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A total of about 160 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

Eguisheim

Eguisheim (Haut-Rhin)

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

See Eguisheim guide
Hunawihr

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
Hunspach

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
Mittelbergheim

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
Riquewihr

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

Aquitaine

Ainhoa

Ainhoa (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

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

See Ainhoa guide
Belves

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
Beynac

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
Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

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
Domme

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
La Bastide-Clairence

La Bastide-Clairence (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

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

See La Bastide-Clairence guide
La Roque-Gageac

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
Limeuil

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
Monflanquin

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
Monpazier

Monpazier (Dordogne)

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

See Monpazier guide
Pujols

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
Saint-Amand-de-Coly

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
Saint-Jean-de-Cole

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
Saint-Leon-sur-Vezere

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
Sare

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
Villereal

Villereal (Lot-et-Garonne)

Villereal is one of our favourite medieval bastide towns, with an impressive wooden market hall occupying the centre of the main market square

See Villereal guide

Auvergne

Arlempdes

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
Blesle

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
Charroux

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
Lavaudieu

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
Montpeyroux

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
Pradelles

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
Saint-Floret

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
Saint-Saturnin

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
Salers

Salers (Cantal)

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

See Salers guide
Tournemire

Tournemire (Cantal)

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

See Tournemire guide
Usson

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

Brittany

Ile-de-Sein

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
Le Faou

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
Locronan

Locronan (Finistere)

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

See Locronan guide
Saint-Suliac

Saint-Suliac (Ille-et-Vilaine)

Saint Suliac is a beautiful village on the estuary of the River Rance in Brittany.

See Saint-Suliac guide

Burgundy

Chateauneuf-en-Auxois

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
Flavigny

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
Noyers-sur-Serein

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
Semur-en-Brionnais

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

Corsica

Piana

Piana (Corse-du-Sud)

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

See Piana guide
Sant'Antonino

Sant'Antonino (Haute-Corse)

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

See Sant'Antonino guide

Franche-Comte

Baume-les-Messieurs

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
Chateau-Chalon

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
Lods

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
Pesmes

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

Languedoc-Roussillon

Aigueze

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
Castelnou

Castelnou (Pyrenees-Orientales)

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

See Castelnou guide
Eus

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
La Garde-Guerin

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
La Roque-sur-Ceze

La Roque-sur-Ceze (Gard)

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

See La Roque-sur-Ceze guide
Lagrasse

Lagrasse (Aude)

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

See Lagrasse guide
Minerve

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
Montclus

Montclus (Gard)

Montclus is a tiny but beautiful village in a lovely setting on the Cèze river

See Montclus guide
Mosset

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
Olargues

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
Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert

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
Sainte-Enimie

Sainte-Enimie (Lozere)

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

See Sainte-Enimie guide
Villefranche-de-Conflent

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

Limousin

Collonges-la-Rouge

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
Curemonte

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
Mortemart

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
Segur-le-Chateau

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
Treignac

Treignac (Correze)

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

See Treignac guide
Turenne

Turenne (Correze)

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

See Turenne guide

Loire Valley

Apremont-sur-Allier

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
Candes-Saint-Martin

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
Crissay-sur-Manse

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

Explore the lovely stone houses and narrow streets in the tiny village of Crissay-sur-Manse

See Crissay-sur-Manse guide
Gargilesse-Dampierre

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
Lavardin

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
Montresor

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
Saint-Benoit-du-Sault

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
Yevre-le-Chatel

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

Lorraine

Rodemack

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
Saint-Quirin

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

Midi-Pyrenees

Autoire

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
Auvillar

Auvillar (Tarn-et-Garonne)

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

See Auvillar guide
Belcastel

Belcastel (Aveyron)

The lovely riverside setting, the steep cobbled streets and the castle combine to make Belcastel one of our favourite villages

See Belcastel guide
Brousse-le-Chateau

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
Bruniquel

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
Camon

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
Capdenac

Capdenac (Lot)

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

See Capdenac guide
Cardaillac

Cardaillac (Lot)

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

See Cardaillac guide
Carennac

Carennac (Lot)

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

See Carennac guide
Castelnau-de-Montmiral

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
Conques

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
Estaing

Estaing (Aveyron)

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

See Estaing guide
Fources

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
La Couvertoirade

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
Larressingle

Larressingle (Gers)

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

See Larressingle guide
Lautrec

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
Lauzerte

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
Lavardens

Lavardens (Gers)

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

See Lavardens guide
Loubressac

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
Monesties

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
Montreal-du-Gers

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
Najac

Najac (Aveyron)

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

See Najac guide
Peyre

Peyre (Aveyron)

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

See Peyre guide
Puycelsi

Puycelsi (Tarn)

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

See Puycelsi guide
Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges

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
Saint-Cirq-Lapopie

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
Saint-Come-d'Olt

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
Saint-Lizier

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
Sainte-Eulalie-d'Olt

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
Sarrant

Sarrant (Gers)

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

See Sarrant guide
Sauveterre-de-Rouergue

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

Normandy

Barfleur

Barfleur (Manche)

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

See Barfleur guide
Beuvron

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
Le Bec-Hellouin

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
Lyons-la-Foret

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
Saint-Ceneri-le-Gerei

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
Veules-les-Roses

Veules-les-Roses (Seine-Maritime)

Veules-les-Roses is a stunning village on the coast of Normandy, France

See Veules-les-Roses guide

Paris region

La Roche-Guyon

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

Pays de la Loire

Montsoreau

Montsoreau (Maine-et-Loire)

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

See Montsoreau guide
Sainte-Suzanne

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
Vouvant

Vouvant (Vendee)

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

See Vouvant guide

Picardy

Gerberoy

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
Parfondeval

Parfondeval (Aisne)

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

See Parfondeval guide

Poitou-Charentes

Angles-sur-l'Anglin

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
Ars-en-Re

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
Aubeterre-sur-Dronne

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
Coulon

Coulon (Deux-Sevres)

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

See Coulon guide
La Flotte-en-Re

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
Mornac-sur-Seudre

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
Talmont

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

Provence

Ansouis

Ansouis (Vaucluse)

The quaint medieval centre, the castle and the views from Ansouis make it one of our favourite Luberon villages

See Ansouis guide
Bargeme

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
Baux-de-Provence

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
Coaraze

Coaraze (Alpes-Maritimes)

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

See Coaraze guide
Gassin

Gassin (Var)

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

See Gassin guide
Gordes

Gordes (Vaucluse)

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

See Gordes guide
Gourdon

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
La Grave

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
Lourmarin

Lourmarin (Vaucluse)

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

See Lourmarin guide
Menerbes

Menerbes (Vaucluse)

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

See Menerbes guide
Moustiers

Moustiers (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)

The setting of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie below steep cliffs and the lively historic centre make Moustiers-Sainte-Marie one of our favourite villages in France

See Moustiers guide
Roussillon

Roussillon (Vaucluse)

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

See Roussillon guide
Sainte-Agnes

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
Seguret

Seguret (Vaucluse)

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

See Seguret guide
Seillans

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
Tourtour

Tourtour (Var)

Tourtour is a very attractive and traditional Provencal village with a great deal to enjoy

See Tourtour guide
Venasque

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

Rhone-Alpes

Balazuc

Balazuc (Ardeche)

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

See Balazuc guide
Bonneval-sur-Arc

Bonneval-sur-Arc (Savoie)

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

See Bonneval-sur-Arc guide
La Garde-Adhemar

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
Le Poet-Laval

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
Mirmande

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
Oingt

Oingt (Rhone)

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

See Oingt guide
Perouges

Perouges (Ain)

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

See Perouges guide
Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye

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
Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez

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
Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval

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
Vogue

Vogue (Ardeche)

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

See Vogue guide
Yvoire

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

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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