Some you will find them growing helically on steep rocky areas and others extending on beautiful vineyards and lavender meadows. So if you are dreaming of a romantic getaway in the countryside, read our suggestions and pack your bags for the French countryside! But everything promises to take you to France of another era.
Eguisheim, Haut Rhin
Hills covered with vines surround this picturesque village of Alsace. Its narrow streets, which spread in concentric circles, are full of colourful houses while blooming climbing plants surround the medieval castle in the centre of the village. The pointed roofs of the houses and the beautiful historical fountains enhance the fairytale atmosphere.
Beynac et Cazenac, Dordogne
Built on the cliffs along the Dordogne River, Beynac et Cazenac is a cluster of stone houses and picturesque alleys waiting to be discovered. The 12th-century Chateau de Beynac, at the top of the village, is one of the most well-preserved medieval castles in France and offers incredible views of the surrounding valley.
Kerhinet, Loire Atlantique
This small village in the Loire Valley consists of 18 cottages with thatched roofs. In fact, after being remodelled from the local natural park of Briere, it has evolved into an open-air museum, where you can admire the architecture of the area, learn about the rich flora and fauna of the park and buy local handmade products such as cider, honey, pate and jewellery.
Yvoire, Haute Savoie
It has been recognized as one of the most beautiful French villages and attracts thousands of tourists every summer who want to tour its idyllic flower streets and admire the famous Garden of Five Senses. Its historic centre is full of medieval treasures, while its winding cobbled streets lead to the serene shores of Lake Geneva, home to small fishing boats.
Moustiers Sainte Marie, Alpes de Haute Provence
Between two rocky slopes in the heart of Verdon’s local nature park, you will find the Moustiers Sainte-Marie. Take a walk on its cobbled streets, among its traditional houses with their red tile roofs, go through the pottery workshops, admire its medieval churches and sit in its gourmet shops. If you still want to explore the surrounding areas, we definitely recommend the Grand Canyon of Europe and the lavender meadows of Valensole.
The village stands proudly on top of a mountain 230 meters above the sea and is probably the most famous of Luberon. As with most villages in Provence, Menerbes the best way to get to know it is to explore its alleys and enjoy its elegant architecture and rich views. The British author Peter Mayle, who wrote A Year in Provence while living here, also contributed to this.
Plagne Soleil, Plagne Villages
At 2050 meters altitude, the two smallest villages of La Plagne have an incredible view of the Mont Blanc valley. The quiet seclusion of these villages offers a beautiful experience to their visitors, who will have the opportunity to enjoy countless hours of practice on the snow. The modern facilities of their ski resorts offer everything to travellers, with easy and direct access everywhere. Suppose you are looking for your next winter vacation on one of the beautiful slopes of the French Alps and, more specifically, in the Plagne Soleil villages. In that case, you can only trust the company Erna Low for complete packages of extended stays in the place.