I'm used to busy cities like Paris and Marseille. Do you want to get acquainted with unique style of small French villages and towns? Some of them are hidden in high mountains and valleys, some are hidden in dense forests, and some are located along bay.
You may not have heard names of these small towns, but they will definitely make you linger! Today I will introduce you to 5 beautiful French cities, together I will open a path niche and let myself fly in a quiet town.Pont-Aven (Avang bridge village)
Location: Finistère, Brittany
Alternate: Finistère, Brittany
Dark blue roofs and shutters, bright white walls, golden gray granite, colorful windows, color-changing sea and sky... The rivers, houses, and surrounding hills all add up to Awangqiao Village.
The rich colors of Wangqiao Village are touching, and more and more art galleries are opening here. As more and more artists settled their workshops here, Awangqiao Village gradually established its status as an art center and restored its ancient artistic traditions.
Gauguin wrote: “I love Brittany, and here I found rude savagery. As my wooden boot thumped against granite floor, I heard her deep and powerful voice, sound I was looking for in painting.< /p>
Tremalo ChapelChablis (Chablis)
Location: North Burgundy
Place: au nord de la Bourgogne
The small town of Chablis is located in northern part of Burgundy region, surrounded by many vineyards. The city has ancient wine plantations and is famous for its dry Burgundy wine made from Chardonnay grapes. Along banks of Selan River, where city is located, there are beautiful and ancient historical monuments.
Valleys, sometimes covered in lush foliage and sometimes covered in vineyards, make up gentle landscape of Chablis, providing perfect setting for strolling through countryside.
Today, term "chablis" is used to refer to all dry white wines and is widely used in many countries.
Viviers, a charming village with over 1600 years of historySaint-Guilhem-le-Désert
Location: Languedoc-Roussillon, Herault
Leu: Herault, Languedoc-Roussillo
The abbeys of Saint-Guian-de-Serre, nestled in a wild valley in Hérault department, blend in with surrounding limestone. The houses in small town of Saint-Jean-de-Serres are rustic and sophisticated, and cold and quaint canyon landscape adds another beauty to city.
Rising limestone cliffs stand shoulder to shoulder, at corner of stairs, in two alleys, between two roofs with ancient paints... finely hewn stones and rough rocks intersect, Flower pots on window sills against wild bushes give city a timeless charm...
Devil's Bridge (Le pont du Diable)Cancale
Location: Ile-et-Villene, Brittany
Leu: Ile-et-Villaine, Brittany
The small town of Cancale, located near Mont Saint-Michel bay, is famous for its cuisine and is known as capital of oysters. Today, this historic seaside town is a magnet for tourists who come to see its fishing port and enjoy comfortable walks along coast.
The port of Rahul in small town of Cancale has a long history, but it has always been bustling and full of life. Its iconic "back streets" give city its charm. In past, sailors' wives wove and mended nets in Back Alley, and docks were filled with all sorts of fishing boats. Today, pier is dotted with various restaurants, making it a haven for seafood lovers.
Saint-Malo, an ancient port located on Brittany Peninsula in France, is one of most beautiful cities on Atlantic coast.Les Baux-de-Provence (Po)
Location: Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur,
Bais du Rhone
The splendor of Albil mountain range, with its chaotic beauty, serves as a backdrop to this small walled town. Pau attracts many tourists, especially artists, film artists and gastronomes, thanks to their efforts historical sites of Pau have been revived.
On Maylang Highway in Valley of Hell, in a cave in valley is "Church of Shadows". People use advanced projection equipment to project various huge light and shadow patterns on surface of a rock of more than 4,000 cubic meters in an ancient cave. Among them, people seem to travel through various famous paintings.
The small town of Saint-Rémy, 10 kilometers from Pau, where you can visit old streets and archaeological sites.
The small town of Arles, located 20 kilometers from Pau, is a real capital of art, especially famous for its ancient Roman ruins.
The above content is taken from book "100 most beautiful villages to visit France" (100 most beautiful small towns in France).
Visiting these small towns will give you an unforgettable experience. Here, simple and beautiful natural landscapes are always around, and outlandish buildings, ancient streets and lanes, as well as strong smell of fireworks will make you stop involuntarily. You can listen to legend of Devil's Bridge as told by locals of Saint-Jean-de-Serres, walk along coast in small town of Cancale and feel artistic atmosphere in bright colors of Pont Aven Village There is a long historical memory, and their respective cultural features and imprints are all still waiting for us to explore and discover them.
This article is ported from Atout France!