France

France is the real tourism superpower, and its charms extend well beyond Paris. There are hundreds of towns, large and small, worth visiting because of their historical heritage, cultural milieu, nearby natural wonders and omnipresent culinary delight. Castles, vineyards, beaches, industries, mountain paths, bicycle routes - all these (and many, many more) can be easily found, for any taste and for any discovering pace. France is well connected to the world by planes, trains and highways, thus being an excellent choice for both dedicated voyage as well as a part of longer itineraries through Europe.

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Ainhoa

Ainhoa

This old basque village was for centuries between the fires of British, Spanish, Navarran and French forces and bears influences from all of them.


 

Aloxe-Corton

Aloxe-Corton

According to the legend, vineyards in the village descend from 70 acres of vines planted on the land granted in 775 by Emperor Charlemagne himself.


 

Belvès

Belvès

Recognized as one of the most beautiful villages in France, this medieval jewel sports a castle of 16th century and even older troglodyte dwellings.


 

Blesle

Blesle

Built around monastery that dates from 11th century, but situated on place of neolitic site of Chadecol, which was established about 4000 years ago!


 

Camembert

Camembert

This small and very old village in Normandy gave its name to the worldwide cheese legend. Enjoy the scenery and taste and buy real Camembert here!


 

Camon

Camon

This village was born around Benedictine monastery built by an order of Charlemagne himself. Fortified nature of the abbey lead to nickname Camon as "small Carcassonne".


 

La Bastide-Clairence

La Bastide-Clairence

Founded by rulers of Navarra in late 13th century as a fortified town, it was a melting pot of nationalities and home for refugees from Spain, including Sephardi Jews.


 

Lampaul

Lampaul

Lampaul is the main village on Ouessant, the westernmost of the Ponant Islands, whose bare landscapes and jagged coastline offer an irresistible attraction.


 

Lavaudieu

Lavaudieu

Famous for its old abbey (11th century), the only one in Auverne with Romanic Cloister and Byzantine frescos, original of which is exposed in Louvre .


 

Montpeyroux

Montpeyroux

Classified as one of most beautiful villages in France, it has narrow streets going up to dungeons on the top of the hill. Houses are made of stone that gives name to the village.


 

Pradelles

Pradelles

Famous pilgrimage site since Middle Ages because of the statue of Virgin Mary, Pradelles is also recognized as one of The Most Beautiful Villages of France.


 

Riquewihr

Riquewihr

Popular for its historical architecture, the village is also known for the great wines produced here. Riquewihr looks today more or less as it did in the 16th century.


 

Saint-Floret

Saint-Floret

This mountainous village in Auvergne is famous for its 13th-century castle and round rooftiles of its houses. Classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France.


 

Saint-Jean-de-Côle

Saint-Jean-de-Côle

This charming medieval village in Aquitaine is packed with historical buildings, and every May it is taken over by flowers that give it a special colorful look.


 

Saint-Saturnin

Saint-Saturnin

Old-time residence of Counts of Auvergne, the family that gave the world Catherine de' Medici. Spectacular views from walls of 13th century fortress. French style gardens.


 

Salers

Salers

It is famous for the Appellation d'Origine contrôlée (AOC) cheeses Cantal and Salers. It is also famous for the Salers breed of cattle that originated in this commune.


 

Usson

Usson

Sports remains of a fortress used as residence by Queen Margot and demolished by Cardinal de Richelieu and exceptional panoramic views.