Panoramas

  • The high set houses of Montbrun-les-Bains overlook a plain swathed in lavender and protect the ruins of a medieval castle. The narrow streets lead from one fountain to the next down to the bottom of the village where, for the past twenty years, the pump rooms have given a new lease of life to an ancient spring that has beneficial effects.

    Themes

    • By the waterside : The sulphur springs
    • Castles and ramparts : Ruins of the Renaissance castle
    • Panoramas : View of the plain and Mont Ventoux

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  • Just 20 kilometres from Clermont-Ferrand, on the old Régordane Way linking Auvergne to the Languedoc, this former winegrowing village lies perched on a hill and winds its feldspar-rich sandstone houses around its keep. This building has recently been restored and offers a wonderful view of the Allier valley.

    Themes

    • Panoramas : Views of the Allier valley and the Auvergne volcanoes

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  • 55 kilometres east of Perpignan, Mosset looks out over Castellane Valley from the top of its rocky spur. Besides the fine architectural heritage stemming from medieval times, the Catalan village, which covers 7,120 ha and has a 2,000 m variation in height, also boasts an exceptional wealth of flora and fauna.

    Themes

    • Unusual sights : La Tour des Parfums (fun, interactive and educational museum)
    • Panoramas : View of Castellane Valley

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    • Moustiers-Sainte-Marie portail chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Beauvoir

    Moustiers has established its houses and bustling streets in the indentation of a rock, right beside the Lac de Sainte-Croix and the Gorges du Verdon. It is famous for producing pottery (faïence) and the village still has some twenty workshops devoted to that craft today.

    Themes

    • By the waterside : Source of the River Adou, Lac de Sainte-Croix, Gorges du Verdon
    • Unusual sights : The "Chain" and its star linking the two rocky cliffs overhanging the village
    • Panoramas : View of the village and its site from a waymarked path leading to the "Chain"

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    • Najac ambiance rue

    Najac is built along a rocky ridge, overlooked by a fortress that was once the envy of Kings of France and England. Its "lauze" stone-slab-roofed houses stretch out above the wild gorges of the Aveyron. Take the rampart walk and you will get an amazing view of the wild open spaces around you.

    Themes

    • By the waterside : The Gorges of the Aveyron
    • Castles and ramparts : The 12C royal fortress
    • Gastronomy : Najac’s fouace
    • Panoramas : View of the village, the river and valley from the rampart walk

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    • Navarrenx façade arsenal

    At about 30 kilometers far from Pau, Navarrenx was founded as a "bastide" in 1316 and fortified in the 16th century which makes its particular urban structure. Navarrenx is also a stopping place on the pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela overlooking the river Oloron...

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    • By the waterside : the river Oloron
    • Castles and ramparts : fortifications
    • Panoramas : View on the river Oloron from the "Bastion de la Clochette"

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  • At 30 kilometers from Lyon, perched on a hill and surrounded by the Beaujolais vineyards, Oingt is one of the jewels of the "Pays des pierres dorées". With a medieval past, the village has kept from this time period the ancient chapel of the castle, the fortified door of Nizy, and a dungeon from which you will have a splendid vista on the valley of the Azergues river. In the heart of the village, ocre yellow facades houses are home of craftsmen and artists.

    Themes

    • Castles and ramparts : Dungeon, fortified door of Nizy, castel chapel
    • Unusual sights : International festival of barrel organs and Mechanical Music and museum
    • Panoramas : Views on the Azergues’ valley and the Lyonnais mounts from the dungeon
    • Wine : AOC Beaujolais wines

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  • Olargues is torn between the South of France and the Massif Central, but that’s no problem because it’s got a little bit of both ! Chestnut and cherry trees rub shoulders with vines and olive trees and the sun tries to heat up the chilly waters of the River Jaur. At the foot of the Caroux Mountains, the old fortified village attracts visitors not only because of its paved streets and covered passageways but also because it is ideally located for outdoor activities.

    Themes

    • By the waterside : River Jaur
    • Castles and ramparts : Remains of the ramparts, keep of the old castle which is now the church tower
    • Panoramas : Panoramic view from the church tower
    • Wine : AOC wines from Berlou and Roquebrun (Saint-Chinian)

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    • Pérouges vue

    36 kilometres north-east of Lyon, at the top of a hill overlooking the Rhône plain, this former weavers’ settlement has kept evidence of its medieval past within its double enclosure of walls : old 15C and 16C houses, unevenly paved streets, and the fortress church to name but a few. Contemporary lighting enhances the exceptional architectural unity.

    Themes

    • Castles and ramparts : Walls and fortified gates
    • Gastronomy : Sugared puff pastry cake
    • Unusual sights : Place aux Tilleuls square
    • Panoramas : View of the Rhône plain and the River Ain

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    • Peyre façades maisons

    This hamlet that belongs to the municipality of Comprégnac will have had an unusual destiny : just 7 kilometres from Millau, its creamy stone houses stretch out along a sheer cliff that faces the highest viaduct in the world. In front of the church that is built into the cliff face, an open square offers an unobstructed view of the viaduct and the green waters of the River Tarn.

    Themes

    • By the waterside : The river Tarn
    • Abbeys and churches : Church of Saint Christophe built into the rock
    • Panoramas : View of Millau Viaduct and the River Tarn

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