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Most Beautiful Region of France?

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Loubressac – Wikipedia Commons License

There are lots of contenders for this title – you will probably get a diverse opinions for sure!

If you love rural France, then perhaps you can judge by the number of most beautiful villages in France (Les plus beaux villages de France) per region. The winner on that count is the Midi-Pyrenees.  There are over 30 villages in the Midi-Pyrenees with that accreditation.

Here are some of the villages featured:

1) Loubressac

Perched on a promontory that offers a wonderful panoramic view of the Dordogne valley and the surrounding castles, Loubressac invites visitors to discover its charming medieval houses built of ochre stone and capped with pointed roofs. The church of Saint Jean Baptiste and the château, a manor dating back to the 15C and 18C, are worth the short climb it takes to reach them.

2) Belcastel

In this former stopping place on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, by the banks of the Aveyron, stone-built houses and roofs tiled with “lauzes” stone slabs rise in tiers at the foot of the fortified castle that was remarkably well restored in the late 1970s by architect Fernand Pouillon.

3) Najac

Najac is built along a rocky ridge, overlooked by a fortress that was once the envy of Kings of France and England. Its “lauze” stone-slab-roofed houses stretch out above the wild gorges of the Aveyron. Take the rampart walk and you will get an amazing view of the wild open spaces around you.

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