The Beautiful Villages of France Association is taking part in a 2CV Rally from Paris to Cannes (Rallye 2CV La Route des Villages Paris-Cannes®) 12-19 May 2019 calling in to 20 or more Beautiful Villages (Plus Beaux Villages) en route. Amongst the villages visited will be
- Charroux ( 03 Allier, ARA)
- Gordes (84 Vaucluse, PACA)
- Les Baux de Provence (13 Bouches-du- Rhone, PACA)
- Saint Enimie (48 Lozere, Occitanie)
- Salers (16 Cantal, ARA)
- Tourtour (83 Var, PACA)
- Vezelay (89 Yonne, BFC)
There is another shorter 2CV rally 3-6 September 2019 Paris–Deauville (14 Calvados, Normandie) calling at these “beautiful” villages:
- Gerberoy (60 Oise, Hauts de France)
- La Roche-Guyon (60 Oise, Hauts de France)
- Le Bec Hellouin (27 Eure, Normandie)
- Lyons la Foret (27 Eure, Normandie)
It is not on either route, but the association which represents the most beautiful villages in France (Les Plus Beaux Villages de France) includes the medieval fortified village of Rodemack (57 Moselle, Grand Est).
The Citadelle of Rodemack hosts the annual Wine Market of the the most beautiful villages in France (Marché aux Vins des Plus Beaux Villages de France) 27 – 28 April 2019. There is a Medieval Festival in Rodemack (Cité Medieval en Fête) 29 – 30 June 2019 – see www.tourisme-ccce.fr
Rodemack is in the Pays des “Trois Frontières” or Land of the Three Frontiers, on the borders of France, Germany (which it is only 20 km away from) and Luxembourg (6 km) and it is steeped in these three cultures. The village is nicknamed “Petite Carcassonne Lorraine” and is still surrounded by 700 m of ramparts dating from the 15C. Entrance is via the fortified gate of Sierck, which was built by the inhabitants themselves in the 14C.
more information – see www.les-plus-beaux-villages-de-france.org
The Les Plus Beaux Villages de France classification requires that the village meets several criteria, including
- fewer than 2000 inhabitants
- at least two protected sites or monuments and
- must be really beautiful.
Just 159 villages in 14 régions and 70 départements make the official list of the prettiest villages of France (Les Plus Beaux Villages de France)
There are many holiday accommodation options near Rodemack including the B&B Le Clos du Verger, a renovated farmhouse, dating back to the 19th century just 7 km from the Moselle Vineyard and wine route, with a garden and terrace.
Newly Published (april 2019):The Most Beautiful Villages of France: The Official Guide. – this illustrated guide revealsthe beauty of rural France, with visitor information for a wealth of attractive and interesting villages in France
Carefully selected each year, the French villages featured in this official guide are replete with historical, architectural, and natural riches. An introductory paragraph presents the history of each village, and is accompanied by recommendations for monuments, museums, and other places to visit.