Towns in Bloom in France

Photo of Towns in Bloom

The 'towns and villages in bloom' award (ville fleurie) is given to French places that make a special effort to create a pleasant natural environment for both residents and visitors by focussing on plants, flowers and open areas within the town.

The awards range from 1* to 4* (4* is the highest) - there are a great deal of places that have received 1* and 2*, rather less with 3* and approximately 200 that have received the prestigious 4* for their efforts.

In our experience 4* towns in bloom in France have made significant long term efforts to improve their gardens and parks and are worth visiting because of their efforts, even if for no other reason (some of the towns are also important tourist destinations in their own right, others less so).

List of the French Towns in Bloom



Alsace

Bergheim (Haut-Rhin)

Bergheim village

The original fortified walls still surround the very picturesque village of Bergheim

Bergheim travel guide

Colmar (Haut-Rhin)

Colmar village

The medieval centre of Colmar, with brightly painted half-timbered houses along the canalside, is extremely attractive

Colmar travel guide

Eguisheim (Haut-Rhin)

Eguisheim village

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

Eguisheim travel guide

Guebwiller (Haut-Rhin)

Guebwiller village

In Guebwilller it is the part of the town along the canal and also the churches that are the highlight for visitors

Guebwiller travel guide

Ribeauville (Haut-Rhin)

Ribeauville village

The traditional coloured houses and the castle poised high above the town make Ribeauvillé a pleasant place to explore

Ribeauville travel guide

Aquitaine

Anglet (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

Anglet village

Anglet, close to Biarritz, is also a good place to enjoy some of the most southern beaches of the French Atlantic coast

Anglet travel guide

Bergerac (Dordogne)

Bergerac village

Bergerac is a substantial town on the banks of the river and with an extensive medieval old town. One of our favourite towns!

Bergerac travel guide

Biscarrosse (Landes)

Biscarrosse village

A small and modern sea resort Biscarrosse is also one of the liveliest and most popular in the region

Biscarrosse travel guide

Mimizan (Landes)

Mimizan village

The resort at Mimizan Plage is a popular destination with several kilometres of sandy beaches

Mimizan travel guide

Mont-de-Marsan (Landes)

Mont-de-Marsan village

Not usually thought of as a tourist destination, Mont-de-Marson merits a visit when you are in the region

Mont-de-Marsan travel guide

Pau (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

Pau village

The large town of Pau is well known for the views from the belvedere that cover a large section of Pyrenees mountains

Pau travel guide

Perigueux (Dordogne)

Perigueux village

One of our favourite towns in the Dordogne, Perigueux has an imposing byzantine cathedral and an extensive medieval old town to explore

Perigueux travel guide

Auvergne

Vichy (Allier)

Vichy village

The spa town of Vichy is best known for its bottled water and as centre for the government of unoccupied Fraance during the Second World War

Vichy travel guide

Brittany

Dinard (Ille-et-Vilaine)

Dinard village

Dinard, estblished as a fashionable resort in the 19th century, is still one of the nicest towns in Ille-et-Vilaine

Dinard travel guide

Fougeres (Ille-et-Vilaine)

Fougeres village

The castle and historic lower town are the main attraction, but be sure to also explore the newer upper town in Fougeres

Fougeres travel guide

Lannion (Cotes-d'Armor)

Lannion village

Although Lannion is now associated with hi-tech industries, you will also find an interesting historical centre

Lannion travel guide

Pontrieux (Cotes-d'Armor)

Pontrieux village

The canals, river and port in Pontrieux - and the famous washhouses - make it a very scenic town to explore

Pontrieux travel guide

Quimper (Finistere)

Quimper village

The important town of Quimper is also one of the most visited in Brittany, especially for the half-timbered houses and the cathedral

Quimper travel guide

Rochefort-en-Terre (Morbihan)

Rochefort-en-Terre village

Now listed as one of the 'most beautiful villages in France' you will enjoy a stroll around the centre of Rochefort-en-Terre and a look at the castle

Rochefort-en-Terre travel guide

Saint-Malo (Ille-et-Vilaine)

Saint-Malo village

We were pleased to discover that Saint-Malo, often considered a ferry port, is also an exceptional town to explore

Saint-Malo travel guide

Vannes (Morbihan)

Vannes village

An unmissable highlight in this region of Brittany, the half-timbered houses in the centre of Vannes make it one of our favourite French medieval towns

Vannes travel guide

Burgundy

Beaune (Cote d'Or)

Beaune village

Beaune is the centre of the famous wine region of the same name, with a visit to th 15th century Hotel-Dieu the highlight in the town

Beaune travel guide

Dijon (Cote d'Or)

Dijon village

There is a remarkable range of interesting historic sites in Dijon, perhaps our favourite among the Burgundy towns

Dijon travel guide

Macon (Saone-et-Loire)

Macon village

After exploring the pleasant town of Macon we suggest a visit to nearby Lamartine's Castle

Macon travel guide

Paray-le-Monial (Saone-et-Loire)

Paray-le-Monial village

The 12th century abbey and other buildings and the pretty setting make the Basilica du Sacré-Coeur at Paray-le-Monial one of the most visited sites in France

Paray-le-Monial travel guide

Sens (Yonne)

Sens village

Sens is an important regional centre dominated by the Cathedral of Saint-Etienne, the first gothic style cathedral built in France

Sens travel guide

Champagne-Ardenne

Chalons-en-Champagne (Marne)

Chalons-en-Champagne village

In Chalons-sur-Champagne it is the various churches that are the main highlight of a visit

Chalons-en-Champagne travel guide

Reims (Marne)

Reims village

In the attractive and lively centre of Reims you can see three UNESCO listed world heritage sites: the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Abbey of Saint-Remi and the Palace of Tau

Reims travel guide

Franche-Comte

Belfort (Territoire-de-Belfort)

Belfort village

The town of Belfort and its citadel are pleasant to exlore when you are in the southern Vosges region

Belfort travel guide

Montbeliard (Doubs)

Montbeliard village

It is the castle in Montbeliard, on a raised rocky platform, that dominates the town centre

Montbeliard travel guide

Limousin

Limoges (Haute-Vienne)

Limoges village

Limoges is not usually featured on a list of 'must be visited places' but actually has an interesting centre, well worth exploring.

Limoges travel guide

Loire Valley

Aubigny-sur-Nere (Cher)

Aubigny-sur-Nere village

It is the multi-turreted castle and the Scottish connection that explain the popularity of Aubigny-sur-Nère

Aubigny-sur-Nere travel guide

Blois (Loir-et-Cher)

Blois village

The town of Blois, with its castle, cathedral, extensive historic centre and other monuments is one of our favourite Loire Valleyt towns

Blois travel guide

Bourges (Cher)

Bourges village

Although Bourges is known for its stunning cathedral, it also has a substantial medieval centre and the Palais Jacques-Coeur among its many places of interest

Bourges travel guide

Briare (Loiret)

Briare village

With the Loire River and the Canal de Briare crossing in the centre of Briare it is not surprising that water based activities are important here

Briare travel guide

Chartres (Eure-et-Loir)

Chartres village

Although most famous for its cathedral, you will also find plenty to explore elsewhere in the town of Chartres

Chartres travel guide

Chateauroux (Indre)

Chateauroux village

A little remote from the main tourist routes, Chateauroux is quite a sprawling town but has some sites of interest in its historic centre

Chateauroux travel guide

Issoudun (Indre)

Issoudun village

There are few important monuments here in Issoudun, but we enjoyed a stroll around the old town near the 'White Tower'

Issoudun travel guide

Tours (Indre-et-Loire)

Tours village

Tours is a large important town with numerous monuments, gardens and medieval buildings, and is also well placed to explore the west of the Loire Valley

Tours travel guide

Vendome (Loir-et-Cher)

Vendome village

Now listed as a 'town of art and history', Vendome retains many monuments from its active past despite extensive wartime damage

Vendome travel guide

Lorraine

Bitche (Moselle)

Bitche village

The citadel in Bitche is very interesting, with videos explaining the history and sieges of the town

Bitche travel guide

Metz (Moselle)

Metz village

As well as the cathedral it is the grand squares surrounded by 18th century townhouses that are among the highlights of your visit to Metz

Metz travel guide

Nancy (Meurthe-et-Moselle)

Nancy village

Rather overlooked as a tourist destination, the centre of Nancy around Place Stanislaus is impressive enough to be classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and there are several high quality museums!

Nancy travel guide

Midi-Pyrenees

Cahors (Lot)

Cahors village

Best known for the famous Pont Valentre bridge, Cahors is a lively town which also has a small historic centre

Cahors travel guide

Tarbes (Hautes-Pyrenees)

Tarbes village

The substantial gardens of Jardin Massey are the main place of interest in the centre of Tarbes

Tarbes travel guide

Nord-Pas-de-Calais

Arras (Pas-de-Calais)

Arras village

The belfry and the large number of baroque style houses make the centre of Arras very appealing with little clue that most were rebuilt less than 100 years ago after WW1 damage

Arras travel guide

Boulogne-sur-Mer (Pas-de-Calais)

Boulogne-sur-Mer village

The old town with its ramparts, castle and ancient streets are the highlight in Boulogne itself, while nearby there are plenty of good sandy beaches

Boulogne-sur-Mer travel guide

Le Touquet (Pas-de-Calais)

Le Touquet village

Upmarket Le Touquet is probably the most popular of the coastal resorts in the region, with a lovely beach and wide range of facilties

Le Touquet travel guide

Montreuil (Pas-de-Calais)

Montreuil village

The historic centre of the fortified town of Montreuil is lovely to explore with lots of cobbled streets and shady squares to discover

Montreuil travel guide

Roubaix (Nord)

Roubaix village

Although its not a major tourist destination, the centre of the large town of Roubaix has several sights of interest

Roubaix travel guide

Normandy

Cabourg (Calvados)

Cabourg village

One time favourite of Marcel Proust, Cabourg has one of the longest and active beaches in the region

Cabourg travel guide

Cherbourg (Manche)

Cherbourg village

The port town of Cherbourg has several monuments and museums of interest and a visit is recommended

Cherbourg travel guide

Eu (Seine-Maritime)

Eu village

The red-brick castle, built in the 16th century, is the main attraction for visitors to Eu

Eu travel guide

Honfleur (Calvados)

Honfleur village

There are lots of interesting things to see in Honfleur - if you can drag yourself away from the lovely harbour!

Honfleur travel guide

Lyons-la-Foret (Eure)

Lyons-la-Foret village

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

Lyons-la-Foret travel guide

Pont-Audemer (Eure)

Pont-Audemer village

The canals and rivers are the highlight in Pont Audemer, famous for its traditional canalside washouses

Pont-Audemer travel guide

Saint-Valery-en-Caux (Seine-Maritime)

Saint-Valery-en-Caux village

The area around the beach, harbour and marina in Saint-Valery-en-Caux is always very active in summer

Saint-Valery-en-Caux travel guide

Pays de la Loire

Angers (Maine-et-Loire)

Angers village

Most famous for its castle, Angers also has a cathedral and many other interesting historical monuments, numerous parks and gardens...

Angers travel guide

Aubigne-sur-Layon (Maine-et-Loire)

Aubigne-sur-Layon village

The small village of Aubigne-sur-Layon is very pretty, especially in late spring and summer when the many flowers in the town are in bloom

Aubigne-sur-Layon travel guide

La Baule (Loire-Atlantique)

La Baule village

La Baule-Escoblac is a very pleasant and popular resort with a long sandy beach - a toch of the French riviera in the north-west!

La Baule travel guide

Nantes (Loire-Atlantique)

Nantes village

One of the largest towns in France, Nantes has many monuments, museums and places of interest to discover including the famous 'elephant' on the island.

Nantes travel guide

Notre-Dame-de-Monts (Vendee)

Notre-Dame-de-Monts village

The resort of Notre-Dame-de-Monts is one of the quiter resorts of the Vendee coast

Notre-Dame-de-Monts travel guide

Pornichet (Loire-Atlantique)

Pornichet village

The emphasis in Pornichet, immediately south of La Baule, is most certainly based around the long and sandy beach

Pornichet travel guide

Saint-Jean-de-Monts (Vendee)

Saint-Jean-de-Monts village

At Saint-Jean-de-Monts you will enjoy the extensive sandy beaches and one of the livelier resorts on the Vendee coast

Saint-Jean-de-Monts travel guide

Picardy

Beauvais (Oise)

Beauvais village

In Beauvais you can see the important (if often rebuilt and renovated) cathedral with its famous astronomical clock and several medieval houses

Beauvais travel guide

Poitou-Charentes

Angouleme (Charente)

Angouleme village

Angouleme is one of our favourite Charente towns, with several interesting historic monuments to see and nice views

Angouleme travel guide

Marans (Charente-Maritime)

Marans village

Marans is a small town with a pretty section along the river in the town

Marans travel guide

Royan (Charente-Maritime)

Royan village

At Royan you will enjoy the beaches and also the promenade along the seafront

Royan travel guide

Saintes (Charente-Maritime)

Saintes village

The town of Saintes is very interesting, with an extensive old-town to explore and a Roman amphitheatre

Saintes travel guide

Thouars (Deux-Sevres)

Thouars village

Best known for its 17th century castle, in Thouars you can also see several medieval monuments

Thouars travel guide

Provence

Bormes-les-Mimosas (Var)

Bormes-les-Mimosas village

The lovely historic centre of Bormes-le-Mimosas overflows with plants and flowers

Bormes-les-Mimosas travel guide

Cannes (Alpes-Maritimes)

Cannes village

Even without the famous film festival, the town and harbour area of Cannes would ensure its popularity

Cannes travel guide

Hyeres (Var)

Hyeres village

Hyères has an extended historic centre with parks and a castle as well as a charming 19th century quarter in the town

Hyeres travel guide

Martigues (Bouches-du-Rhone)

Martigues village

The harbour area and quaint fishermen cottages is the principal attraction in the large town of Martigues

Martigues travel guide

Menton (Alpes-Maritimes)

Menton village

The beautiful town of Menton, on the slopes of a hill near the Italian border, is one of our very favourite towns in France

Menton travel guide

Nice (Alpes-Maritimes)

Nice village

One of the largest towns in France, Nice is also the most visited resort and our favourite Riviera resort town in France

Nice travel guide

Sanary-sur-Mer (Var)

Sanary-sur-Mer village

The historic boats and the palm trees around the pretty harbour are the highlight in Sanary-sur-Mer, with various beaches close to hand

Sanary-sur-Mer travel guide

Rhone-Alpes

Aix-les-Bains (Savoie)

Aix-les-Bains village

Aix-les-Bains is one of the best preserved 'belle-epoque' spa towns in France

Aix-les-Bains travel guide

Annecy (Haute-Savoie)

Annecy village

Annecy is a very lovely town with a great deal to enjoy, enhanced further by the mountain backdrop

Annecy travel guide

Evian (Haute-Savoie)

Evian village

Evian is a very lovely town, also well known as a spa town and for the bottled water from here that is famous worldwide

Evian travel guide

Megeve (Haute-Savoie)

Megeve village

Megeve is among the most prestigious of the French ski resorts and also an active town

Megeve travel guide

Valence (Drome)

Valence village

Although the famous local vineyards are the main attraction there is a great deal of interest in Valence itself

Valence travel guide

Yvoire (Haute-Savoie)

Yvoire village

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

Yvoire travel guide

See more about the Towns in Bloom (villes fleuries) and a complete listing at the official site Villes et villages fleuris (French only).