Unveiling the Newest Additions to France’s Most Beautiful Villages List: A Glimpse into the Charm of French Municipalities

Welcome to the world of French towns labeled ‘Most beautiful villages in France’, hidden treasures imbued with authenticity and charm. Follow us for an immersion in the heart of these exceptional places, recently honored thanks to this prestigious label.

Well-deserved recognition in Normandy and Anjou

The prestigious association of Most beautiful villages in France recently added new gems to its list of achievements. This year, two municipalities in France had the honor of receiving this ultimate label of distinction. One is in Normandy and the other in Anjou. Prepare to dive into the enchanting world of Fontevraud-l’Abbaye and of Blangy-le-Château.

Fontevraud-l’Abbaye: An immersion in medieval history

Nestled just 15 km from Saumur, Fontevraud-l’Abbaye is a must-see destination for history lovers. This village owes its fame to its royal abbey, founded in 1101. Used as a Plantagenet necropolis and transformed into a prison from 1804 to 1963, the abbey offers a moving journey through the ages. Since 2021, this vast 13-hectare site also houses a modern art museum, adding a contemporary cultural touch to this historic ensemble.

Blangy-le-Château: The “Little Rome” of Calvados

Blangy-le-Château, located in the Pays d’Auge, is another village which has recently been labeled. This charming Norman village is famous for its half-timbered houses and brick buildings. Between Pont-l’Evêque and Lisieux, Blangy-le-Château is distinguished by another fascinating feature: it is surrounded by seven hills, just like Rome, hence its affectionate nickname “little Rome of Calvados”.

Alpine jewels adopted in September 2023

Before these additions, the association had already integrated two other villages in September 2023: Entrevaux (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence) and Saorge (Alpes-Maritimes). These new entries brought to 178 the number of villages labeled “Most beautiful villages in France”, spread over 70 departments.

What criteria for this prestigious label?

The selection of these villages is not the result of chance. The association evaluates around thirty rigorous criteria, including:

  • Classified or protected sites
  • Quality of the surroundings of the village
  • Architectural unit

This careful evaluation guarantees that each labeled village offers an exceptional and preserved setting.

Easier accessibility for travelers

Although often isolated and far from large towns, many labeled villages are now accessible without a car. With train or bus connections, travelers can easily explore these hidden gems without the need for a personal vehicle. A major advantage for all those who like to discover French heritage in a sustainable and practical way.

Whether you are a history buff, architecture lover or simply a lover of natural beauty, the Most beautiful villages in France promise you unforgettable experiences. So why not start your next trip with a visit to Fontevraud-l’Abbaye or Blangy-le-Château?