Unusual sights

    • Aiguèze escaliers

    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.

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    • 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-surl'Anglin Jours

    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"...

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

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    • Auvillar vue clocher église

    A stopping place on the pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela between Toulouse and Agen, on the banks of the Garonne, Auvillar is revealed through one of the 3 gateways that cut through its fortifications and lead to the square where a circular corn exchange can be admired – the only one of its kind in Southwest France.

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    • By the waterside : The river Garonne
    • Unusual sight : The circular corn exchange

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    • belvès halles

    Belvès is a medieval town perched on a rocky spur above the Nauze Valley in Périgord Noir. It boasts 7 bell towers and although it endured invasions and wars, it has miraculously managed to preserve superb relics of its built heritage.

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    • Unusual sights : Cave dwellings

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    • Beuvron-en-Auge pommiers

    Beuvron was a former stronghold of the Harcourt family and lies in the heart of Pays d’Auge country on the Cider Route. It is just like a picture postcard with its half-timbered houses, its market and country houses scattered around the countryside.

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    • Gastronomy : Beuvron cider, Cider and Cheese Routes
    • Unusual sights : Place de la Halle or Market Square

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    • Beynac-et-Cazenac rue tour carrée

    Beynac-et-Cazenac lies 10 kilometres southwest of Sarlat, on the banks of the Dordogne, and boasts an imposing castle, once besieged by Richard the Lion Heart, around which "lauze" stone slab-roofed houses with their creamy façades are built.

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    • By the waterside : The river Dordogne
    • Castles and ramparts : Beynac Castle
    • Gastronomy : Geese and ducks
    • Unusual sights : The Archaeological Park

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    • Capdenac-le-Haut vue

    Within a stone's throw from Figeac, the medieval fortress of Capdenac-le-Haut is built high up more than 110 meter above a meander of the Lot river. The village is also one of the most important Gallo-Roman site of the region, known as the seat of the last Caesar's battle in Gaul.

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    • Castles and ramparts : dungeon, fortified doors and ramparts
    • Panoramas : Views of the Lot valley from the dungeon and the terrace of Sault
    • Unusual sights : Caesar's Fountain and Gallic well

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    • Charroux vue haute

    A short break in Charroux in the Bourbonnais, just 30 kilometres west of Vichy and 20 kilometres south of Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule, promises great charm and difference ! The village is famous for its mustard that is used by several great chefs and exported around the world, but this former fortified village and centre of trade has other things to show off too.

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    • Castles and ramparts : the ramparts, the East and West gates
    • Gastronomy : Charroux Mustard
    • Unusual sights : the "Cour des Dames" (small inner courtyard in the centre of the village), the truncated spire of the Saint-Jean-Baptiste church

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    • Coaraze église

    Coaraze lies at an altitude of 650 m, not far from Mercantour National Park, and is known as "sunshine village". The steep cobblestone lanes, arch-covered passageways, houses built of stone or painted blue, yellow or pink in Italian style and the flower-decked squares have attracted many artists and celebrities, some of whom, such as Jean Cocteau or Ponce de Léon, signed the village’s sundials.

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    • Gastronomy : Olives and olive oil
    • Unusual sights : The sundials

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    • Collonges-la-Rouge église

    The matchless red sandstone is the hallmark of this former stronghold of the Counts of Turenne. It is everywhere : beneath the "lauze" stone-slab or slate roofs of the impressive 15C and 16C houses, and adorning the corn and wine mart and the Church of Saint Pierre too.

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    • Unusual sights : Maison de la Sirène (Mermaid’s House)

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