The most beautiful villages of France
Europe is the undisputed leader of tourist trips, attracts millions of visitors from around the world. The people who first going to travel, prefer to visit cities like Rome, Venice, Paris, Vienna, Madrid, Barcelona and other completely forgetting about the cosy places in which tourists will be much smaller, but positive emotions and vivid pictures in some cases even more.
Such places are, of course, European villages, preserve national customs and traditions in their original form. France in this respect has progressed further than others in the country, the Association was established, was awarded the title of «most beautiful villages of France» the most attractive settlements. Honorary status by 2015 were vested in 158 villages.
French village with a population of only 73 people got upset many years ago around the stately castle, which adds to the fantastic atmosphere of all that is happening here. It is situated in the heart of the state in the vast Beaux-arts, and refers to the Department of the cher. In the early XX century were carried out restoration of local buildings and homes that are now striking abundance of fragrant flowers, and incredible grooming.
The spirit of antiquity is in the air and fascinates each and every tourist on the streets did not find any modern advertising or signs on rural roads the cars are driven very rarely, while cleanliness and neatness of reality worthy of praise. The local administration together with the villagers carefully maintain order and not allow time and weather to spoil the impression from their native Apremont-sur-Allier.
The main attraction of the village is the castle, which resulted in proper form entrepreneur in love with Eden Schneider for his beloved Antoinette, his owner. Among the sites to visit include the carriage house Museum and Botanical garden with the English Park on the territory of which grow fine and very rare species of plants, shrubs and trees.
One of the most beautiful provinces of France – Chateauneuf – has a special historical and cultural value, as the first local building to be built here in the XII century on the orders of Jean de Sodini, and to this day it retains its original appearance. The village itself is located within Burgundy, Department of côte d’or and has only 82 residents.
The main attraction of châteauneuf — eponymous castle. His story was full of interesting events, meet with whom will be interesting for tourists of any age. After Jean de Sodini left the castle in the inheritance to his son Jean de châteauneuf First, it for the next three centuries was the family home of the family. However, rich rod was broken on the Catherine de châteauneuf, which at the time of the Inquisition, was found guilty in the death of her husband and was burned at the stake as a witch. And then the old building passed into the possession of the Duke of Burgundy Philip III the Good.
Then the Duke of Burgundy wished to convey the castle of Philippe Pot, who served as his chief adviser. Pete was a kind and caring host: he completed construction of new facilities, improved existing rooms and halls, tidied the garden and surrounding areas. However, EA soon died, after which the castle constantly changed its owners, until in the eighteenth century moved to a wealthy banker, who sold all his wealth, that contain Royal symbols, and then put it up for auction.
The beginning of the twentieth century was marked by the assignment of a castle, the title of the historic monument, which has allowed to restore it and turn it into a tourist place. Among other things, on the grounds of the castle and is to this day the tomb of the most caring owner – Phillip Sweat.
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Of gerberoy is truly the most picturesque village in France, every house which turned into a work of art. And although the population is small and is only 88 people, the local excellent job of preserving the beauty and pristine of their native area and keeping it clean and tidy.
Almost all the buildings here demonstrate the impact on their architecture and decor of the Norman conquerors, Ile-de-France or Picardy: neat houses made of colored brick, stone, clay, Adobe blocks and wooden beams. In 1901 lived in gerberoy is the artist Henri Le Cinader planted and made a beautiful garden, which later was constantly depicted on his canvases. The artist was able to convince the other villagers to decorate their houses with clematis and roses, which to this day is the hallmark of the province.
Near the settlement there is a hill with a magnificent view of the village and its surroundings. On the hill specially set up benches for everyone to enjoy the beauty of gerberoy is filled with flowers. The name, which translates as «king’s sheaves» associated with the history of the village: one of the houses you can see the Royal Lily and the numbers «1691», which presumably is the date of laying of the first local brick.
The village is situated on the territory of the Department of Charente-Maritime on the coast of the Gironde river and composed of not less than 100 inhabitants. But this circumstance does not affect the number of tourists constantly coming here to enjoy the magnificent nature and historical attractions of the area. The municipality has its own distinctive feature – almost everything here is made in white color and only a vivid floral compositions harmoniously dilute it.
The oldest building in Talmont-sur-Gironde refers to the eleventh century. This is the Church of the Holy Radegunda, the wife of one king, who was dissatisfied with the conduct of an idle life, and nearly all of their time spent on helping the poor, physical labor for the benefit of monasteries and hospitals. The temple came to the modern inhabitants in the rubble, but the remains of the walls and columns are still preserved decorative image and jewelry of the time.
The Church is in the centre of the settlement around it was once built. The village always had to restore the effects Frankish wars, because it was built first as a military fortification and not as a peaceful province. Today it is quiet and peaceful, everything has a wonderful holiday atmosphere of friendship and kindness.
Another village, which was built as a military fortification Sant’antonio, located in the Department Upper Corsica and is the title of the most beautiful villages since 1982, the year of Foundation of the Association itself. The province exists since the IX century, it was built in a beautiful but very remote place, surrounded by rocky cliffs.
Sant Antonio is often called the «eagle’s nest of Corsica» because of its high location relative to sea level is 500 metres away. The nature of this region is characterized by the beauty of the surrounding sea, abundance of olive groves and ancient stones, warm climate. The village itself is very narrow streets, constantly winding and going up and down, and the little houses of carefully worked stone.
After visiting the province, you can explore the other attractions of the island: the bridge Bastia, Ajaccio and Bonifacio, the archipelago Sanganer, the Scandola nature reserve or national Park near the village Drunk.