The picturesque French villages atop the picturesque hills promises to be ideal destinations for tourists when the COVID-19 crisis ends.
The ancient streets with tiny, hundreds-year-old stone houses and enchanting ivy, colorful farmers’ markets as well as vibrant squares. Those are the things that make the these French villages so hard to resist.
You can find such villages scattered throughout France. But don’t rush to the famous villages like Mont-St-Michel, Èze, or Mougins. Enjoy the charm of the French villages on the hilltop below. They may not be as well known, but you definitely won’t regret deciding to come there.
6 beautiful villages on top of fairy-like hills in France
Nicknamed “Mont-St-Michel of the Pyrenees”, this mountain village of Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges also features a medieval church. The village dates back to 72 BC and was later chosen by the Romans as an outpost.
At its peak, the village had 30,000 inhabitants, triple the amount of Paris in Rome. After being looted in the 400s, this hilltop French village was reborn in the Middle Ages, due to its prime location on the Way of St. Pilgrimage. James.
Today, visitors can “taste” its golden age by visiting an ancient Roman church and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Simiane la Rotonde
Simiane la Rotonde is located on the legendary hilltop, where you can admire the legendary lavender fields of Provence. In addition to the striking purple background, this lovely village is also worth the effort you spend on your trip to France. Beginning with the Château des Simiane-Agoult, a rare rotunda castle dating back to the 12th century. After turning your head to look at the 5m-high dome, take a walk around the village to see the ramparts, the ancient church, the art gallery arts and craft shops.
With the name roughly translated as “high rocky peaks in the sky”, this medieval French village is well-preserved in the Languedoc region. The name is given because it is haughty in the middle of the sky, slips through the clouds and looks down on the garden valley of Eden.
Voted a favorite French village in 2014, Cordes-sur-Ciel was founded in 1222 by the Earl of Toulouse to receive displaced people because of the Albigensian Crusade, a grim operation. 20-year-long blood led by Pope Innocent III to chase “heretics”.
Today, the village entertains visitors with grapes-filled houses, craft shops, splendid stone terraces, clouds roaming the golden meadows and dense forests.
Most visitors to Côte d’Azur come to Èze, a beautiful and bustling French hilltop village. But close to a jagged mountain in the Alps, Peillon is little known but has the most spectacular scenery among the villages in France. A path through the sloping roads will take you through winding paths such as arcs, zigzag stairs, ruined church towers and a panoramic view of the alpine landscape.
Hugging a rocky island, this medieval village overlooks the famous Dordogne Valley of France. The writer Savinien d’Alquié described it as “one of the most beautiful places in the kingdom” in the book ‘Les Délices de la France’, a guide to the most lovely tourist destinations France published. 1672. You will not be able to take your eyes off the breathtaking scenery, explore the 14th-century castle, Gothic-style Saint-Jean-Baptiste church and the inviting streets with sweet houses covered with flowers and vines.
The Loire Valley is interwoven with dozens of villages. But few people know a majestic place like Loches. The elegant village slowly crept up the slope of a rocky peak, whose peak was a fairy castle. With its spiers, turrets and fortified structures, Cité Royale de Loches was one of the main residence of the French kings from the middle of the 13th century to the beginning of the 15th century, until the other castles robbed its reputation. An outstandingly elegant gothic architecture castle will be an unforgettable spot for those who travel to France.