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spcFrance's Plus Beaux Detours association has listed 80 towns and villages as "well worth a detour" for, among other things, their beauty and historical interest. Excluding on town in French Guyana, we've listed here the 79 Plus Beaux Detours in France.

The Plus Beaux Detours association, created in 1998, lists interesting towns all over France of a "managable size", with populations of 2,000 to 20,000. These places have agreed to be a part of the Plus Beaux Detours, offering the art of tourism for brief visits and longer stays. They will have an authentic historical past, gastronomic tradition, local markets and festivals

The approaches to a Plus Beaux Detours town will be signposted with the logo shown here: "a link road wanders from the highway to become the stem of a flower blossoming out as a rosette and a firework... a rewarding detour!"

These are the Plus Beaux Detours of France.

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Provencal market town since Roman times, nearby lavender fields and perched villages.

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Across the river from Tarascon; midway between Avignon (27 km), Nimes (22 km) and Arles (22 km).

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Gourdon (Lot)

35 km north of Cahors; 20 km west of Rocamadour.

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Medieval perched village overlooking the bright blue bay of the Golfe de Saint Tropez, dominated by the striking ruins of an 11th-century chateau.

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20 km east of Avignon, 6 km south of Carpentras.

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La Tour-d'Aigues

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30 km northeast of Orange.