There are 161 villages in France rated as a Plus Beaux Village (as of 2013). The ratings are awarded by the Plus Beaux Villages de France association. The basic requirements to be considered by the association are: population under 2000, at least two village sites or buildings classified as "protected", and the municipality requests that the village be considered. As you can see, these requirements could exclude some otherwise lovely places.

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Here are the Plus Beaux Villages de France located in Provence and the South of France.

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Fortified Medieval village on the cliff-top overlooking the Ardèche

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Ancient perched village north of Aix-en-Provence, with medieval chateau.

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The highest village in the Var, with the ruins of a medieval fortress and near the Route Napoleon.

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Les Baux-de-Provence

A very picturesque village with a royal history and high fortified ruins, sitting in the beautiful Alpilles mountains south of Avignon. Several museums; the Cathédral d'Images picture palace in a cave; olive oil mills.

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A perched village in the Alpes Maritimes north of Nice, with a great collection of sundials.

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Small village 4 km northeast of Prades; 40 km west of Perpignan. 10 km northeast of Villefranche-de-Conflent (another Plus Beaux Villages de France)

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A lovely perched village in the hills just southwest of Saint-Tropez.

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Beautiful old village perched on the edge of the Plateau de Vaucluse cliffs, 12th-c castle; Borie stone village, nearby Senanque Abbey and lavender fields.

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One of the most picturesque of all the perched villages, with a château originated as a Saracen fortress in the 9th-12th centuries

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30 km SE of Carcassonne; 30 km SW of Narbonne.

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A popular little town in the Vaucluse department, with a Medieval castle

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A beautiful stone village perched along the top of a long ridge overlooking vineyards, occupied since neolithic times


25 km northwest of Narbonne.

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A tiny Medieval village perched beside an isolated part of the Cèze river.

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A lovely medieval village in a gorgeous setting, near the Gorges de Verdon, known for its faïence pottery. The 12th-century Notre-Dame church with its 4-level Italianate bell tower. Many gift and pottery shops, and excellent dining choices.

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La Roque-Gageac

8 km south of Sarlat-la-Canéda. Between two other Plus Beaux Villages de France of Beynac-et-Cazenac and Domme.

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La Roque-sur-Cèze

Very picturesque village perched on a rocky peak, in the woods beside the Cèze river.

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This ocre-red village by the Plateau de Vauluse is one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France.

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Sainte Agnès

A little village perched on the flank of a mountain, high above the Mediterranean.

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Saint Guilhem-le-Désert

35 km east of Lodève; 44 km NW of Montpellier; 3 km north of Pont du Diable.

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Saint Véran

30 km southeast of Briançon.

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5 km southwest of Vaison-la-Romaine; 20 km northeast of Orange; 30 km north of Carpentras.

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A very ancient village nestled back against the base of a forested mountain.

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A tiny village in the central Var, called Pontus Tortorii in the 4th century.

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Medieval walled village with some lovely fountains.

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Picturesque medieval village in the French Pyrenées, one of the "Most Beautiful Villages of France", and site of the Fort Liberia by Vauban.