By the waterside

    Built around a castle which has today been replaced by a tree-shaded square, Fourcès is an original "bastide" with a circular ground plan whose houses form a dramatic setting of half-timbering and arcades. In addition to some must-taste gastronomic delights of this Gascon land, the village also attracts visitors with several key events such as its Flower Market in April or "Marciac in Fourcès" an extract from the now famous jazz festival.

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    • By the waterside : The river Auzoue
    • Castles and ramparts : Porte de l’Horloge (west gate in the Clock Tower), the castle (hotel-restaurant) (Châteaux et remparts)
    • Gastronomy : Armagnac, foie gras, duck breast and confits
    • Wine : AOC Côtes de Gascogne wines

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    • Gargilesse vue chateau

    In the leafy valley of the River Creuse, this Berry village that George Sand was so fond of has played host to many painters all of whom were charmed by the romantic sight of its steeply-roofed houses, clustered harmoniously around the Romanesque church and the castle. Gargilesse still enjoys a wealth of cultural events today that take place in a welcoming, easygoing atmosphere.

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    • By the waterside : The river Creuse
    • Abbeys and churches : 11C Byzantine and Romanesque church
    • Castles and ramparts : The castle
    • Unusual sights : George Sand’s house

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    • Gassin vue du ciel

    Once you have climbed your way up the flower-decked alleyways lined with pastel walls to Place Deï Barri, you will enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the Golfe de Saint-Tropez bay and the Maures Massif. This is also a delightful spot to stop and savour a bite to eat and a glass of Côte de Provence wine at one of the village restaurant’s terraces.

    Themes

    • By the waterside : Mediterranean Sea
    • Panoramas : View of the Golfe de Saint-Tropez and the Maures Massif from Place Deï Barri

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    • La Flotte ruelle Saint-Pierre

    A pretty little fishing and yachting port ! With its rounded, 200m-long jetty built in 1840, La Flotte lives in tune with the comings and goings of the boats that enliven the quays all year round. Inside, the peaceful, flower-decked streets line up their low-roofed houses whose sparklingly white walls provide a luminous background to the green or blue shutters

    Themes

    • By the waterside : Atlantic Ocean
    • Gastronomy : Oysters, Pineau fortified wine and sea salt
    • Unusual sights : Fort de la Prée

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    • La Garde-Guérin rue pavée

    In a setting not unlike certain Scottish landscapes, La Garde-Guerin looks down on the impressive Chassezac Canyon from its plateau. The village used to be a strategic site on the Régordane Way, a trade route that linked the Languedoc coast to the Massif Central ; it was attacked on several occasions but has kept its watchtower, its houses and its flagstone streets.

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    • By the waterside : River Chassezac
    • Castles and ramparts : The ramparts and watchtower
    • Panoramas : View of the village from the access area to the canyon, view of the Chassezac gorges and the Cévennes from the watchtower

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    • La Roche-Guyon fenêtre château

    La Roche-Guyon and its imposing castle are nestled in a meander of the River Seine and waver between two regions : Île-de-France and Normandy. The architecture is influenced by both as it has pale stone facades and half-timbered ones. You will get the best view of this village by taking the Route des Crêtes or Ridge Path from where you can also admire the Parc Naturel Régional du Vexin Français in which the village lies.

    Themes

    • By the watrside : The river Seine
    • Abbeys and churches : 13C and 18C castles

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  • In Périgord Noir, at the foot of a south-facing cliff, the creamy stone houses with their "lauze" stone slab or brown-tiled roofs are mirrored in the waters of the River Dordogne where the famous "gabares" (traditional flat-bottomed boats) laden with goods used to pass in the 19C.

    Themes

    • By the waterside : The river Dordogne
    • Castles and ramparts : Castle of the Bishops of Sarlat
    • Unusual sights : Troglodytic fort built in the cliff face

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  • At the North of Gard, La Roque-sur-Cèze was built on a rock peak overlooking the Cèze which spans a twelve-arches old bridge. Dominated by the traces of the former castle and its chapel, the village with sloping cobbled streets and its houses, made with creamy stones and curved-tiles cornices, offers a breathtaking view of the Cascades du Sautadet, an exceptional natural site which adds to the attraction of the place.

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    • By the waterside : The river Cèze and Cascades du Sautadet
    • Castles and ramparts : The traces of the 12C castle and ramparts
    • Panoramas : The view of the Cascades du Sautadet from the top of the village
    • Wine : Côtes du Rhône wines

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  • The landscape surrounding Lagrasse is one of vineyards and hills and is typical of the Corbières wine-growing region. The River Orbieu runs through the village and is spanned by a bridge linking Lagrasse and its old 14C market to its abbey, an architectural jewel from medieval times. Lagrasse is not only known for its Corbières wine, but also for its know-how that local craftsmen will be delighted to introduce you to

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    • Abbeys and churches : Sainte Marie Abbey
    • By the waterside : The river Orbieu
    • Wine : AOC Corbières wines

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    • Larressingle entrée du village

    The walls of Larressingle rise up amid the vineyards in Armagnac country, just a short distance from Condom. The ochre and grey stone houses still with their mullioned windows and arched doorways are clustered around the castle keep and its twin-nave church. This is an ideal spot to appreciate not only the charm but also the food of the Gers.

    Themes

    • Abbeys and churches : Church of Saint Sigismond
    • By the waterside : The river Baïse
    • Gastronomy : Armagnac, floc, foie gras, etc.

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