Castles and ramparts

    • Aiguèze placette et cave voûtée

    One side is perched on a cliff overlooking the gorges of the Ardèche, the other faces the Côtes du Rhône vineyards. The two facets of this former stronghold draw visitors because of their simplicity and the exceptional setting.

    Themes

    • By the waterside : The rivers Ardèche and Cèze
    • Castles and ramparts : The ramparts, the Sarrazine tower, the "castelas"
    • Unusual sights : The "hoaxes" in the village streets to tease the tourists
    • Wine : The Côtes du Rhône wines

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    • Angles-sur-l'Anglin spectacle pyromélodique

    Angles-sur-l’Anglin is on the borders of Berry and Touraine ; it gets its name from the Angles, the Saxon tribe that invaded England in the 5C, and from the river that separates the upper part of the village from the lower one. As for its reputation, that has been established for the past 150 years thanks to its "jours" – a wonderful form of hand-made drawn-thread embroidery. The village is also famous for its 15000 year old Magdalenian sculptures of the "Witches’ Rock"...

     Themes

    • By the wateride : The river Anglin
    • Castles and ramparts : The fortress
    • Unusual sights : The "Witches' Rock" and its Magdalenian sculptures

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    • Ansouis vue Est

    In the very south of Vaucluse, some thirty kilometres from Aix-en-Provence, Ansouis and its thousand-year-old castle look onto the Grand Luberon forest-planted hills from which the village is separated by vineyards.

    Themes

    • Castles and ramparts : The castle
    • Wine : AOC Côtes du Luberon wines

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    • Apremont-sur-Allier Parc Floral pont chinois

    Apremont is nestled in the heart of Berry, in a bocage landscape criss-crossed by hedges and copses on the banks of the Allier. The village is overlooked by its castle which is surrounded by a flower garden inspired by Vita Sackville-West’s landscaped garden in Sissinghurst ; the village was completely restored in the last century.

    Themes

    • By the waterside : The river Allier
    • Castles and ramparts : The castle

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    • Arlempdes vue clocher et église

    Arlempdes is an impressive sight appearing as it does after a bend in the road. The village stands at the top of a volcanic peak that the Loire encircles in a meander and the ruins of its castle serve as backdrop for the "Théâtrales du Velay" drama festival every summer.

    Themes

    • By the waterside : The river Loire
    • Castles and ramparts : The castle
    • Gastronomy : The green Puy lentils

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    On the borders of Charente and Périgord, Aubeterre clings its entangled roofs and castle to a grassy cliff on the banks of the Dronne. The monolithic or rock-hewn underground Church of Saint Jean, the Collegiate Church of Saint Jacques and chapels and convents are evidence of the village’s significant religious past and pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela used to stop here.

    Themes

      • Abbeys and churches : Underground Church of Saint Jean, Collegiate Church of Saint Jacques, Poor Clare, Franciscan and Minim convents
      • By the waterside :
      • Castles and ramparts : The castle

      River Dronne

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    Autoire has nestled its square pigeon lofts, its brown tiled roofs and its country and small manor houses in the hollow of a cirque on the limestone plateau between Figeac and Gramat. In this arid land, only the Autoire, a fast-flowing stream that lends its name to the village, brings freshness from its waterfalls.

    Themes

    • Castles and ramparts : Chateau des Anglais, Limargue Castle, Busqueille Castle

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    • Balazuc grange

    Perched on a cliff overlooking the Ardèche, the old fortress belonging to the "Lords of Balazuc" has kept many signs of its medieval past : a maze of winding streets and arched passageways have always been part of the village scenery along with the castle, the fortified Romanesque church and the outer gates.

    Themes

    • By the waterside : The river Ardèche
    • Castles and ramparts : The castle, Summer Gate and Sablière gate
    • Wine : AOC Côtes du Vivarais, Coteaux de l’Ardèche locally produced wine

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    • Bargème ruines château

    Bargème is the highest village in the Var : perched at a height of 1,097 m, it offers an unobstructed view of the valley. This listed site is overlooked by the towers of its medieval castle, which was partly devastated by the Wars of Religion, and will enchant all those who are fond of old buildings and medieval heritage.

    Themes

    • Castles and ramparts : The Sabran-de-Pontevès Castle

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    • Belcastel rue haute

    In this former stopping place on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, by the banks of the Aveyron, stone-built houses and roofs tiled with "lauzes" stone slabs rise in tiers at the foot of the fortified castle that was remarkably well restored in the late 1970s by architect Fernand Pouillon.

    Themes

    • By the waterside : The river Aveyron
    • Castles and ramparts : The castle

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