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15 November 2023  |  Tourism

The beautiful villages in Nouvelle Aquitaine

Allow enough time to visit this region which is worth the detour with its villages, each more beautiful than the last, some of which are classified as the most "Beautiful Villages of France". Let's discover the villages that you can visit and learn more about their heritage.


Located about ten kilometers from Sarlat-la-Canéda, this unique medieval town, classified among the most beautiful in France, is worth the detour. With its Beynac castle, dating from the 12th century, it overlooks the village from the cliff. At the top you will see a very beautiful view with a breathtaking panorama of the beautiful valley with the pretty houses with blond stone facades.

Saint-Jean Pied-de-Port

In the heart of the Basque Country, and only 8 kilometers from the Spanish border, let yourself be seduced by this atypical and pleasant village. You will discover traditional Basque architecture with white facades and red shutters, but also historical monuments such as the Notre-Dame church and the Saint-Jacques gate. It is also a traditional stopover for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela.


Collonges-la-Rouge, an entirely red village in the middle of the greenery of nature. It is classified among the most beautiful villages in France, with its medieval streets and fortified towers for a very pleasant stroll through time.

Domme, ancient medieval bastide

Located in the Dordogne department, in Périgord Noir, Domme is an old medieval bastide. You can take advantage of a guided tour to discover the ramparts and the different gates which allowed access to the city which offers a view of the panorama of the Dordogne valley overlooking the castle of Montfort, the village of La Roque -Gageac and Beynac Castle.


Also appearing on the list of the most beautiful villages in France, it is the third most visited site in the country after Mont-Saint-Michel. It is an unmissable destination in the Dordogne. The village is located on the edge of a cliff, on the water's edge. The setting is most pleasant and calming. On site you will find the Romanesque church and the adjoining exotic garden. Saint-Emilion, the first vineyard listed by UNESCO Recognized as a cultural landscape, it is an exceptional landscape dedicated to viticulture whose villages are home to preserved historical monuments. The monolithic church is an old church where only the most courageous will climb the 118 steps which lead to the roof of the church, will have access to the breathtaking view of the city.


Sarlat has more than 66 historic or listed monuments, this town would also be referenced in the book of records for having the highest density and listed buildings. As you walk through the streets of the old town, medieval, known as art and history, don't forget to look up and admire the buildings. Don't miss the Saint-Sacerdos Cathedral and the Bishops' Palace. Don't forget to taste one of the region's specialties: foie gras or truffles. Since 1928, famous filmmakers have decided to use the medieval settings of Sarlat as filming locations for numerous cult films: for example, "Les Miserables", "The Daughters of d'Artagnan", "Joan of Arc" shot by Luc Besson, "The Last Duel", "Les Duellistes", highlighting the medieval castles as well as the cliff of La Roque-Gageac, the Beune valley and the streets of Sarlat. Famous filmmakers have decided to use the medieval settings of Sarlat as filming locations for numerous cult films: for example Les Misérables, Les Filles d'Artagnan, Joan of Arc.

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, Dordogne

Considered the capital of prehistory, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac is full of remains from the Paleolithic era. The village is hidden in the cliffs. Don't hesitate to visit the prehistory museum to learn more.

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Amélie Roca

I am a Community Manager for Pure France as well as the host of Pure France TV, presenting high quality rental homes all over France.

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