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La Chapelle Pol à Plounéour-Brignogan Plages (Finistère), ©jopelka/iStock. Ces jours-là, la « montagne de Locronan », qui domine la ville, offre un spectacle des plus originaux. Thanks for sharing that. Du Finistère à l'Ille-et-Vilaine en passant par les Côtes-d'Armor et le Morbihan, voici les 10 plus beaux villages bretons à découvrir de toute urgence ! À ne pas rater : Festilacs, à cheval sur juillet et août, avec une programmation totalement variée et éclectique. À faire : La chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Tertre et son plafond recouvert de panneaux peints illustrant l'histoire biblique. Some ramparts remain, but the historic centre, with its half-timbered houses and covered market hall, is the main attraction, with a traditional market on Fridays. If you want to visit the most beautiful places in France, where do you start? The main attraction is certainly the main square and street. It was a stronghold of the counts of Toulouse, and you enter via gateways in the defensive walls. The scenery of towering rocks on my right slowly changed to a commune of houses built into the rock. Ces 13 km bucoliques forment la première étape du Sentier des douaniers, l'un des chemins de randonnée les plus prisés de Bretagne. From the village, follow the Grands Crus wine trail on foot or by bike.Eat The Saint Nicolas hotel’s restaurant Manala serves local fare such as pork on choucroute (€17).Stay The 16th-century Hotel de la Couronne has beamed doubles from €67.50 (breakfast from €6). In the valley below, pines, olive groves and vineyards surround the chapel of Nôtre Dame de l’Ormeau, with its 16th-century carved altarpiece. I was there on a Tuesday afternoon in June and I only bumped into two people. There are views of the foothills of the Alps and the Esterel massif. [Note: the number. Initially, I thought many more villages that I had visited would be on the list. Thanks, Along with La Roque-Gageac, it is a popular place to rent kayaks as the village is on the banks of the Dordogne River. Les Plus Beaux Villages de France Criteria, there must be some rural character with no more than 2,000 inhabitants, The Most Beautiful Villages In France That I Have Visited, Here are the 33 that I have visited from the. Just look at it! The king of Navarre built a fortress on a hill above the Nive river in the 12th century, and the village grew around it. Labellisée Petite Cité de caractère, La Roche-Bernard fut bâtie par le Viking Bern Hart (fort comme un ours) au Xe siècle. Au fil de votre balade découvrez : les vestiges du Château moyenâgeux, la Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours qui fut construite sur 4 siècles ! Ancienne capitale du Goëlo, Châtelaudren avait une vocation marchande qui explique l'importance de la place de la République, bordée de hautes demeures du XVIIIème siècle et d'une très belle église de la même époque. The village is also one of the main stops for the “Little Yellow Train”. From a fairytale fortress in the Loire to a clifftop stronghold in Provence, these charming, historic villages make perfect bases for exploring rural France, Sat 13 Apr 2019 07.00 BST À ne pas rater : Les expositions estivales dans les deux salles dédiées de l'abbaye qui accueillent des artistes bretons et internationaux. Terre envoûtante, Rochefort-en-Terre a attiré de nombreux artistes comme le peintre Alfred Klots qui transforma les ruines de son château en somptueux manoir breton. Initially, I thought many more villages that I had visited would be on the list. It has a beautiful castle and pond, and is close to many chateaux and other interesting sites around the Loire Valley. Will I visit them all? Eguisheim has the added distinction of being the winner of the Favourite Village Of The French in 2013. The feudal castle of Château d’Évol was built in 1260 and much still remains. Relié par un pont, ce petit morceau de terre ravira vos yeux, de par la lumière naturelle, constamment changeante, et par les paysages aux couleurs enivrantes. Le village est composé de maisons du XVIIème siècle en pierre et son petit pont enjambant la Rance est un vrai décor de carte postale. The wool market, the Halle de Cardeux, has been restored as a cultural centre and exhibition space. Like Eguisheim, Riquewihr has an old town with lots of half-timbered buildings, cobbled streets, and another famous winery, Hugel et Fils. It has thatched roof houses, half-timbered houses and LOTS of roses everywhere. Eat L’Étape d’Angéline serves regional cuisine with a menu du terroir including snails, duck and veal for €21. En 1936, à l’occasion des premiers congés payés, Brignogan se vit adjoindre le substantif « Plages ». From the fortress, you can look down upon the Ardèche River and get panoramic views of the area. Branicki gave his name to one of the streets, whose houses are partly cut into the rock behind. In each region of France, there are a select number of villages that have been designated the MOST beautiful villages of France. Hopefully there will be a village or two near by to visit. The Knight Templars were imprisoned here in the 1300s. « Commune du patrimoine rural de Bretagne », Lanildut abrite l’un des rares ports en eau profonde de la côte finistérienne et le premier port goémonier d’Europe. À faire : La chapelle du Calvaire construite à la place du donjon de la cité, vous disposerez d’une vue remarquable sur la ville et la vallée du Jaudy. Here are the highlights of each “village de France” that I have visited in each region. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. Now I feel like a total failure! At the foot of the abbey is a maze of alleys with medieval and Renaissance buildings, leading to old shops with half-timbered facades and a covered market. Ces communes, autrefois capitales, ont souvent vu leurs fonctions urbaines se réduire après les révolutions administratives et industrielles françaises. As I drove north from seeing the caves at. Saint-Jean became a thriving commercial centre, a military stronghold and religious site. It was a bit busier than Autoire and there were a few restaurants open. They generate a small income to me if you choose to use them, at no cost to you. Les villes et villages bretons se regroupent dans 3 labels : une ville d'Art et d'Histoire, neuf Petites Cités de Caractère, douze Communes du Patrimoine Rural de Bretagne et deux Villes historiques. Bâti sur un promontoire dominant la vallée du Gueuzon, Rochefort-en-Terre, bourg typique de la Bretagne intérieure, occupe un site magnifique. Une envie de balade ? Rendez-vous en 2019 ! À ne pas rater : La descente urbaine en VTT tous les ans en mai. There are over 32,000 villages and in 1982 the French government created the list to promote the small and picturesque French villages of quality heritage. I would be thrilled to see any of these beautiful French villages. There is a procession on St Agnes’s day, 21 January, a lavender festival in July and an October mushroom festival.Eat Above the village, Restaurant Le Righi has great views and traditional cuisine, such as homemade vegetable tarts (two courses from €15).Stay Le Saint-Yves is a popular restaurant with doubles for €53 (breakfast €9), many with great views. I’ll try to visit it in my next trip! While Paris, Bordeaux, and Lyon are grand and have much to see, many visitors often overlook the small towns in France and these are definitely worth a detour. when you mention Roussillon. Lucky you! I came upon a closed art studio and Chateau d’Ansouis which has a collection of tapestries from the 17th and 18th century. Just keep checking those beautiful villages off the list on by one. Juchée sur un rocher, Moncontour fut l'une des villes bretonnes les plus prospères au XVème siècle avant le rattachement de la Bretagne à la France puis aux XVIIème et XVIIIème siècles grâce à l'industrie et au commerce de la toile de lin. There’s also a ruined castle and two medieval gateways. Santi/Shutterstock.com. A village of stationers, potters and drapers in the middle ages, it became famous in the 17th century after a monk from Faenza, near Bologna, introduced the secret of enamelling (tin-glazed earthenware). Sur ses plages de sable fin surgissent ici ou là quelques beaux menhirs et autres vestiges de la Préhistoire. Pérouges was built in the 12th century and has retained the medieval atmosphere (and towers) and it is known for its medieval festivals. Ancienne cité féodale au bord du Trieux, ville de marchands et d'artisans, elle prospère aux XIVème et XVème siècle. ... plus Italian Renaissance and Dutch paintings. Comment présenter ce territoire au caractère ( et à la météo ) bien trempé/e ? Auvillar is also known for pottery, and a collection of earthenware can be seen at the Musée de la Faïence off the square.Eat Cosy Le Petit Palais has outdoor tables and home-cooked food. Les 20 plus belles villes en bord de mer en France . À ne pas rater : Le festival des chanteurs de rue, sans sono ni bande son, en novembre. Pour prendre, vous aussi, un peu de hauteur, empruntez le chemin qui mène au Mont Gareau depuis lequel vous aurez une vue splendide sur la Rance et la baie du Mont-Saint-Michel. You can start by looking at the list of designated “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France”. Réputé pour sa dizaine de plages et son église historique, il abrite aussi des sentiers piétonniers très agréables en été. De Polanski à Jeunet, nombreux sont les réalisateurs à avoir choisi Locronan comme décor de cinéma, le considérant comme l'un des plus beaux villages de Bretagne. Well of all places to be near, Gordes is one of the best! If you do visit, try to go on a sunny, warm day. Ceinturée de remparts et de tours vestiges d'un château fort, la cité fut classée 4ème plus beau village français en 2017 ! On y voit d’ailleurs une végétation méditerranéenne et des camélias y fleurir jusqu’au cœur de l’hiver. The fortress walls still remain. Also nearby is an entire area of hills and valleys with ochre. The 11th century château is now a hotel. Champs Elyesee at Veules-les-Roses (J. Chung). There are walking trails in the gorges and around nearby Lac de Sainte-Croix.Eat Just outside Moustiers, Ferme Sainte-Cécile offers delicious Provençal dining (five courses €39) and great wine. Events include summer concerts and a medieval fair.Eat Dine on local produce (and buy it) at À l’heure de l’Apéro ( – the seafood platter is a speciality.Stay Le Pélican, an inn dating from the 16th century, has doubles from €80 B&B and a good restaurant. In the Eastern Pyrenees lies the medieval mountain village of Evol which is a commune of the village of Olette. Considérée comme la cité bretonne du livre, on y retrouve plus de 14 librairies toutes plus originales les unes que les autres. ” is the number published by the organization.] Après avoir explorer notre beau pays l'été dernier, on se prend à rêver d’un road trip aux quatre coins de la ... Aux portes de la Bretagne, sur les bords de la Vilaine, Rennes caracole depuis plusieurs années en tête des palmarès ... C'est la plus vaste des îles du Ponant (83 km²) et aussi l'une des plus hautes, s'élevant jusqu'à 71 m au-dessus ... Si la plupart sont désormais automatisés ou inactifs, les phares sont des monuments historiques dont la beauté ... Top des destinations européennes pour un week-end entre amis, Top 10 des idées séjours pour une escapade entre filles, Top 5 des destinations où dormir dans un hôtel de luxe pour pas cher, 10 traditions porte-bonheur dans le monde, 10 destinations européennes à visiter cet hiver, Les 5 meilleures destinations pour voyager en groupe en Europe, 10 destinations pour faire du shopping en Europe. C'est aussi un espace d’accueil et de renseignements sur la pêche dans le département. It has retained its medieval “look” even though there are numerous shops and restaurants. Ce village du Finistère est mieux connu sous le nom de Cité des peintres puisque c'est ici que naquit l'école de Pont-Aven, créée par Paul Gauguin. Auvillar was once an inland port, and the chapel dedicated to Saint Catherine, the patron saint of mariners, can be visited further up the riverbank (check out the frescoes). Thanks, Jan, for your posts! Mais le charme de la Bretagne se mesure aussi dans ses villages pittoresques où les traditions sont encore vives. It has retained its medieval “look” even though there are numerous shops and restaurants. The 17th-century forge, operational until 1993, is now a museum.Eat Les Jardins Gourmands has a riverside terrace, and a €25 four-course menu.Stay Family-owned Hôtel de France in the village centre has a decent restaurant and doubles for €50 (breakfast €6). I’ve never been to any of the designated villages. Il s’agit de l’un des plus beaux villages de Bretagne. The town became a favourite with artists early last century, thanks to US portraitist Alfred Klots, who bought the castle and started a tradition of floral window boxes that continues today. I think you’re off to a great start Jan! Le village de Moncontour (Côtes-d'Armor), ©ICP/age fotostock. À seulement 5 kilomètres de Saint-Malo, Saint-Suliac est classé parmi les plus beaux villages de Bretagne mais aussi de France. À ne pas rater : Ker Roc'h en fête, en septembre, mélange musique et théâtre de rue pour un week-end d'animations. The collection of the most beautiful villages in France – Les Plus Beaux Villages en France – today stands at 157, covering 14 regions and 70 departments in France. À ne pas rater : Le festival de la Saint-Loup en août, l'une des plus anciennes fête traditionnelle de Bretagne avec pas moins de 2 500 sonneurs, artistes et danseurs. After dinner, we went for a walk through the town that has the fortress, Château de Châteauneuf, which overlooks the Côte d’Or region. The ochre pigments in this area are orange and were used in the 18th and 19th century for textiles and paints. I am a Francophile as you are so I LOVE reading your posts……and every time my hubby and I travel to France we use the lists of these villages to plan our driving route from place to place. A riverside walk, Balcons de l’Indrois, provides wonderful views of the village, and its Jardinier Bridge was built by Gustav Eiffel’s workshop. The 16th-century Nôtre-Dame-des-Neiges church has a striking gilded altar. Pretty houses around the church and along the river have been preserved, as has a lovely 15th-century chapel. Ramparts, fortified gates and towers – which served as prisons, first for the Templars in the early 14th century, then for French and English soldiers during the hundred years war – still stand. Vous pouvez à tout moment utiliser le lien de désabonnement intégré dans la newsletter. Beautiful spot. For sure. I came upon Venasque during a drive between the Abbey de Senanque and Bonnieux. I had (and purchased) some lovely wines at Leon Beyer but what I most enjoyed was walking through the old town. What a sweet quest. Take a look at some of the small towns in France I’ve visited and I think you’ll agree, they deserve the recognition and they are worth visiting. On a hilltop in the Monts de Vaucluse, surrounded by holm oaks, wheat fields and vines, Gordes is a typical Provençal village near the Luberon massif, an hour from Avignon. I’ve been to a few of the most beautiful villages over the years. À ne pas rater : Le pardon de Saint-Yves, le saint patron des Bretons, est l'une des fêtes religieuses les plus importantes de Bretagne qui se déroule tous les ans le 19 mai. But it does provide excellent views of the countryside and at the top is Eglise Saint-Vincent-d’En-Haut. Ce joli village de granit accueille une ancienne prison seigneuriale qui fait l'objet de toutes les curiosités. On a cliff high above the Dordogne, Domme has exceptional views over the surrounding countryside. Who knows, but I’ll certainly have fun trying. Le villade de Bécherel (Ille-et-Vilaine), ©E. Yvoire is another medieval town (700 years old) located between Geneva and Evian. Les traces de cet âge d'or se retrouvent sur les façades des maisons à colombages et dans l'église Sainte-Catherine d'Alexandrie surplombées par la chapelle du calvaire. C'est la destination pour les amoureux de la nature dans les Côtes d'Armor ! À 25 km de Saint-Brieuc, dans les Côtes-d'Armor, Moncontour est entourée d'imposants remparts et construite sur un éperon rocheux : elle fut une place fortifiée du duché de Penthièvre. It is called, While Les Baux-de-Provence town is often considered overrun with tourists, particularly in the high season, it is worth walking through the cobblestone streets and also visiting the, I have a fondness for Gordes because it was the first town (outside of Paris) that I had ever stayed as a young person. En itinérance, pour des escapades gourmandes, pour assouvir ses talents créatifs ou pour une découverte active en pleine nature, Les Plus Beaux Villages de France se découvrent selon vos envies, vos passions, ou la saison ! Moustiers is a lively place, with regular markets and lots of places to eat. Les gourmands connaissent déjà ses galettes au beurre, pourtant Pont-Aven est bien plus qu'une étape gastronomique ! Les 20 plus belles villes en bord de mer en France . The Belvedere de la Barre is a great viewpoint, and Château de Monfort, La Roque-Gageac village and the Jardins de Marqueyssac are among attractions nearby. Première « cité du livre » en France, Bécherel ne manque ni de librairies, ni d’ateliers d’art du livre ! There is a hole cut in the floor of the living area and covered with Plexiglas where you can watch the water rush over the wheels of the mill. Also nearby is an entire area of hills and valleys with ochre. Après Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Eguisheim, Cordes-sur-Ciel, Ploumanac'h, Rochefort-en-Terre, Kayserberg et Cassel, c'était en 2019 au tour de Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue de récolter les honneurs du public de France Télévisions. Merveilles de la nature française . I read through the list and only one of these little villages sounded familiar to me. Baladez-vous entre les maisons à pans de bois et les hôtels particuliers en granit aux influences italiennes et anversoises sans oublier de visiter l'église Notre-Dame-Saint-Mathurin. Its narrow streets are lined with 16th-century half-timbered houses with carved window-frames and flower-decked balconies . In rolling countryside close to the Vercors massif, the abbey of Saint-Antoine watches over the village that bears its name. Aiguèze is very close to the Ardèche border and is considered to be the entrance to the Ardèche Gorges. I was especially impressed by the activities that were set up for children (and adults) to learn about the plants and nature. The village is pretty with its arcaded square and Les Jardins de Coursiana, a botanical garden open from April to October. There are exceptional views of the Dordogne Valley and the medieval town is surrounded by fortress walls making it a bastide or fortress. Exhibitions by artists who have lived here are held in the 16th-century castle. With mountains, rivers and gorges nearby, Estaing is a good base, and there are hiking trails from the village.Eat Brasserie du Château overlooks the river and serves good local fare (trout or steak, say), with three courses from €30.Stay Auberge Saint-Fleuret has a restaurant, pool, garden and 14 doubles from €112 (breakfast €9). Locronan (Finistère) Jadis prospère grâce à l’industrie de la toile à voile, Locronan l’est encore aujourd’hui grâce au tourisme. Although the industry disappeared in the 19th century, it has been revitalised, with more than a dozen studios today, and the Musée de la Faïence next to the town hall has more than 400 pieces. At the bottom of a gorge 20 miles north-west of Montpellier, tiny Saint-Guilhem clusters around its abbey, one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in the region. There are summer festivals and concerts, and mountain-biking and trails in Luberon national park.Eat L’Artégal is a family-run restaurant known for its Landaise salad with duck (set lunch €28).Stay In gardens two miles from the village, Hôtel Carcarille has a pool and doubles from €74 room-only. Some of the shop signs are the work of Jean-Jacques “Hansi” Waltz (1873–1951), an Alsatian illustrator and caricaturist, and there’s a museum of his art. Le village de Pont-Croix (Finistère), ©Ch. Where Are The “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France”, Every year, I try to visit more of the villages that are considered the, . There are great views across the Garonne from a grassy plateau where a castle once stood. Villefranche-de-Conflent (Department: Pyrénées-Orientales), This is another fortified town that switched hands between the French Spanish throughout its long history. À faire : L'abbaye de Saint-Magloire avec son jolie cloître et son jardin médiéval de plantes aromatiques et médicinales. Le label des plus beaux villages de France est là pour l’attester ainsi que le classement de la ville dans le réseau des petites cités de caractère. Passage obligé sur la Place du Centre et ses 5 siècles d'architecture entre demeures de pierre, la fontaine Renaissance "La Plomée" richement décorée et les maisons à pans de bois des XVème et XVIème siècle. Suivez le charmant chemin de halage de la Rance de ce village typiquement breton jusqu'à Dinan à quelques kilomètres. I must correct this situation and I better get started soon! Commune labellisée Les Plus Beaux Villages de France ® Juchée sur un rocher, Moncontour fut l'une des villes bretonnes les plus prospères au XV ème siècle avant le rattachement de la Bretagne à la France puis aux XVII ème et XVIII ème siècles grâce à l'industrie et au commerce de la toile de lin.

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