The Pearls of France

01/11/2020

France, a wonderful country, has been the most visited country by Belgians for decades. How could it be otherwise with its cities (re) known worldwide as Paris, with places such as the Côte d'Azur but also with its villages and towns with ancient architecture and magnificent nature.

Moustiers Sainte Marie

Moustiers has a thousand-year-old history. Indeed, it was already inhabited in prehistoric times. The village has a unique location to discover all of Provence. You will find right next to the lake sainte croix and the gorges du verdon. Each week is held on the village square the market.

Sainte Agnes

You have to go to Sainte Agnès, the highest village on the coast. This absolutely village was built on a 666m high limestone rock. From the top, you therefore have a magnificent view of the surroundings. This village dates from the Middle Ages and you can still see the ruins of the 12th century castle at the top of the rock. The colorful town of menton is not far for a day trip.

Albi

If you find yourself in the south of France, you simply cannot miss a visit to this small town. You will be surprised by its historical richness. One of its characteristics is the red color of its bricks, which is accentuated at sunset. It is for this reason that she was nicknamed albi the red. Albi is located along the tarn, spanned by 3 bridges made of bricks, the oldest of which is the old bridge (1305). From these bridges you will have a beautiful view of the city, and you will not be able to miss the Saint Cecilia Cathedral. Also take the time to stroll through the pleasant alleys where you will find charming galleries, shops, restaurants ...

Carcassonne

The medieval city of Carcassonne is world famous and is registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List. A city tour takes you back in time. The real attraction is the city, the citadel which is almost completely preserved as in the days of the Cathars. In the center of Carcassonne you will find another 52 towers and two surrounding walls with a total length of 3 kilometers.

Annecy

The charming little town of Annecy is located in Haute Savoie, by the eponymous lake. The town dates back to the Middle Ages, which can be seen walking through the small streets lined with shops and pleasant terraces. The houses, painted in cheerful tones, make the city even more beautiful. The Palace of the Island, a 12th century prison, sits on the water and is one of the most photographed monuments in France. Another building to visit, just outside of town is the Chateau d'Annecy. Also to be discovered: cathedrals, churches, bridges and museums.

Colmar

Colmar is better known as the capital of Alsace wines. The city is overflowing with riches and is also the hometown of people known as Bartholomew, the sculptor of the Statue of Liberty. The Unterlinden Museum is famous because of the Issenheim altarpiece. Some beautiful buildings to discover in Colmar such as the Maison Pfister, the Collegial Saint Martin and the Koïfhus.

Riquewihr

To the north east of Colmar is the picturesque village of Riquewihr. It is one of the typical Alsatian wine villages. The perimeter walls and the dolder gate are still visible. You will also find the museum of uncle hansi, a well-known Alsatian painter.

Beynac et cazenac

This medieval village in the Dordogne has only 550 inhabitants and has a total area of 12.74km²! This village is on the list of "most beautiful villages in France" which is easily understandable! The picturesque high-rise castle dominates the town near the water. The flowery houses give the village an impression of a fairy tale. He was already used to the Bronze Age and therefore has a millennial history.

Aigueze

In Provence, at the top of an ardèche cliff is the wonderful village of Aiguèze. With only 223 inhabitants, it has an area of 19.5m². There are the remains of a fortified castle, typical alleys leading you to a beautiful central square and a Renaissance-style church. The village is surrounded by beautiful nature.

Olargues

Olargues is a historic village, located along the river Jaur, spanned by the curiosity of the city: the old bridge. This bridge is also called the "devil's bridge". It dates from the 11th century and measures 32.60m. The village is located on a hill and is surrounded on 3 sides by the jaur. It is only by the bridge that one can reach it. A rural landscape, composed of holm oaks, arbutus, thyme, chestnut trees, heather ...

La Roque Gageac

Covering an area of only 7.2km², located on the banks of the Dordogne, la roque is located near the village of Domme and Beynac-et-Cazenac, both of which must be visited. The houses are built at the foot of a high cliff. The small picturesque streets give the impression of walking in a painting. There is also a fort dating from the 12th century and the Tarde manor house.