the most beautiful villages in france

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Once upon a time, in the hidden heart of France, a handsome young prince lived in a beautiful castle. Although he had everything his heart desired, the prince was selfish and unkind. He taxed the village to fill his castle with the most beautiful objects, and his parties with the most beautiful people. Then one night, an unexpected intruder arrived at the castle, seeking shelter from the bitter storm. As a gift, she offered the prince a single rose. Repulsed by her haggard appearance, the prince turned the woman away. But she warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within. When he dismissed her again, the old woman’s outward appearance melted away, to reveal a most beautiful enchantress. The prince begged her for forgiveness. But it was too late, for she had seen that there was no love in his heart. As punishment, she transformed him into a hideous beast, and placed a powerful spell on the castle and all who lived there. As days bled into years, the prince and his servants were forgotten by the world, for the enchantress had erased all memory of them from the minds of the people they loved. But the rose she had offered was truly an enchanted rose. If he could learn to love another and earn their love in return by the time the last petal fall, the spell would be broken. If not, he would be doomed to remain a beast for all time. As the years passed, he fell into despair and lost all hope. For who could ever learn to love a beast?

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Once upon a time, in the hidden heart of France, a handsome young prince lived in a beautiful castle.
Although he had everything his heart desired, the prince was selfish and unkind. He taxed the village to fill his castle with most beautiful objects… and his parties with the most beautiful people.

Then one night, an unexpected intruder arrived to the castle, seeking shelter from the bitter storm. 

As a gift, she offered the prince a single rose.

Repulsed by her haggard appearance, the prince turned the woman away… 

But she warned him not to be deceived by appearances… for beauty is found within. 

When he dismissed her again, the old woman’s outer appearance melted away to reveal a beautiful enchantress.


The prince begged for forgiveness, but it was too late. 

For she had seen that there was no love in his heart.

As punishment, she transformed him into a hideous beast and placed a powerful spell on the castle and all who lived there.

As day bled into years, the prince and his servants were forgotten by the world, for the enchantress had erased all memory of them from the minds of the people they loved.

But the rose she had offered was truly an enchanted rose. If he could learn to love another and earn their love in return by the time the last petal fell, the spell would be broken. If not, he would be doomed to remain a beast for all time.

As the years passed, he felt into despair and lost all hope, for who could ever learn to love a beast?

The Village Of Olargues, Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

The 11th century remnants of a chateau and the 13th century Devil’s Bridge (Le Pont du Diable) give the village of Olargues a unique atmosphere. Olargues is listed as one of the most beautiful villages of France. Photo by Paul Atkinson

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Don’t mind where we end up

On our way to Pernes-les-Fontaines, we ended up in Venasque. A so called ‘Most beautiful village of France’. Whatever. We never arrived in Saint-Didier either. ‘Stranded’ would be the right word. Strand means beach in Dutch. Makes it even more difficult to grasp the situation we were in. Please note the views on Mont Ventoux. There’s no sea view.

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Venasque, view of Mont Ventoux. by dessinauteur
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Venasque, known as one of the most beautiful villages of France, offers stunning views of Mont Ventoux.

15 Beautiful Villages in Europe

The idea of a beautiful village is to have a picture postcard scenic value with ideal seclusion and serenity. For years many villages in Europe have been hidden to the human eye, but Europe is full of beautiful villages which travelers find beautiful and breathtaking.

1. Bibury, England

Described as ‘the most beautiful village in England’ by William Morris (1834-96), Bibury is considered one of the most picturesque villages on Earth. It is a charming and typical Cotswold village in England. The major attractions in Bibury are the Arlington Row, a row of weavers cottages built of local stone, the Bibury Trout Farm and the Saxon Church, the Church of St Mary.

2. Smögen Village, Sweden

Once an old fishing village, the island of Smögen is considered one of the most beautiful and picturesque places you can enjoy in all Bohuslän. Here, you are welcomed by a long quay of seafront wooden houses that run for several hundred miles along the sea border and many tourists find it the perfect holiday spot to enjoy the awesome west coast beaches of Sweden.

3. Najac, France

Also known as “l’un des plus beaux villages de France” (one of the most beautiful villages in France), is among the top beautiful places in France. The population here varies with the seasons. Though during the winter not more than 100 people live in this town, during the summer this place is heaving. It is considered remarkable for its seclusion and tranquility.

4. Hallstatt, Austria

Located between Salzburg and Graz, in the Salzkammergut Lake District of Austria, Hallstatt is considered the most beautiful lake-by village and is a UNESCO heritage site. Boating, hiking, surfing, visiting the salt mines and the ice caves are few of the many things you enjoy doing at Hallstatt.

5. Colmar, France

Colmar provides the travelers with the wonder of a medium sized town combined with the rich heritage of France and Germany both together. A range of architectural styles, from German Gothic to French Neo-Baroque, can be spotted in the old town. You can have the perfect seclusion and enjoyment along the silent canals, cobblestoned lanes and half- timbered houses.

6. Reine, Norway

Also called as ‘the soul of the Northern Norway’, this is the perfectly picturesque village with blue-watered bays, long stretches of meadows covered with flowers, dramatic cliffs, towering mountains together with the wonderful silken Arctic light. They have a fishing fleet as well as long attracting artists to keep you engaged while admiring the beautiful scenery around.

7. Albarracín, Spain

A small town 30 minutes from Teruel and two hours from Valencia, Spain, and this beautiful village gives you the feeling of being in the middle ages instantly as you enter. This little sleepy town amidst of its wonderful mountain ranges has been declared as a UNESCO world heritage site mostly for its medieval architecture, narrow streets and the tranquility.

8. Cong, Ireland

Cong is the most famous village in Ireland for fishing, historical significance and peace of the surroundings giving you the peace of mind and relaxation you are craving for. Ireland’s school of Falconry, Cruises, the royal abbey, Ashford castle and the ‘Quiet man’ museum are among the famous tourist attractions.

9. Gruyères, Switzerland

The town has its name given mainly for the area as well as its’ famous cheese. Situated at the foot of the Pre-Alps, you will be amazed and totally mesmerized by the breathtaking view and the medieval architecture this village has to offer to you. This village not only offers you many places of interest including the Gruyères castle, HR Giger museum, Tibet museum and the cheese factories, but also lets you enjoy sports and hiking as well.

10. Bled, Slovenia

Bled ranks among the most beautiful alpine resorts renowned for its mild, healing climate and thermal lake water and is famous all around the world for its beauty and picturesque views. The fresh air around Bled gives you the divine pleasure of relaxation with the serenity of being cut off from the noisy and busy metro life.

11. Manarola, Italy

Besides the beauty of this little town, hiking your way down to other towns nearby is the main reason why tourists find this village attractive. This is a small fishing town which belongs to the Cinque Terre if Italy which translates to five lands which are connected by one walking path.

12. Pučiśća, Croatia

This is one of the finest holiday locations for people out from the busy towns looking for relaxation and fun. Apart from the picturesque value, this village also offers you many archaeological sites for those who are interested.

13. Telč, Czech Republic

This is one of the most beautiful villages in the Czech Republic, which is also a UNESCO world heritage site and it is said that the facades of the houses surrounding the city main square are one of the most photographed places in the whole of Moravia.

14. Monemvasia, Greece

This town, which is separated by an earthquake from the mainland of Greece is with a history of hundreds of years of kings and queens and its castles are much older than the USA itself. Tourists can hike in the rocky hills of the island, swim in the Mirtoon Sea, and enjoy the fresh, local cuisine.

15. Montresor, France

Montresor is a small village complete with a Renaissance castle and the old protective walls and is listed among the 157 most beautiful villages in France as well. Montresor has the charm and the beauty of a small low-key village but together with the history and architecture of the middle ages.

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Gothic Architecture  is the architecture of the late medieval period, characterised by use of the pointed arch. Other features common to Gothic architecture are the rib vault, buttresses, including flying buttresses; large windows which are often grouped, or have tracery; rose windows, towers, spires and pinnacles; and ornate façades.As an architectural style, Gothic developed primarily in ecclesiastical architecture, and its principles and characteristic forms were applied to other types of buildings. Buildings of every type were constructed in the Gothic style, with evidence remaining of simple domestic buildings, elegant town houses, grand palaces, commercial premises, civic buildings, castles, city walls, bridges, village churches, abbey churches, abbey complexes and large cathedrals.The greatest number of surviving Gothic buildings are churches. These range from tiny chapels to large cathedrals, and although many have been extended and altered in different styles, a large number remain either substantially intact or sympathetically restored, demonstrating the form, character and decoration of Gothic architecture. The Gothic style is most particularly associated with the great cathedrals of Northern France, England and Spain, with other fine examples occurring across Europe.

Isabelle Cherie || Twenty Three || Acquisition Editor || Regalian

“Well it’s my favourite! Far off places, daring sword fights, magic spells, a prince in disguise!”

Beauty is something many crave, though to find someone beautiful to their very core is a rather unusual thing. With a name that literally means beauty, however, it seems only fitting that one Belle Cherie should be the personification of such. Growing up in the modest village of Villeneuve in France, Belle was always a little odd. Where most girls were obsessed with boys, material possessions, and makeup, Belle was always more likely to be found with her nose in a book, or daydreaming about a life beyond what she’d always known. Her neighbors all considered this to be highly unusual, and never missed an opportunity to say so. Frankly, she always considered herself better suited for a life filled with more open minded people —and that’s just what she got when her father, Maurice, scrounged up enough money and surprised his daughter with the news that she’d be going to America to study at the prestigious Wishing Well Academy in New York City.

Find out more about Belle HERE.

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30 Most Beautiful Castles in the World - 11/30

Château de Chenonceau is a French castle near the small village of Chenonceaux, France. The castle was built on the sire of an old mill on the River Cher, sometimes in the 11th century. It was designed by the French Renaissance architect Philibert de L'Orme. The castle became the favorite residence of Queen Catherine de Medici (wife of King Henry II) who added series of gardens around the castle. An architectural mixture of late Gothic and early Renaissance, the castle is classified as Monument Historique since 1840 by the French Ministry of Culture. Today the castle and its gardens are open to the public.