most beautiful villages in the
Centre Val de Loire
This association was formalised in 1982 to preserve the heritage of
French villages (with a population of no more than 2000 inhabitants) with at
least two protected historical sites. The awards are given to these
villages (151 at the last count) that share the same passion and ambition to
promote and recognize the quality of their heritage, history, culture and
their desire to conserve their individuality and authenticity. Although the
title implies, and some people believe, that these villages are 'the most
beautiful ' in France, it is only because they meet the qualifying
criteria and have applied to the association to be listed that they
have in fact the right to display the 'title'. There is no denying the
membership of the association is a positive step and these villages are
indeed beautiful but France has many more
and as to which are 'Les-Plus-Beaux' this must surely be in the eye
of the beholder.
The villages of the Loire Valley include 8 of the 'Les-plus-beaux-villages-de-France'. ( * 9 if you include the beautiful village of
which has been 'adopted' by the local tourist board due to its location on the border of
Whether you choose to stay in one of the Val de Loire's major cities, medieval towns or charming villages you will find something to delight you.
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