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'?

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.

Selected French villages to explore...



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

Hunawihr village

Hunawihr (Haut-Rhin)

In the heart of the Alsace wine region you should visit Hunawihr, now listed among the 'most beautiful villages in France'

See Hunawihr 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

Mittelbergheim village

Mittelbergheim (Bas-Rhin)

Mittelbergheim is one of several Alsave villages classed among the most beautiful in France, and a local base for wine production and tasting

See Mittelbergheim 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

Aquitaine: Most Beautiful Villages

Ainhoa village

Ainhoa (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

Betwen sea and mountains, the basque village of Ainhoa is listed among the most beautiful villages in France

See Ainhoa 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

Beynac village

Beynac (Dordogne)

One of the most beautiful villages in France and also with stunning views and on of the most impressive Dordogne castles, Beynac is unmissable when you visit

See Beynac 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

Domme village

Domme (Dordogne)

The hilltop village of Domme has it all: a beautiful village, an extensive cave sytem, and very extensive views across the river and countryside

See Domme 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

La Roque-Gageac village

La Roque-Gageac (Dordogne)

The picture-postcard village of La Roque-Gageac is along the banks of the Dordogne river and also has semi-tropical gardens and ancient cave dwellings to see.

See La Roque-Gageac 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

Monflanquin village

Monflanquin (Lot-et-Garonne)

Listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France, the 13th century bastide town of Monflanquin has an attractive arcaded central square

See Monflanquin 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

Pujols village

Pujols (Lot-et-Garonne)

The small village of Pujols manages to squeeze a great deal of character, interesting houses and lovely views for such a small village!

See Pujols 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-Jean-de-Cole village

Saint-Jean-de-Cole (Dordogne)

Saint-Jean-de-Cole is a small but very pretty village with a nice church and beautiful riverside setting

See Saint-Jean-de-Cole 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

Sare village

Sare (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

Sare is one of several traditional Basque towns in the western Pyrenees, with lots of houses in the local architectural style

See Sare 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

Blesle village

Blesle (Haute-Loire)

There are a remarkable number of sites of interest in the small village of Blesle because in medieval times it was an important town for the local Barons

See Blesle 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

Lavaudieu village

Lavaudieu (Haute-Loire)

Lavaoudieu is listed among the most beautiful villages in France, and has the roman style Abbey de Lavaudieu as principal attraction

See Lavaudieu 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

Pradelles village

Pradelles (Haute-Loire)

Both the picturesque historic village centre and the lovely viwes make Pradelles a highlight in the Haute-Loire department

See Pradelles 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

Saint-Saturnin village

Saint-Saturnin (Puy-de-Dome)

With ancient narrow streets, an imposing church and its position on the side of a steep valley Saint-Saturnin is among our favourite Auvergne villages

See Saint-Saturnin 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

Tournemire village

Tournemire (Cantal)

The very picturesque village of Tournemire is overlooked by the Chateau de Anjony

See Tournemire 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

Brittany: Most Beautiful Villages

Ile-de-Sein village

Ile-de-Sein (Finistere)

As well as lovely scenery you will also enjoy exploring the village on the remote island of Ile-de-Sein, now listed among the most beautiful villages in France

See Ile-de-Sein 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

Locronan village

Locronan (Finistere)

Locronan, listed among the 'most beautiful villages in France' is one of our favourite villages in Britany

See Locronan 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

Flavigny village

Flavigny (Cote d'Or)

The village of Flavigny retains an ancient centre surrounded by fortified walls, and a very authentic historic atmoshere

See Flavigny 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

Semur-en-Brionnais village

Semur-en-Brionnais (Saone-et-Loire)

As well as the pretty village itself, you can also visit the Chateau de Saint-Hugues and Collegiale Saint-Hilaire in Semur-en-Brionnais

See Semur-en-Brionnais 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

Sant'Antonino village

Sant'Antonino (Haute-Corse)

Sant'Antonino is a beautiful village of medieval streets in the Balagne region of northern Corsica

See Sant'Antonino 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

Chateau-Chalon village

Chateau-Chalon (Jura)

One of the key reasons to visit the pretty village of Chateau-Chalon is its hilltop position with lovely views across the vineyards in the valley below

See Chateau-Chalon 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

Pesmes village

Pesmes (Haute-Saone)

The quaint village of Pesmes is one of the prettiest in Franche-Comté and also has several individual places of interest

See Pesmes 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 countryside

See Aigueze guide Location

Castelnou village

Castelnou (Pyrenees-Orientales)

The picturesque village of Castelnou, overlooked by a castle, is one of our favourite Languedoc-Roussillon villages

See Castelnou 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 Garde-Guerin village

La Garde-Guerin (Lozere)

The isolated village of La Garde-Guerin is one of the best preserved and unspoiled French villages that we have visited

See La Garde-Guerin 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

Lagrasse village

Lagrasse (Aude)

The romantic atmosphere in medieval Lagrasse have made it a popular centre for artisans and artists

See Lagrasse 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

Mosset village

Mosset (Pyrenees-Orientales)

The medieval streets in the heart of Mosset have helped it become listed among the 'most beautiful villages in France'

See Mosset 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

Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert village

Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert (Herault)

Even as you approach Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert along the Gorges de l'Herault you can see it is rather special - and you certainly aren't disappointed when you arrive!

See Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert 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

Villefranche-de-Conflent village

Villefranche-de-Conflent (Pyrenees-Orientales)

Villefranche-de-Conflent is a fascinating place to explore, with a fortified ancient village in the valley and a substantial fort high on the cliff above the village

See Villefranche-de-Conflent 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

Curemonte village

Curemonte (Correze)

In a lovely hilltop position, Curemonte is less touristic than many of the 'most beautiful villages in France' but certainly should be visited

See Curemonte 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

Segur-le-Chateau village

Segur-le-Chateau (Correze)

The part of Segur-le-Chateau with medieval houses next to the river is especially beautiful, but elsewhere there is also much to enjoy

See Segur-le-Chateau 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

Turenne village

Turenne (Correze)

The medieval village at Turenne still also has two fortified towers, and beautiful views across Limousin

See Turenne 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

Candes-Saint-Martin village

Candes-Saint-Martin (Indre-et-Loire)

In the village of Candes-Saint-Martin, a 'most beautiful village in France', you can see the Vienne river, a medieval collegiale church and a lovely viewpoint

See Candes-Saint-Martin 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

Gargilesse-Dampierre village

Gargilesse-Dampierre (Indre)

Gargilesse-Dampierre is a very small village, but also very pretty and in a lovely setting. Don't miss the frescoes in the church crypt!

See Gargilesse-Dampierre 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

Montresor village

Montresor (Indre-et-Loire)

On the Indrois river, it is the quaint old town, the castle and the collegiale church that will be the focus of your visit to the pretty village of Montresor

See Montresor 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

Yevre-le-Chatel village

Yevre-le-Chatel (Loiret)

The walk along the Rimarden river, the traditional charm and the ruined castle all contributed to Yevre-le-Chatel being listed as a 'most beautiful village in France'

See Yevre-le-Chatel 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

Saint-Quirin village

Saint-Quirin (Moselle)

The centre of the small village of Saint-Quirin is very pleasant to explore, then take the cobbled path that leads to a small chapel above the village

See Saint-Quirin 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

Auvillar village

Auvillar (Tarn-et-Garonne)

The lovely village of Auvillar has a very unusual round market hall in the village centre

See Auvillar 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

Brousse-le-Chateau village

Brousse-le-Chateau (Aveyron)

Brousse-le-Chateau is an idyllic little village of steep cobbled streets on the banks of the Tarn and Alrance rivers

See Brousse-le-Chateau 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

Camon village

Camon (Ariege)

The fortified village of Camon, listed as a 'most beautiful village of France' is one of our favourites in this region

See Camon 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

Cardaillac village

Cardaillac (Lot)

Cardaillac is a small, unspoiled village now listed among the 'most beautiful in France'

See Cardaillac 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

Castelnau-de-Montmiral village

Castelnau-de-Montmiral (Tarn)

The central square of Castelnau-de-Montmiral with its medieval buildings, and the views from its hilltop location, together make it very worthy of a visit

See Castelnau-de-Montmiral 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

Estaing village

Estaing (Aveyron)

This pretty village in the Aubrac region has several monumentsof note, including the Chateau d'Estaing

See Estaing 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

La Couvertoirade village

La Couvertoirade (Aveyron)

La Couvertoirade, listed among the 'most beautiful villages in France', is one of the most complete fortified medieval villages in France

See La Couvertoirade 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

Lautrec village

Lautrec (Tarn)

Lautrec is a small village, but both the views and the intereting historic buildings make it very pleasant to explore

See Lautrec 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

Lavardens village

Lavardens (Gers)

The castle and the church are among the places of interest in the small village of Lavardens

See Lavardens 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

Monesties village

Monesties (Tarn)

There is much more to discover in Monesties than you would expect in such a small village, such as a Mise au Tombeau in the chapel and an ancient hump-backed bridge

See Monesties 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

Najac village

Najac (Aveyron)

The village of Najac is very pretty, and the castle and ridgetop position mean you also have lovely views

See Najac 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

Puycelsi village

Puycelsi (Tarn)

We particularly enjoyed the walk around the ramaparts in Puycelsi, one of the 'most beautiful villages of France'

See Puycelsi 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-Cirq-Lapopie village

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie (Lot)

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is certainly among the most beautiful villages in France, with its riverside setting and lovely historic streets

See Saint-Cirq-Lapopie 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

Saint-Lizier village

Saint-Lizier (Ariege)

A small village in the Natural Regional Park of the Ariege Pyrenees, Saint-Lizier is very picturesque and also has a cathedral and other notable monuments

See Saint-Lizier 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

Sarrant village

Sarrant (Gers)

The ancient gateway and half-timbered houses bring a medieval feel to the village of Sarrant

See Sarrant 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

Normandy: Most Beautiful Villages

Barfleur village

Barfleur (Manche)

Barfleur is listed among the 'most beautiful villages in France' and the harbour area in particular is very pretty

See Barfleur 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

Le Bec-Hellouin village

Le Bec-Hellouin (Eure)

The village of Le-Bec-Hellouin is one of the prettiest in Normandy, and also has Abbey of Bec-Hellouin to visit

See Le Bec-Hellouin 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

Saint-Ceneri-le-Gerei village

Saint-Ceneri-le-Gerei (Orne)

Saint-Ceneri-le-Gerei is a very pretty village in the Regional Natural Park of Normandie-Marne.

See Saint-Ceneri-le-Gerei 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

Pays de la Loire: Most Beautiful Villages

Montsoreau village

Montsoreau (Maine-et-Loire)

Montsoreau, listed as a 'most beautiful villages in France', also has an interesting troglodyte vilage to explore

See Montsoreau 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

Vouvant village

Vouvant (Vendee)

The pleasant village of Vouvant still retains part of a medieval castle and an ancient stone bridge

See Vouvant 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

Parfondeval village

Parfondeval (Aisne)

The small and rather remote village of Parfondeval is lso very picturesque and centred around its fortified church

See Parfondeval 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

Ars-en-Re village

Ars-en-Re (Charente-Maritime)

Ars-en-Ré is one of the pretty villages to explore on the Ile-de-Ré

See Ars-en-Re 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

Coulon village

Coulon (Deux-Sevres)

Established since 2000 years agio, Coulon is now a centre for exploring the Marais-Poitevin marshes

See Coulon 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

Mornac-sur-Seudre village

Mornac-sur-Seudre (Charente-Maritime)

Not far from Royan the centre of Mornac-sur-Seudre is attractive and very pleasant to stroll around

See Mornac-sur-Seudre 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

Provence: Most Beautiful Villages

Ansouis village

Ansouis (Vaucluse)

The quaint medieval centre of Ansouis make this relatively quiet Provencal village an interesting contrast to nearby Gordes

See Ansouis 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

Baux-de-Provence village

Baux-de-Provence (Bouches-du-Rhone)

The village of Baux-de-Provence is small but exceptionally picturesque, and has beautiful views across the Provencal countryside. Unmissable!

See Baux-de-Provence 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

Gassin village

Gassin (Var)

Gassin, listed as a 'most beautiful village in France' is high on a hill above Saint-Tropez

See Gassin 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

Gourdon village

Gourdon (Alpes-Maritimes)

Gourdon is practically the archetypal Provencal village, unmissable by you and by the many thousands of other visitors to the region!

See Gourdon 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

Lourmarin village

Lourmarin (Vaucluse)

Lourmarin is one of the most important scenic villages in the Luberon region

See Lourmarin 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

Moustiers village

Moustiers (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)

It is the setting of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie below steep cliffs that help distinguish it from the other villages listed among the 'most beautiful in France'

See Moustiers 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

Sainte-Agnes village

Sainte-Agnes (Alpes-Maritimes)

Sainte-Agnes is the highest coastal village in Europe, 800 metres above sea-level and close to Menton - although the road here is rather steep and winding!

See Sainte-Agnes 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

Seillans village

Seillans (Var)

The village of Seillans is a perched village in the Pays de Fayence region of Provence, now listed among the 'most beautiful villages in France'

See Seillans 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

Venasque village

Venasque (Vaucluse)

The ancient baptistry and the scenery of the Nesque river valley are just two of the reasons to visit the village of Venasque

See Venasque 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

Bonneval village

Bonneval (Savoie)

At Bonneval, listed among the 'most beautiful villages of France', you can discover a very traditional mountain village

See Bonneval 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

Le Poet-Laval village

Le Poet-Laval (Drome)

The cobbled streets of ancient Le Poet-Laval are pedestrianized, which adds further to the appeal of this lovely village

See Le Poet-Laval 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

Oingt village

Oingt (Rhone)

Completely renovated in recent years, Oingt is one of the prettiest villages in the Beaujolais wine region

See Oingt 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

Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye village

Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye (Isere)

The village of St Antoine l'Abbaye, best known for its abbey complex, is listed among the 'most beautiful villages in France'

See Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye 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

Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval village

Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval (Haute-Savoie)

Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval is one of the 'most beautiful villages in France' and most visited for the easy access to several very scenic natural highlights

See Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval 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

Yvoire village

Yvoire (Haute-Savoie)

The village of Yvoire on the banks of Lake Geneva is extraordinarily pretty and one of our personal favourite French villages

See Yvoire 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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