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France is home to some of the most beautiful villages in the world

These are not hot spots in tourist destinations for the rich and famous, but rather those villages with a certain ” Je ne sais pas…” charm…

Most beautiful villages in France Hidden Gems to visit

The Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (meaning “the most beautiful villages in France”) is an independent association created to promote the tourist appeal of small rural villages with a rich cultural heritage. 

In my opinion, there are a few other villages which also deserve to be named as one of the “most beautiful villages in France”.  Here is a list of the villages we think deserves a top spot on any tourist list.  The photos will do the talking:

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People often ask, what is:

  • The most beautiful small town in France?
  • Prettiest small town to live in France?
  • Most beautiful French Countryside?
  • The prettiest small village in France?
  • Are there any pretty hidden gem destinations in France?

Our answer?  There are thousands.  Too many to mention in one article, but we can give you a few fabulous ideas for your next trip to France.

As mentioned above, this article is not about those French Riviera destinations, it’s about those small hidden gem villages, that you might have only seen in photos before.  We can recommend that you visit each of these places as they all have their own charm and they are definitely worth visiting.


Domme, Dordogne Valley

Domme is situated on a hilltop and offers the most beautiful views of the Dordogne Valley. In my opinion, the Dordogne Valley is one of the most beautiful places in Europe.  Therefore, with the Dordogne River meandering through the valley, you will definitely grab your camera to capture the panoramic views.  This bastide (a fortified medieval town) will offer you a lot if you love history.  Below the village square, there are caves called the Grotte de Domme, which were used as shelter during the war.  You can explore these caves filled with stalactites and stalagmites.

Domme in France
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Domme Market Hall
Montrésor, Loire Valley

Picture a French Chateau in a very lush green village and you basically have an idea of what this little village is made of. Overlooked by the Montresor Chateau, and sitting quietly on the banks of the Indrois River, this beautiful village has traditional cobblestone streets and beautiful homes.  The Loire Valley is definitely worth a visit and then you have to stop at Montresor to explore the cobblestone streets.

chateau de montresor