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10 Quaint Picturesque Villages in France

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Taking a scenic road trip through the beautiful towns and villages of France is truly a once in a lifetime experience. Not only that, but it could take a lifetime to fully explore the splendor this country has to offer. Here is a collection of some gorgeous towns that are definitely worth adding to your travel bucket list.


Eguisheim

The award-winning sublime commune of Eguisheim is renowned for its many breathtaking vistas. Famously dubbed as “France's Favorite Village”, the commune boasts a bevy of picture-perfect sights, structures and more. Adding to its old-school charm is the ensemble of striking architectural marvels that adorn the streets of this commune. Looking straight out of a fairytale is the ethereal Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, while the modest façade of the Église Saints-Pierre-et-Paul d'Eguisheim packs unmatched heritage within. In addition to the breathtaking beauty of the environs, Eguisheim gained fame as the place of origin of the popular Alsatian wine. Developed to its current glory by the Duke of Alsace, Eguisheim is a must-visit destination.

Eguisheim, France
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Beynac-et-Cazenac

Nestled along the Dordogne River, Beynac-et-Cazenac is surreal to look at, with its flower decked houses, narrow, scenic roads and of course, the majestic Château de Beynac looming in the distance. The Château is the prime attraction of this place, perched atop limestone hills and beckoning with its medieval grandeur. Overall, the town exudes serenity and aesthetic beauty.

Beynac-et-Cazenac, France
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La Roque-Gageac

This village, flanked by river Dordogne on one end and sheer, verdant cliffs on the other, is a spellbinding at first glance. The typical architecture of the region, featured in the artisan and bourgeois houses, the La Roque-Gageac's majestic church with notable bell tower, the natural environs and the famous farmer's market held in the village center all enchant and enthrall the visitors.

La Roque-Gageac, France
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Ménerbes

A part of the Luberon Regional Natural Park, Ménerbes is a small village surrounded by a picturesque landscape characterized by lush greenery. Gifted with a diverse heritage, the village attracts tourists thanks to its historic structures such as Château de Ménerbes, a massive, medieval stone landmark, the citadel, which is known for wine growing, and an engaging, local arts and crafts scene.

Ménerbes, France
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Coaraze

This stunning commune is bestowed with breathtaking natural vistas and spans centuries' worth of history. Its rustic sprawl is stippled with noteworthy structures that serve as windows into the past, exemplifying Coaraze's longstanding history and heritage. Cobblestone streets wind through the expanse of this gorgeous, idyllic haven perched atop a hill, and visitors can explore historic landmarks such as the Chapelle Saint-Sébastien and Church of St. John the Baptist among others.

Coaraze, France
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Saignon

A cluster of time-honored structures dominates the landscape of this idyllic town perched atop a promontory. Saignon is imbued with an old-world charm which harks back to its historic past, beckoning visitors over to explore its delightful surrounds. Located in close proximity to the town of Apt, this lovely commune makes for an invigorating day trip. Prominent landmarks stippling its rustic sprawl include Notre-Dame de Pitié and Abbaye Saint-Eusèbe.

Saignon, France
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Gordes

Perched atop a mountain, the quaint village of Gordes is enveloped with fortifications. This unique location has resulted in an almost magical landscape, replete with picturesque abodes and winding roads that cut through the rocks of the mountain. Adding to the fantastical environs here are stunning attractions such as Abbey of Senanque, Château de Gordes and Le Village de Bories. If the history buff inside you aches for more enriching spots, do head to Moulins de Bouillons Museum and the Glass and Stained-Glass Museum. Explore the historic treasures of Gordes, today.

Gordes, France
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Locronan

Touted to be one of the most beautiful villages in the country, Locronan dazzles with its age-old landmarks and spellbinding surrounds. Time-honored streets are flanked by noteworthy structures which accentuate the old-world charm of this picturesque commune. Locronan's artistic and cultural heritage is exemplified by attractions such as the Charles Daniélou Municipal Art Museum and the splendid Saint Ronan Church which beckon visitors over to delve deeper into the history of this lovely village.

Locronan, France
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Collonges-la-Rouge

As the name itself might be a dead giveaway, Collonges-la-Rouge is a small village with a very unique feature- every building here is made from red sandstone, the color created by iron oxide deposits. The medieval towers, houses and church buildings mesmerize with their uniform hues, which is an amazing contrast with the surrounding verdant hills and blue skies. Tourist value aside, it is also an important stop during the famous pilgrimage of Santiago de Compostela, adding further cultural importance to its name.

Collonges-la-Rouge, France
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Saint-Cirq-Lapopie

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie's geography is very unique, making it a popular tourist destination for its vantage point alone. The village is situated almost 100 meters (328 feet) above the Lot river, almost hugging the cliff surface, its streets gradually descending down the slope, creating unique vantage points throughout the village. Historic grey stone houses and villas dot the landscape, as they line up the winding roads, a rich legacy which has been maintained excellently for centuries. Also a favorite among French painters and artists, it fast becomes clear why this particular place inspired them.

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, France
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