Monday, March 10, 2014

Most Enchanting Town in France!!

France's Most Enchanting Villages

From the artistic legacy of Paris and the glitz and glamour of the Riviera to the famous cuisine of Provence, France has long held the title as the world’s most visited country. But, this year why not ditch the tourist trail in Paris and Marseilles and hit the countryside to experience the wealth of gorgeous historical villages France has to offer?

Beynac-et-Cazenac - has been inhabited since the Bronze Age band now popular with those looking to get lost in its medieval atmosphere. Explore the quaint shops and gardens along the winding streets and then walk along the Dordogne to enjoy the dramatic views of this city on the cliffs.


Annecy - In the Upper Savoy region of eastern France, is the largest and most popular town Annecy. Highlights of this romantic town include the popular terraces that line the canals (Annecy is also known as "Little Venice") and the famous Palais de l'Isle, a picturesque 12th century castle built right in the middle of one of the canals.

Colmar - Like Annecy, the colorful town of Colmar is another of France's "Little Venices,". Brightly-colored homes, cute storefronts, and cheerful flower-lined canals give the town a fairytale atmosphere. After exploring the charming streets, take a canoe trip through the canals or just people-watch with a crisp Alsatian Riesling at one of the waterside cafes.

Eguisheim - A colorful town on the Alsatian Wine Route. A town noteworthy for the unusual circle layout of its streets. Highlights are the many cellars and wine bars and its delightful fairytale feel.

Étretat - One of the most popular tourist stops in Upper Normandy, Étretat is a charming town of B&B's and markets, but its most famous attractions are the dramatic cliffs and their three signature natural arches. Wake early and hike to the scenic church of Notre Dame de la Garde to enjoy a stunning sunrise over the cliffs.

Gordes - is the most magical charming town in Provence. It is a small village that has been inhabited since Roman times. Here, the Mediterranean climate and relaxed pace are key, letting travelers explore the winding streets at their leisure before watching a spectacular sunset over the fields of lavender.

Riquewihr - Cobblestone streets and colorful wooden houses have remained essentially unchanged since the 16th century. The highlight is the Alsatian wine, which travelers can sample in one of Riquewihr's many wine cellars or at the wineries in the surrounding countryside.

Rochefort-en-Terre – Step into medieval-era mansions and quaint squares, and back to the Middle Ages. Famous for its unique steeples and the red geraniums scenting the streets, this small village in Brittany is perfect for those looking for a whimsical weekend of farmers markets, antique stores, crepes and history.

Villages of note: Rocamadour (Pyrenees) and Beynac et Cazenac, Aquitane.

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