Paris, Nice, Marseille, Lyon, … we’ve all heard of these French jewels that millions of tourists visit every year. But what about the less well-known parts of France? If you want to explore and enjoy one of the most beautiful and most interesting countries and cultures in the world, and yet avoid the crowds of big cities, check out our list of towns that you can not miss while traveling this country!
Ars-en-Ré is a village on the island of Ile-de-Ré, situated in west of the French coast, in a region that many consider as one of the most beautiful in France. The town is known for its streets lined with white wood and surrounding lounges that have been used for 800 years. Numerous houses painted in white, attractive main square around which the whole village is located, and a charming church with its bell tower, are a real pleasure to explore. During the summer, the bell tower is open for visitors, so you can see the carpentry and enjoy the beautiful view of the entire city stretching to the sea. Also, in this place you can see saltwater and oysters’ apartments or even visit the open-air oyster farm, Huitrière de Ré. Additionally, you can see three traditional windmills, Moulins de la Boire, also very close to Ars-en-Ré.
This small town, located in the southeastern part of France, is located on top of the Lake Annecy and overlooks the snow-covered mountains. Many people consider Annecy the second best city to live and you have to visit it for several reasons. First, every year, the first Saturday in August, this city takes place in one of the most spectacular fireworks in Europe since ancient 1860s Venetian celebrations in honor of Napoleon III. While you are here, definitely try one of the best rolls, Mr. Smith (keep green apple) and spend at least one day wandering through these stunning canyons of Annecy (now you can see where the name “Alpin Venice” is). We promise you that you will fall in love with all those colorful pastel-colored houses with lots of flowers.
At 36 km northeast of Lyons, on the top of the hill overlooking the Rhône plain, you will find the former weaving village Perouges. Its mediaeval history is reflected in its walls, small houses dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries, narrow stone streets and churches, at the same time the fortress. Perouges is a beautiful, charming Gothic treasure and not just one of the most beautiful, but most preserved villages in France. Thanks to his uniqueness, he has recorded several films such as ” Three Musketeers ” and ” Monsieur Vincent ”. The beautiful square in the heart of the village, Place du Tilleul, is worth a visit, especially the 13th century taverns, the Freedom Tree, built in 1792, and many other places.
This beautiful town is located in Finestère, just 5 kilometers from the sea, and has earned the title of a “small town with character” and “the most beautiful French village”. This is more than enough reason to visit and admire the architecture of the city; from the church of St. Ronan, beautiful Renaissance houses of blue granite to the chapel of the “Good News Lady” and the Fountain of St. Eutropius. Locronan was a weaving town in the 15th century thanks to the development of sailing production. The City Museum of History and Art is very popular among visitors to this place, where you can see a large collection of Breton paintings from the 20th century. The nearby forest Névet is popular for outdoor activities with family and friends.
Yeah, that’s ‘that’ Roquefort, a home of a globally adored cheese. This village is located in the Causses and Cevennes regions under the protection of UNESCO, and thanks to the AOA (status of authority), it is also the only place where the original Roquefort cheese is produced. The way it works is quite unique; The cheese is obtained from sheep’s milk, and then it reaches into the depths of the Combalou cave where the temperature is constant from 8 ° to 10 ° C. This little place of 700 inhabitants is also an industrial site. Namely, almost everyone is involved in the processing of this famous cheese. Archaeological finds indicate that this tradition of making cheese dates back to the early 2000s. According to one Roman scientist, this place was known already around 76 years after the new era, and caves have been used since the 900’s.