Gastronomy

    • Mornac-sur-Seudre chenal

    Mornac-sur-Seudre is an old fishing and commercial port which today focuses more on oyster farming and the salt produced by its marshes. As you wander through the village, which is a classic example of Charente coastal villages, you will discover its white painted houses with their green or blue shutters that are often hidden by hollyhocks.

    Themes

    • By the waterside : Atlantic Ocean
    • Gastronomy : Oysters and salt
    • Unusual sights : Les Mouettes miniature train (to discover Charente-Maritime)

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    • Najac vue d'ensemble

    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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    • Pérouges vue aérienne

    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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  • 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.

    Themes

    • 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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    • 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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    • Salers de nuit

    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.

    Themes

    • 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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    • Sare cheval

    "Saran Astia" : we have time in Sare is the motto of this village nestled at the foot of the legendary mountains of Axuria and La Rhune where traditions such as merry-making, sport and smuggling have travelled down the ages.

    Themes

    • Gastronomy : Basque gateau
    • Unusual sights : La Rhune train, a rack-and-pinion railway going up to the top of La Rhune Mountain

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    • Seillans Fontaine

    Seillans is just a few kilometres away from Fayence and has everything a typical Provencal village should have : houses arranged in tiers on the hillside, narrow paved streets, arched passageways, little squares where fountains babble, sunny weather and vistas of vineyards and olive groves. The spot appealed to the painter Max Ernst who spent the last years of his life here and whose work can be admired at the Tanning-Ernst Collection.

    Themes

    • Abbeys and churches : Chapel of Notre Dame de l’Ormeau, Church of SaintLéger (11C)
    • Castles and ramparts : Medieval castle, Sarrasine gate, tower, etc.
      • Gastronomy : Olive oil (celebration in November)
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      • Wine : AOC Côtes de Provence wines

      Tanning-Ernst Collection (engravings)

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    • Tourtour terrasses

    Perched at an altitude of 635 m, it is easy to see why Tourtour is nicknamed "the village in the sky of Provence". The stone houses topped with round tiles, Place des Ormeaux and its fountain, the arched passageways and narrow streets bathed in sunlight amid countryside of vineyards, lavender and pine trees : nothing is missing ! The walls of the medieval castle and the 17C castle tell several tales of the village’s past.

    Themes

    • Castles and ramparts : Walls of the medieval castle
    • Panoramas : View of the Maures Massif, the coast and Sainte Victoire Mountain from the esplanade in front of the church
    • Unusual sights : Fête de l’Oeuf (Egg Festival) (Easter Sunday and Monday)

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