Traveling across France, a country of contrast and diversity from Provence to Brittany or from Normandy to Aquitaine, tourists have opportunities to explore French villages, some are well-known but some less, which reign an atmosphere of peace and still maintain the old architecture with cobbled streets, quaint corners, stone-made castles and unique churches.
Here are nine of France’s most beautiful villages that offer visitors monumental and architectural germs, medieval houses, picturesque landscapes, majestic chateaux, and etc. These villages are considered as the best based on quality of their specific architecture, environment and patrimony.
The fortified castle at Belcastel, a commune in the Aveyron department of southern France, is located above tiers of stone-roofed houses
Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is among the prettiest towns and most attractive tourist destinations in France. Perched on a steep cliff 100m above the river, the village mostly looks a museum with beautifully natural landscapes
The medieval fortified town of Castelnau nestles in the foothills of the French Pyrenees
Conques in the Midi-Pyrenees region hosts an exceptional wealth of medieval architecture including the Romanesque abbey church of Sainte-Foy
The castle of La Couvertoirade was built by the Knights Templar in the twelfth century
Lautrec village, a commune in the Tarn department of southern France, is home to a great 17th-century windmill and carpets of colorful flowers. It is also listed as one of the most beautiful towns in France and a remarkable site for taste
The peaceful village of Monesties, which is nestled in a loop of the river Cero, is a stopping place for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela
Puycelsi, situated on a rocky plateau, is protected by some 800 meters of ramparts, offering wonderful views over the surrounding scenery
Overlooking the river Lot, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie boasts beautiful medieval architecture including an impressive fortified church