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The Most Beautiful Villages In France

Updated on December 1, 2015

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGES IN FRANCE : GARGILESSE (visited with children)

France is a beautiful country. A country of contrast and diversity. Travelling through France is not just discovering cosmopolitan cities and mediaeval villages. Visiting France is also tasting its regional cuisine, drinking the region's wines, talking to the people who are always friendly and ready to help foreigners.

Travelling with small children, however, can be a very different experience. As many parents sadly know, with small children one can not sit in the lovely cafes to see the "life go by" and absorb the ambiance. With young children it is always go and one only gets to see the most relevant things of a place and eat Mac Donalds. Other times, however, it is thanks to the little devils that we discover little jewels.

Travelling with our five year old princess and three year old hooligan we have discovered some of the most beautiful villages in France. Pushing prams, go-chairs, carrying nappies and picnic bags is more our "travel style". Sleeping in camping sites rather than 4 o 5 star hotels where our "darlings" would cause disrepair. Eating picnics and fast food rather than five course meals in fancy restaurants... that is us!

Thankfully leaving in the centre of France it is never too far to take a couple of days off to discover a new place. For example, just 15 minutes from where we leave, there is a gorgeous artist's village: Gargilesse.

Gargilesse

Gargilesse


Gargilesse is a romantic little village perched on top a hill. A village inhabited by artists of all sorts: artisans, sculptors, wood-crafters, leather crafters, ironmongers, painters and poets. It is in Gargilesse that the famous French writer George Sand came when she wanted peace, she had a little house in here, her refuge, now a small museum that can be visited for a small fee.


Gargilesse is dominated by its castle and church hidden on top of an evergreen hill. The houses are grouped around the XIth century church, from there the views are outstanding. My daughter loves this place as it is small and looks as if taken from a fairy tale. In here she can run freely and admire both the castle and the river running under. The children always love to go to the creperie where they can have an ice cream while we have a "kir" which is white wine flavoured to your taste with violets, raspberries, or rose liqueur. The crepes in here are also superb. One of my favourite starters is the salad with Gargilesse cheese. A very simple dish of lettuce and toasted bread with the most mouth-watering grilled goat's cheese on top. To follow, I always fall for a salty "cheese" crepe and of course, greedy as I am I take a crepe for desert. Here I can never decide, the choice is ample and deliciously mouth-melting, pears and chocolate, honey, grand Marnier, just sugar and lemon juice, apple puree, apples in caramel... you name it, they will have it.


If you are daring enough, you can also walk down to the river and dip your toes there or just sit and watch the children play in the water.


There are several festivals during the year in Gargilesse. In May, there is a flower and farm market where you can stock with all types of geraniums for you flower beds and delicious cheese, honey, and seasonal vegetables. In August, there is an Arp festival, followed in September by a book festival. And of course, all year round you can visit the crafters and the creperie for an indulgent treat.


Must-sees and must-dos in Gargilesse...

The castle

The Romanesque church

George Sand's house

The creperie

Beautiful Small Towns in France

Argenton sur Creuse

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 4 years ago from France

      travelholidays: "arp festival" is the famous gargilesse's "Harp festival" created by Pierre Jamet, a famous harpist, teacher in CNSM in Paris.

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      travelholidays 4 years ago from India

      What is 'Arp festival' in Gargilesse? Is it related to flower? Cool information and very informative :)

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      speedy gonzales 4 years ago from Greece

      It looks fantastic place. Very informative article! Thank you for sharing it with us!

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      Free2writ3 5 years ago from Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania

      This is a really great hub. Beautiful pictures as well.makes me wanna travel.

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      lannm 5 years ago from Out here somewhere

      Loved it.... I would love to visit one day...

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      frenchproperty 5 years ago from Eastbourne

      Francophile too! Just started writing some hubs about Love France - so far Provence, Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrenees. My favourites are Collioure and Roussillon.

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      Frenglish 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks for suggesting Gargilesse- I have had the fortune of traveling through almost ever region of France, and seeing many Medieval villages. This is one that I have missed.

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      free-seotools 5 years ago from Portugal

      Another great hub princessa. I was lucky to spend some time in France after leaving the UK, caravan, missus, dogs et al...and we missed all your recommendations sadly. But we did see Domme, St Jean Pied De Port (bet I've spelt those wrong) and many other great places in the Loire valley and the Dordogne and Normandy.

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      louromano 5 years ago

      This is very informative, thank you:)

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Gargilesse sounds beautiful, I have been to France several times and would love to visit again one day.

      Thank you and voted up.

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      Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      Not far from us at Videix (other side of Limoges). I must make a point of visiting this village. Looks wonderful.

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      Paul Cronin 5 years ago from Winnipeg

      Great pics and a great place to visit, no - make that a great place to live. Thanks for sharing! Someday I will make my way there! Voted Up and Beautiful!

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      skyfire 5 years ago

      Added "Gargilesse" in my "must visit place" list. Excellent hub. :)

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      Yatra.com 5 years ago

      nice collections!!!

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      Jet Airways Konnect 6 years ago

      really nice. one must visit these places if he is visiting to France.

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      ellahall2011 6 years ago

      Wow! They are really beautiful as if they were in a "once upon a time" story plot and settings. Great hub.

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      jet airways konnect 6 years ago

      these are really nice, and you wrote them even more nicely cheers for so much creativity.

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      CNA Certification 6 years ago

      Hi there! I really love reading your blog today! Keep making great posts and I will come back every day to keep reading!

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      celeBritys4africA 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Fantastic photos, I would love to visit France.

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      france1982 6 years ago from Planet Earth

      I Like this!

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      freecampingaussie 6 years ago from Southern Spain

      love your hub ! been to france a few times , Stayed near Nemours ? for a week , driven through France, worked near Toulise ? for a month , visited Carcasone , love France & will come back.

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      cpr recertification 6 years ago

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      Adam Wilson 6 years ago

      Great article. I will try to visit this place in the summer (but I am not sure). I encourage you to read my hub about the Polish village.

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      Cna Jobs 6 years ago

      What an absolutely beautiful place!!! How awesome that the new owners are willing to let others enjoy their space too:):)

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      Time4Travel 6 years ago from Canada

      Lovely pictures. They definitely make me want to travel there!

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      Mike's Corner 6 years ago from Maryland

      Beautiful pics, terrific hub, great series!

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      deblipp 6 years ago

      Good Hub!!!!

      France is one of the great country, which is terrifically famous for its beauty and diversity. The information like, Gargilesse is a romantic little village perched on top a hill. A village inhabited by artists of all sorts: artisans, sculptors, wood-crafters, leather crafters, ironmongers, painters and poets, immeasurably useful for travelers. Thanks a lot for sharing and keep on hubbing.

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      Shahrukhcress 6 years ago

      Awesome pics. Beauty of nature and Art of Construction.

      I wished to to visit these beautiful places

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      katrinasui 6 years ago

      This seems to be a wonderful place. The pictures you have used are so beautiful.

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      London To Paris Train 6 years ago

      France is one of the most favorite tourist destinations in Europe.Paris, Lille, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Nice and many other tourist destinations in France, which attracts million of visitors across the world. You will find very cooperative and friendly people out there in this charming country.I would suggest that if you really want to explore any country, then go for France. Here you will find everything ranging from beaches, museums to unrivalled nightlife and great shopping areas. And now you can easily explore the beautiful European destinations by hi speed Eurostar train. what you required if you can reach from one country to another country within hours. It will take hardly 2hr 15min from London to Paris and 1hr 20 min from London to Lille. Moreover the Journey is most convenient and hasselfree through Eurostar train.I would suggest that don't miss to explore European destinations, which are packed with something for everyone.

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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      Such a lovely little village. I always love those lovely villages in France, Germany, Holland and neighbouring countries... I can take countless photos of them !

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      goofy  6 years ago

      so interesting

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      Helen 6 years ago from Florida

      Great hub, loved the photos. France is truly magical. I have written a hub on my trip to Albi. Thanks for all this lovely information!

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      London Paris Trains 6 years ago

      Now Feeling like to visit this small and beautiful village. France is really favorite destination for tourist and it has something for everyone ranging from world class architectural buildings, sun kissed beaches, monuments, museums, bountiful eating out places, restaurants, clubs, great shopping areas and vibrant nightlife. one more information that I want to share that traveling in France is more easier now due to high-speed Eurostar Train.It will takes you from one country to other within hours. Eurostar train is the high-speed Passenger train connecting UK to Mainland Europe. Its speed of 186mph admires everyone and you can travel for London to Paris within 2hr 15min. Eurostar train has more than 100 connections in Europe. So visit Europe and Specially France always fascinating me.

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      London Paris 7 years ago

      A lovely village in the north of France is Montreuil-sur-Mer. It's perfectly placed for anyone making a short visit to France from UK as it's quite close to the ferry and chunnel ports, but just far enough away to avoid crowds. There are some fine restaurants and a good choice of hotels, considering the size if the town.

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      epigramman 7 years ago

      yes that may be true but you have the most beautiful hubs in the entire world!

      signed, Maurice Chevalier

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      adorababy 7 years ago from Syracuse, NY

      I think France is one of the most beautiful places too. When I went on a European trip, I thought of France as the most anticipated part of that trip. I was never disappointed.

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      Ira 7 years ago

      I was so in love with Paris. I just love the photos that you have of the central parts of France,

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      David 7 years ago

      So many places, so many choices - would probably vote for Sarlat in the Dordogne or something really different like Conques in the Aveyron.

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      hypnosis4u2 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Love Paris but do need to get outside to the real countryside and this hub has great suggestions for seeing this beautiful country.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      very beautiful villas. I liked all the picture.I'll go there someday. good work.

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      Torry 7 years ago

      Awesome pix!

      I would love to visit France.

      Just found some good holiday packages on http://www.southalltravel.co.uk

      This is such a beautiful hub!

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      Renee S 7 years ago from Virginia

      Beautiful pictures. I would love to go there.

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      daisyjae 7 years ago from Canada

      France is certainly a beautiful country I hope to visit one day. A friend just showed me pics from her latest trip, just amazing.

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      Tricia Mason 7 years ago from The English Midlands

      I love France. It is a larger country than many people realise, with lots to see and do ~ and many beautiful towns and villages.

      We have taken our children since they were tiny ~ and yes, it was then more often a case of MacDonalds that haute cuisine, but we always enjoyed ourselves.

      Our boys loved visiting 'Robin Hood's castle' ~ ie Carcassonne. And being a historian, with a passion for the medieval period, I loved it too!

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      Sluggh 7 years ago

      I like the pictures of you best. :)

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

      I am really happy you all like this. It is not easy to put in words the beauty of the place or to capture the magic of the scenary in photos. You really need to visit -like some of you have already done- to understand how pretty it is around here.

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      salt 7 years ago from australia

      Wonderful writing. Lovely photography.

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      BEAUTYBABE 7 years ago from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA.

      Hi Princessa,

      I fell in love with your hub straight away. I went to France and saw Paris and all the little villages when I was 24. I was so in love with Paris. I just love the photos that you have of the central parts of France, especially Eguzon, where I went through and saw the "Apple and Chestnut Fair. We didn't know what was happening at first because we arrived there in the night, but it was all explained to us. The villages on top of the little hills are very quaint, aren't they ? It is all just amazing how you have put it together. BB

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      apricotmousse 7 years ago

      That was really fascinating :) I always dreamed of fairy tales, and I think that France will make my dream come true (to live in a castle). This is such a beautiful hub!

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      Hypocrites 7 years ago

      Nice work on the Hub. I like the views around the chateaux.

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      arun kuruvilla 7 years ago from Kottayam

      nice places to visit.

      good work

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      jlswenson 7 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma USA

      Does this bring back memories. We've been to many of the villages your describe. Thanks for sharing this.

      Best,

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      Thanks for the visit and comments.

      Gypsy, that is "my" village :)

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      I stayed near Argenton some years back, a beautiful area, But so is most of France!

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      MarilynDuPont 8 years ago

      I love your pictures!

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      Melanie Shebel 8 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

      What an awesome HubPage! I'd love to go to France!

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      tanner 8 years ago

      i like french toast

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      James 8 years ago

      Wrong. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder - I live in Nice and a town that you definitely can't place next to beautiful, however ajoining villages which can fall into this category and to name one of the best is a place called Villefranche Sur Mer - On a warm Summers evening you feel you are stepping back in time. Take a long evening stroll and you can walk around the most expensive real estate per sq meter in Europe - St Jean de Cap Ferrat. Grimaud, Eze Village, Grasse to a certain extent are also stunning and definitely ones to visit after you have done your "tourist musts" to St Tropez with over the top prices for a cup of coffee or a "biere de pression" - so this article is a little biased. Venture out to the coast and to warmer regions and you will always come across "The Most Beautiful Villages in France"

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      tonymac: thanks for the visit, I a glad you enjoyed visiting France. There is always a place to discover around here :)

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      Tony McGregor 8 years ago from South Africa

      I have visited many lovely places in France, mainly in the Sud Ouest, like St Pierre de Caubel, Montastruc, Monclar. My late brother Chris lived in a centuries-old mill called Moulin de Madone. Love France! Great hub. Thanks

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      ryanenglish: France is full of little charming villages full of surprises.

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      ryanenglish 8 years ago

      That's is a wonderful place I had ever seen. Thanks for your hub.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      You are welcome Christoph, I hope you come back soon to try our delicious truffles.

      BTW, I loved your hub on truffles, my mouth is still watering !

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      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      Hi Princessa! I had a wonderful time visiting France. I also fell in love with Brugge, Belgium. I've vowed to go live there some day. Thanks for helping me go in my mind.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 9 years ago from France

      francetales: I va not been there yet. We have passed by several times but have not stopped there yet... looking forwards to!

      Lds Nana-AskMormon: I hope one day you can come across and visit these places. You might just find me in one of those creperies :)

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      Kathryn Skaggs 9 years ago from Southern California

      Just a beautiful Hub.

      I so much look forward to one day, walking the same streets and doing much of what you have suggested and shared here. I am with the kids on the creperie.

      tDMg

      LdsNana-AskMormon

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      francetales 9 years ago from Toulouse, France

      It is true, just when you think you've seen it all in France, you see something else. Have you been to St Jean de Luz near the border with Spain?

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 9 years ago from France

      Seamus: France will be always worth your dollars!

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      seamus 9 years ago

      Gorgeous photos. When the dollar is better, France will be on my list of places to go.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 9 years ago from France

      Hi Chuck, you should reallly come back to Europe. I think that France is one of my favorite countries followed only by Italy. And just when you think that you have seen it... you discover something new: a place, a vineyard, an atraction park, a newly open castle.... you mention it and I am sure you'll find it here!

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      Chuck Nugent 9 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      I visited Paris and drove through eastern France years ago when I was in Europe with the Air Force. It was beautiful and I have always wanted to return. After reading your Hub I REALLY want to visit again soon. Great Hub and great photos.

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      Angela Harris 9 years ago from Around the USA

      Like Paul, this is being added to my list of places to visit. The photos are beautiful.

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      Paul Edmondson 9 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      This seems like a wonderful place to visit. I'm putting it on my list of places to go!

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