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Posts Tagged ‘Plus Beaux Villages’

France’s ‘Plus Beaux Villages’ sites are where the country’s heritage has been best preserved. These villages are havens of culture and possess architectural treasures to rouse the senses. They are truly bastions of the French art de vivre (art of life).

Tradition in these villages is not merely alive but thriving. A tour of the countryside reveals villages spread out like a fan, built against a cliff or encased in a small valley. Others are nestled in the loop of a river, at the foot of grand châteaux or at the bottom of natural gorges. Off the beaten track, safeguarded from urban development and communication highways, 148 small communes across the country, keen to preserve and promote their individual character, have been granted the “most beautiful villages in France” label.

In total, eighteen of these plus beaux villages including; Collonges-la-Rouge, Turenne, Curemonte & Domme in the Corrèze (not on detailed on the map below) are within an hour drive or less of our accommodation offerings in the Dordogne River Valley. That’s better than 10% of the entire list!

The Plus Beaux Villages de France association was founded in 1982 with the aim of conserving and promoting the heritage of “the most beautiful villages in France”. To qualify, villages must meet a number of demanding preconditions, set by the association to ensure the label is awarded on the basis of a rigorous selection process. Three basic conditions must be met by these beautiful Medieval Villages:  less than 2,000 inhabitants, two registered or listed sites, and the village must also pursue a policy to preserve its natural heritage reflected in its’ area development plan.

Plan to visit in 2013? Please check out the delightful accommodations at ‘Le Sud’!

Bon Voyage et à bientôt! Jack
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March 23, 2013 - Posted by Jack Tobin