Panoramas

  • This old fortified village overlooks the Upper Allier valley and is on the Régordane Way that linked Auvergne to the Languedoc. It used to be an important stopping place for merchants importing goods from the South of France and for pilgrims on their way to Compostela via Le Puy en Velay. The imposing houses with their stone walls and arcades whose tall facades stand firm against the gusting Cévennes winds bear witness to those prosperous times.

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    • Castles and ramparts : Tour de Rochely tower and 2 fortified gates
    • Gastronomy : Salt meats
    • Panoramas : View of the Upper Allier valley

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  • Perched on a hill overlooking the Lot valley, this old fortified village in the Albi region has managed to preserve its medieval character despite the passing of the years and wars : remains of the walls and castle, fortified gates, etc. Besides the charm of its white-fronted or half-timbered houses, the village boasts two religious buildings : the churches of Saint Nicolas and Sainte Foy which are both decorated with 16C frescoes.

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    • Panoramas : View from the terrace of La Toque Blanche restaurant

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  • The fortified village of Puycelsi watches over Grésigne Forest from the top of a rocky plateau overlooking the Vère valley. 14C and 15C houses made of stone, wood and brick are revealed behind more than 800 m of ramparts and the rampart walk offers wonderful views of the surrounding scenery.

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    • Castles and ramparts : Ramparts, double entry gate of l’Irissou
    • Unusual sights : Conservation orchard for old fruit species
    • Panoramas : View of Grésigne Forest, the Vère valley and the Quercy causses (limestone plateau) from the rampart walk
    • Wine : AOC Gaillac wines

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  • Situated in the heart of the biggest ochre deposit in Europe, Roussillon blazons forth its difference through an astonishing palette of flaming colours. As you wander its narrow streets and stairways and gaze upon its facades, which are often quite plain and naturally beautiful, you will be admiring the result of age-old know-how.

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    • Unusual sights : The ochre cliffs and quarries
    • Panoramas : View of Mont Ventoux and the Luberon
    • Wine : AOC Côtes du Luberon wines

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    • Saint-Cirq-Lapopie toits et façades

    Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is perched on a cliff overlooking a meander of the Lot and is a masterpiece of medieval architecture. Surveyed by the fortified church, the houses with their sloping, brown-tiled roofs are a harmonious sight lining the picturesque alleyways. This spot has attracted both artists and writers such as André Breton who used to take up residence in the village in summer.

    Themes

    • By the waterside : The river Lot
    • Castles and ramparts : Saint-Cirq-Lapopie castle
    • Gastronomy : Foie gras
    • Panoramas : View of the Lot Valley and the Causse du Quercy limestone plateau
    • Wine : Quercy wines

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    Saint-Suliac offers a panoramic viewpoint of the Rance estuary. For a long time it was a village of trawler men who fished off Newfoundland and the statue of the Virgin de Grainfollet watched over these fishermen. In the narrow streets where children play as they come out of school, flowers grow between the granite stones of the magnificent houses. A tide mill, old salt marshes, a menhir or standing stone are just some of the local treasures to admire in an exceptionally well-preserved site.

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      • Abbeys and churches : The 12C church and its cemetery
      • By the waterside :

      • Panoramas : View of the port and estuary from the statue of the Virgin of Grainfollet
      • Unusual sights :

      Old Viking camp The river Rance

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    In the heart of the "Parc Naturel Régional du Queyras" Nature Park, at a height of 2042 m, Saint-Véran prides itself on being the highest inhabited village in Europe. In the village, which is made up of several quarters, the wood and stone chalets tiled with slate, the fountains, bread ovens and sundials are all typical of "everyday" local heritage, while the many chapels and mission crosses bear witness to the inhabitants’ beliefs.

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      • Panoramas : View from Notre Dame de Clausis chapel
      • Unusual sights : t

      he Mission Cross and traditional houses

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    • Sainte-Agnès calade sous voûte

    Sainte-Agnès is perched at an altitude of 800m and offers a wonderful panoramic view of the Mediterranean. It used to protect the Franco-Italian border on the Maginot line and was a coveted military site for a long time. Today, the village offers visitors seeking authenticity its narrow paved streets, its unobstructed view of the French Riviera and its sunny weather.

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    • By the waterside : Mediterranean Sea
      • Panoramas : View of Menton bay and the Italian border from the castle site
      • Unusual sights :

      Fort de la Ligne Maginot fortress

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  • Situated between Laval and Le Mans, Sainte-Suzanne is perched at a height of 70 meters above the Erve valley. Known for having braved William the Conqueror, the medieval town has kept a rich patrimony from this time. The origins of Sainte-Suzanne are older though. The Erves dolmen (the oldest monument of Mayenne) and recent archaeological excavation prouve that the site existed five or six centuries B.C...

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    • Castles and ramparts : the ramparts and the medieval dungeon, the Renaissance castle
    • Panoramas : view from the dungeon and the castle
    • Unusual sights : the Erves dolmen

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    Salers stands at an altitude of 950 m in the "Parc Naturel Régional des Volcans d’Auvergne" Nature Park and is a site not to be missed in the region. It is a unique 16C architectural whole and its old houses made of dark lavastone and topped with turrets give the village an austere charm. Among the wealth of treasures to be found in the fortified town are the Church of Saint Mathieu with five 17C Aubusson tapestries, an entombment and a polychrome lectern.

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    • Castles and ramparts : Remains of the ramparts, Beffroi and Martille gates
    • Gatronomy : Salers beef, Salers cheese, carrés de Salers cakes, an aperitif
    • Panoramas : View of Puy Violent and the Cantal Mountains from the esplanade de Barouze

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