We know all the tourist spots in the south of France, the Croisettes, the Promenade des Anglais, the creeks of Cassis, but are you going further? But do you know the small villages which are located a little further inland? Here are the 10 must-see villages in the South of France that you absolutely must visit.
Cordes-sur-Ciel in the Tarn
An incredible medieval village, culminating at the top of a hill, this village is in a way the guardian of the valley. The village lives up to its name and with each break of the day, as the mist begins to dissipate, there is a feeling of floating around it. When we enter this village, we walk through centuries, alleys made of cobblestones, craftsmen in every street corner. A beloved and lively village.
Rocamadour in the Lot
A village with fairy-tale areas. A village that deserves to be visited, and yes to see and be able to enter this village you must first climb a steep climb. Entering the village you will walk along the side of the mountain and you will be able to see the splendor that surrounds Rocamadour. Drop your car at the foot of the mountain and put on some good sneakers to explore this village, you might come across knights from another time.
Gordes in the Vaucluse
Here is another village which seems to be the guardian of its region, Gordes is also located at the top of a hill. A village full of history that is not chivalrous but has as much merit. At the time of the Second World War, it was a dregs of the resistance. In addition to its history, it is located in the heart of the Lubéron natural park. Between history and green nature, a village that should not be missed.
Saint-Véran in the Hautes-Alpes
Let’s go to a field that meets snow in each winter season. Saint-Véran is located at an altitude of 2042 meters, in the Queyras regional park, it is considered one of the highest villages in Europe. In the past copper was extracted from it, each village has its own history.
Estaing in the Aveyron
In this village, it is the architecture that tells the story. An incredible 15th century castle, a charming church and a bridge that has also spanned the centuries. The majority of the monuments present in this village are classified in the heritage of the Historical Monuments.
Lourmarin in the Vaucluse
Vaucluse is known for its many charming villages, here is a new one. It is in the vineyards and olive trees that you will have to get lost to visit this village. A very quiet village, which welcomes many visitors every year, especially people looking for tranquility.
Saint-Martin-d’Oydes in Ariège
Little known, but just waiting to be discovered. A circular village, clearly visible if you gain height, or simply when you walk through the alleys. Peace will reign, but you shouldn’t expect to go shopping, because in Saint-Martin-d’Oydes, there isn’t a fly that flies.
Labastide-d’Armagnac in the Landes
Labastide was not long ago attached to the Gers, but today it is the Landais who are proud of it. It is around the square and a castle that the village is built like a checkerboard. This village has beautiful surprises in store and is waiting for you to show them to you.
Minerve in the Hérault
A village that one might think, carved out of the rock. It is worth the detour with its houses made of stone typical of the South of France. There is a lot more to see than its famous bridge. This village is not far from Bézier, so do not hesitate to go for a little tour.
Les Baux-de-Provence in the Bouches-du-Rhône
It is not far from 1 million tourists that this village has the honor of welcoming each year. It is not surprising seeing the scenery of this village. Between white rock of the Alpilles massif and expanse of greenery. There is nothing to be bored of in this village with its many monuments that are worth seeing, such as its castle.
There are a few trails you have to walk to land in these villages and they are worth it. France is rich in heritage and mostly thanks to these many villages little known to tourists but also to the French themselves.