Frances towns, with exceptions along the Atlantic and Med coasts, are frankly not all that exciting. Frances real strength lies in its villages of which there is an enormous variety as you move from north to south, and from Atlantic west to the Germanic east of Alsace. Weve already shown you a selection... and maybe whetted your appetite!
We headed this site "Frances Favourite Villages" and not without cause. French TV launched a campaign to get viewers votes on their favourites, and the Top Twenty each had a programme to itself.
Here are the Top Nine, listed from Nine down to Number One Saint-Cirq-Lapopie. It really does qualify, but so do many of its close competitors. I guess one should mention a warning here the closer you get to Number One, the more you should try to visit out of season (the season being the school holidays, mainly July and August). And remember, the more south you go, the longer the warmer weather!
One more thing. If youre coming from outside the European Union, dont rent a car, lease it from Renault or Peugeot. You get a brand new car, and absolutely full insurance none of those naughty collision-damage-waiver extras which can add considerably to the total.