This issue of The Heritage Traveler is all about some of the most scenic villages in all of France. If you’ve ever wanted to visit the land of The Three Musketeers or the rural France of Beauty and the Beast, this issue’s for you.
Article by article, we jaunt through the beautiful French countryside, eating regional food and tasting wine on the Route des vins du Beaujolais. There’s much for all of your senses to enjoy.
Perouges is a medieval town about 22 miles northeast of Lyon. The town sits at the top of a hill overlooking the Rhone plain in France’s Rhone-Alpes. It’s so picturesque that many movies and television shows are filmed here.
Bagnols is known for its famous ‘golden stones’ as well as its dazzlingly elegant castle-hotel, one of the glories of the Beaujolais region. You’ll find it along the famous Route des Vins du Beaujolais – the “wine road.” While not officially a ‘most beautiful village’, Bagnols is definitely worth a visit.
Oingt is known for charming narrow streets that lead up a fairly steep hill to the town’s 14th century church and a tower built in 1193.
Les Baux de Provence has a spectacular position in the Alpilles Mountains, set atop a rocky outcrop crowned with a ruined castle overlooking the plains to the South.
The beautiful villages of France spotlight the nation’s rural heritage. Once hit by economic decline and rural depopulation, the four we will visit are now vibrant and alive, not museum pieces or theme parks. Click here to read the latest issue as a PDF.