You’ve probably never heard of them and they are some of France’ best kept secrets….. We are happy to unveil our little favorite French villages where you’ll find beautiful scenery, architecture and picture perfect markets, shops and French life.
There are dozens of other sweet little gems like those waiting for you !
01 Bonifacio, Corsica
Discover Corsica’ most scenic town, perched high up on the white cliffs. While the island is traditionally more of a mountaineers culture, Bonifacio has a strong seaside, fishermen and coral hunters’ identity.
Stroll the narrow streets, contemplate the little churches or climb down the king’s stairs to the sea!
02 Moustiers Sainte Marie, Provence
Moustiers is a cute little town, nested around a mountain cascade and very famous for its fine earthenware. But above all, we love Moustiers because it has the perfect location between the stunning lavender fields and the Verdon region, where you can hike, enjoy water sports or simply drive along Europe’s biggest canyon!
03 Saint Cirq Lapopie, Southwest
Unknown to most visitors only five years ago, Saint Cirq Lapopie is gaining popularity. Still, it’s completely worth the detour to enjoy the authenticity of the village atmosphere, or taste the mouthwatering local delicacies at the market.
Saint Cirq Lapopie is the ideal first step of a journey in the Causses du Quercy Park, one of France most quiets and beautiful nature parks, hiding many past secrets and artworks for you to discover!
04 Eguisheim, Alsace
This town is so beautiful that it almost doesn’t feel real. The little colorful houses seem to come from another world and you’ll have exhilarating fun walking the two loops designed by the inhabitants. One inside the village to discover the shops, restaurants and architecture. And the other one outside and around the village to enjoy picture-perfect vistas in the vineyards.
05 Hautvillers, Champagne
Hautvillers does not only offer some of the best views over the Champagne wine region and the Epernay valley. It’s also the hometown of Dom Perignon: Hautvillers is like the birthplace of sparkling wine! Go check outthis cute and dormant town, with its little church and small restaurants where you’ll pair your meal with bubbles only!
06 Saint Remy de Provence, Provence
Saint Remy is the exact Provencal postcard you can imagine. Pedestrian streets to die for, abundant flowers, delicious food, quiet squares with grandpas and kids chatting and playing.
07 Saint Jean Pied de Port, Basque County
Saint Jean Pied de Port is a town for the epicureans! It will make happy all nature lovers, offering beautifully renovated boutique farms stays, and incredible hikes around in the Pyreneeans. And if you miss the stylish and hipster feeling of the city, you are one hour away from San Sebastian in Spain, hosting some of Europe’s best restaurants.
08 Cancale, Brittany
I say seafood you say Brittany! Cancale is a scenic port town famous for its oysters. The natural habitat in the coast of Brittany, especially Cancale, provides a perfect growing environment for oysters, and this is why the Louis XIV was getting his oysters on Versailles table directly sent from Cancale !
So, if you are a happy foodie, don’t hesitate! Less crowded than Saint Malo, Cancale will be your perfect base to Mont Saint Michel too!
09 Conques, Occitanie
The reason why Conques is on the list is simple: Everything here is the opposite from Paris! First of all, cars in the town are not allowed, so it is very quiet. Second, tourists generally leave in the afternoon, and after that the town is quiet. In addition, Conques is said to have inspired the village scenes of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. So, if you travel South, somewhere between Clermont Ferrand and Montpellier, Conques would be a perfect stop.
10 Aigue-Mortes, Occitanie
Aigues-Mortes, a city of “dead water”, was built on a swamp by the Crusaders. In the current city walls of the ancient frotress, there are restaurants, cafes and bars lined with cobbled streets, giving it a cheerful atmosphere. From the city walls, visitors can enjoy sweeping views of the surrounding landscape. The quiet rivers and grasslands meet the see. The most famous attractions other than the city of Aigues-Mortes is the pink saline near the city.