our favourites

See Eguisheim guide Location

Hunspach village

Hunspach (Bas-Rhin)

The flowers, gardens and beautifully maintained old houses, all painted white, ensure that Hunspach is a highlight for visitors to Alsace

See Hunspach guide Location

Riquewihr village

Riquewihr (Haut-Rhin)

Riquewihr is very lovely and has less to undermine its medieval charm than almost any of the Alsace villages

See Riquewihr guide Location

Belves village

Belves (Dordogne)

Belves is one of the liveliest and most attractive small towns in the Dordogne and has several historic monumnts of interest

See Belves guide Location

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle village

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle (Dordogne)

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle is a very pretty village best known for the Chateau de castelnaud, the most visited castle in the region

See Castelnaud-la-Chapelle guide Location

La Bastide-Clairence village

La Bastide-Clairence (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

Labastide-Clairence is another of the most picturesque villages in the Basque region

See La Bastide-Clairence guide Location

Limeuil village

Limeuil (Dordogne)

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

See Limeuil guide Location

Monpazier village

Monpazier (Dordogne)

Monpazier is an exceptional 13th century bastide town, among the most beautiful villages in France.

See Monpazier guide Location

Saint-Amand-de-Coly village

Saint-Amand-de-Coly (Dordogne)

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

See Saint-Amand-de-Coly guide Location

Saint-Leon-sur-Vezere village

Saint-Leon-sur-Vezere (Dordogne)

In the heart of the UNESCO listed Vézère Valley, the village of Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère is one of the loveliest in the Dordogne

See Saint-Leon-sur-Vezere guide Location

Auvergne: Most Beautiful Villages

Arlempdes village

Arlempdes (Haute-Loire)

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

See Arlempdes guide Location

Charroux village

Charroux (Allier)

Charroux is a very quiet Auvergne village, unusual in the 'village centre' being a hard to find area of grass!

See Charroux guide Location

Montpeyroux village

Montpeyroux (Puy-de-Dome)

Montpeyroux is a small village now listed among the 'most beautiful in France' and very pleasant to explore

See Montpeyroux guide Location

Saint-Floret village

Saint-Floret (Puy-de-Dome)

The tiny village of Saint-Floret with its ruined castle and frescoes is now listed among the 'most beautiful in France'

See Saint-Floret guide Location

Salers village

Salers (Cantal)

Salers, listed as a 'most beautiful village in France' is very lovely - and also very popular (crowded!) with visitors

See Salers guide Location

Usson village

Usson (Puy-de-Dome)

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

See Usson guide Location

Le Faou village

Le Faou (Finistere)

The attractive harbour and traditional wooden houses explain why Le Faou is now listed amng the most beautiful villages in France

See Le Faou guide Location

Burgundy: Most Beautiful Villages

Chateauneuf-en-Auxois village

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

See Chateauneuf-en-Auxois guide Location

Noyers-sur-Serein village

Noyers-sur-Serein (Yonne)

The half-timbered houses and riverside setting make Noyers-sur-Serein one of our favourite small towns in this region

See Noyers-sur-Serein guide Location

Corsica: Most Beautiful Villages

Piana village

Piana (Corse-du-Sud)

Piana is a small and very picturesque village, also well placed to explore the stunning coastal scenery of western Corsica

See Piana guide Location

Franche-Comte: Most Beautiful Villages

Baume-les-Messieurs village

Baume-les-Messieurs (Jura)

The attractive village of Baume-les-Messieurs is surrounded by cliffs and steep wooded slopes and dominated by its 13th century abbey

See Baume-les-Messieurs guide Location

Lods village

Lods (Doubs)

Lods is quite small but very pleasant to explore, in particular the village along the waterfalls on the Loue river

See Lods guide Location

Languedoc-Roussillon: Most Beautiful Villages

Aigueze village

Aigueze (Gard)

The pretty village of Aigueuze, listed among the 'most beautiful villages in France', also has great views across the Gorges de l'Ardeche

See Aigueze guide Location

Eus village

Eus (Pyrenees-Orientales)

The steep streets of Eus re very lovely to explore - and it is said to be the sunniest village in France!

See Eus guide Location

La Roque-sur-Ceze village

La Roque-sur-Ceze (Gard)

It is very lovely exploring the steep streest in the ancient village of La Roque-sur-Ceze

See La Roque-sur-Ceze guide Location

Minerve village

Minerve (Herault)

The ancient streets of the attractive village of Minerve are very pleasant to explore, and you also have great views across the region

See Minerve guide Location

Olargues village

Olargues (Herault)

With a lovely medieval centre and the scenic background of the Jaur river that encircles Olargues this is one of our favourite Languedoc villages

See Olargues guide Location

Sainte-Enimie village

Sainte-Enimie (Lozere)

Sainte-Enimie is the most extensive, and perhaps the most interesting, of the pretty villages along the Gorges du Tarne

See Sainte-Enimie guide Location

Limousin: Most Beautiful Villages

Collonges-la-Rouge village

Collonges-la-Rouge (Correze)

The village of Collonges-le-Rouge is very distinctive, being built almost entirely from red rock

See Collonges-la-Rouge guide Location

Mortemart village

Mortemart (Haute-Vienne)

Now listed among the 'most beautiful villages in France', Mortemart is a very pleasant village to pass an hour or two exploring

See Mortemart guide Location

Treignac village

Treignac (Correze)

The medieval quarter around the 11th century church is the highlight in the village of Treignac

See Treignac guide Location

Loire Valley: Most Beautiful Villages

Apremont-sur-Allier village

Apremont-sur-Allier (Cher)

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

See Apremont-sur-Allier guide Location

Crissay-sur-Manse village

Crissay-sur-Manse (Indre-et-Loire)

The lovely little stone houses and narrow streets in Crissay-sur-Manse explain its inclusion aong the 'most beautiful villages in France'

See Crissay-sur-Manse guide Location

Lavardin village

Lavardin (Loir-et-Cher)

With a river and ancient bridge below and an ancient castle above Lavardin, it is an exceptionally pretty little village

See Lavardin guide Location

Saint-Benoit-du-Sault village

Saint-Benoit-du-Sault (Indre)

The unspoiled medieval streets in the 'most beautiful village' of Saint-Benoit-de-Sault quickly take you back several hundred years in time

See Saint-Benoit-du-Sault guide Location

Lorraine: Most Beautiful Villages

Rodemack village

Rodemack (Moselle)

The medieval centre in the fortified village of Rodemack make it one of the most beautiful villages in the Lorraine region

See Rodemack guide Location

Midi-Pyrenees: Most Beautiful Villages

Autoire village

Autoire (Lot)

Autoire is very small but very pleasant to explore, while nearby you can admire thescenery of the Cirque d'Autoire

See Autoire guide Location

Belcastel village

Belcastel (Aveyron)

The lovely riverside setting, the step cobled street and the castle combine to make Belcstel one of our favourite villages

See Belcastel guide Location

Bruniquel village

Bruniquel (Tarn-et-Garonne)

The cobbled streets, numerous medieval buildings and the castle combine to make Bruniquel a very lovely village to explore

See Bruniquel guide Location

Capdenac village

Capdenac (Lot)

Capdenac-le-Haut, another of the 'beautiful villages of France' is quite small but very picturesque

See Capdenac guide Location

Carennac village

Carennac (Lot)

There are numerous architectural highlights and attractive buildings in Carennac, one of the 'most beautiful villages of France'

See Carennac guide Location

Conques village

Conques (Aveyron)

Best known for its abbey and a s a pilgrimage destination, the beautiful village of Conques is a highlight of any visit to Aveyron

See Conques guide Location

Fources village

Fources (Gers)

Fources, one of the 'most beautiful villages in France' is unusual in being a bastide town that follows a circular layout

See Fources guide Location

Larressingle village

Larressingle (Gers)

Larressingle is a perfect medieval fortified village, with the defensive walls around the town still almost completely intact

See Larressingle guide Location

Lauzerte village

Lauzerte (Tarn-et-Garonne)

Lauzerte, a small bastide town in a hilltop position, is one of our favourite villages in this region

See Lauzerte guide Location

Loubressac village

Loubressac (Lot)

Both the unspoiled nature of the village and the beautiful views make the small village of Loubressac a great pleasure to visit

See Loubressac guide Location

Montreal-du-Gers village

Montreal-du-Gers (Gers)

After exploring the picturesque village at Montreal-du-Gers you can visit the Roman Villa of Seviac nearby

See Montreal-du-Gers guide Location

Peyre village

Peyre (Aveyron)

Close to Millau Bridge, the small village of Peyre is listed among the most beautiful villages in France

See Peyre guide Location

Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges village

Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges (Haute-Garonne)

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

See Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges guide Location

Saint-Come-d'Olt village

Saint-Come-d'Olt (Aveyron)

The pilgrimage village of Saint-Côme-d'Olt, with its castle and unusual church, is listed among the 'most beautiful French villages'

See Saint-Come-d'Olt guide Location

Sainte-Eulalie-d'Olt village

Sainte-Eulalie-d'Olt (Aveyron)

After exploring the picturesque village at Sainte-Eulalie-d'Olt you will find lots of scenic highlights in the surrounding countryside

See Sainte-Eulalie-d'Olt guide Location

Sauveterre-de-Rouergue village

Sauveterre-de-Rouergue (Aveyron)

The highlight in Sauveterre-de-Rouergue is surely the medieval houses and arcades in the central square

See Sauveterre-de-Rouergue guide Location

Beuvron village

Beuvron (Calvados)

Part of the Normandy Cider Route, Beuvron has lots of half-timberd houses and is one of the prettiest villages in Normandy

See Beuvron guide Location

Lyons-la-Foret village

Lyons-la-Foret (Eure)

The half-timbered buildings in the village of Lyons-la-Foret make it one of the prettiest places in Normandy

See Lyons-la-Foret guide Location

Paris: Most Beautiful Villages

La Roche-Guyon village

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

See La Roche-Guyon guide Location

Sainte-Suzanne village

Sainte-Suzanne (Mayenne)

The medieval village and the castle in the pretty village of Sainte-Suzanne still retain much of the original town fortified walls

See Sainte-Suzanne guide Location

Picardy: Most Beautiful Villages

Gerberoy village

Gerberoy (Oise)

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'

See Gerberoy guide Location

Poitou-Charentes: Most Beautiful Villages

Angles-sur-l'Anglin village

Angles-sur-l'Anglin (Vienne)

The pretty village of Angles sur l'Anglin and the river setting make this one of our favourite Vienne villages

See Angles-sur-l'Anglin guide Location

Aubeterre-sur-Dronne village

Aubeterre-sur-Dronne (Charente)

The attractive village of Aubeterre-sur-Dronne is also well known for its imposing troglodyte church

See Aubeterre-sur-Dronne guide Location

La Flotte-en-Re village

La Flotte-en-Re (Charente-Maritime)

The village of La Flotte-en-Ré is a pretty village on the Ile-de-Ré

See La Flotte-en-Re guide Location

Talmont village

Talmont (Charente-Maritime)

Talmont-sur-Gironde is one of the prettiest villages in Charente-Maritime, well known for the imposing roman style church

See Talmont guide Location

Bargeme village

Bargeme (Var)

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

See Bargeme guide Location

Coaraze village

Coaraze (Alpes-Maritimes)

Coaraze is one of several picturesque villages in the mountains north of Nice that also have stunning views

See Coaraze guide Location

Gordes village

Gordes (Vaucluse)

The exceptionall pretty-village of Gordes is also one of the most visited villages in France

See Gordes guide Location

La Grave village

La Grave (Hautes-Alpes)

Although better known as a ski resort, the village of La Grave is also a very unspoiled traditional mountain village

See La Grave guide Location

Menerbes village

Menerbes (Vaucluse)

One of our favourite Luberon villages, the streets of old Menerbes are overflowing with charm

See Menerbes guide Location

Roussillon village

Roussillon (Vaucluse)

As well as the orange houses of the village you can explore the ancient ochre mines just below Roussillon

See Roussillon guide Location

Seguret village

Seguret (Vaucluse)

Seguret is a very picturesque village east of Orange, now classified among the most beautiful villages in France

See Seguret guide Location

Tourtour village

Tourtour (Var)

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

See Tourtour guide Location

Rhone-Alpes: Most Beautiful Villages

Balazuc village

Balazuc (Ardeche)

After exploring ancient Balazuc you descend further to reach the Ardeche river

See Balazuc guide Location

La Garde-Adhemar village

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

See La Garde-Adhemar guide Location

Mirmande village

Mirmande (Drome)

The medieval vilage of Mirmande retains its original ramparts and it really is one of the 'most beautiful villages in France'

See Mirmande guide Location

Perouges village

Perouges (Ain)

The hillside walled town of perouges is among our favourite villages to be found in France

See Perouges guide Location

Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez village

Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez (Loire)

Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez, now a 'most beautiful village in France' is unusual because it started life as a series of monastery buildings

See Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez guide Location

Vogue village

Vogue (Ardeche)

Dominated by its castle, the beautiful village of Vogue is one of our favourite Ardeche villages

See Vogue guide Location

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.

 
 

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