Unveiling the Charms of France’s Newest Crowned Beauties: The Most Beautiful Villages

In the heart of France, two deserving villages are honored with the prestigious “Plus Beaux Villages de France” label. A recognition that highlights their authentic charm and exceptional heritage. Let’s discover together these havens of tranquility and history which shine among the jewels of the French territory.

Two new villages receive the prestigious label of “most beautiful villages in France”

Each year, the list of most beautiful villages in France is expanding, and for 2024, two charming towns have just received this prestigious label. These villages, located in Anjou and Normandy, promise memorable discoveries for fans of French heritage and culture.

Fontevraud-l’Abbaye: A historic gem

Located just 15 km from Saumur in the Maine-et-Loire, Fontevraud-l’Abbaye is a real pearl. Renowned for its royal abbey founded in 1101, this village offers a journey through history with its rich past. The abbey, which became the Plantagenêts necropolis and prison between 1804 and 1963, now houses a modern art museum. Since 2021, this site has attracted visitors from all over the world, fascinated by this architectural and historical feat. With its 1,500 inhabitants, the village remains a place of tranquility and contemplation.

Blangy-le-Château: The Little Rome of Calvados

Blangy-le-Château, located between Pont-l’EvĂŞque and Lisieux in the Calvados, is a perfect example of the authentic charm of Normandy. Nicknamed the “little Rome of Calvados” because of its seven surrounding hills, this village is typical of the Pays d’Auge with its half-timbered and brick houses. Its peaceful setting and green landscapes attract a large number of visitors each year. Stroll through its streets and enjoy the serenity that this atypical village offers.

The Label of the Most Beautiful Villages in France

Created in 1982, the label Most Beautiful Villages in France aims to highlight small towns with exceptional charm. This initiative, launched by a former elected official from Collonges-la-Rouge, aims to promote these often little-known villages and to stimulate the local economy through tourism. With the addition of Fontevraud-l’Abbaye and Blangy-le-Château, this prestigious label now has 178 municipalities spread across 70 departments across mainland France and overseas.

An Invitation to Discovery

THE most beautiful villages in France are not just names on a list. They represent an invitation to discover cultural and historical riches, as well as to encounter unparalleled landscapes. Whether you are a lover of stone, nature or history, these villages promise total immersion and guarantee you a peaceful stay far from the urban hustle and bustle.

Up to you

All you have to do is plan your next getaway. Why not start with these new winners of the 2024 label? Visiting Fontevraud-l’Abbaye and Blangy-le-Château is treating yourself to a timeless moment, an enchanted parenthesis in the heart of authentic France.