The Most Beautiful Villages of France posted: 2012-07-20 10:17:00
"Les Plus Beaux Villages de France", is an official selection process of the most beautiful villages in France. These villages have been selected for the quality of their heritage, their architecture and their environment. Obtaining this classification involves a rigorous selection process and retaining it requires constant efforts. We have created a page on our website hosting all the villages that are found while walking the Camino de Santiago. Take a look at some of these beautiful villages below with links to the official website.
Le Puy Route - Section 4 Cahors to Lectoure
Cahors is situated in a loop of the curvaceous river Lot and is surrounded by hills. Originally the site of Celtic and Roman settlers, Cahors' architecture flourished in the 14th Century under the influence of the local Pope, John XXII.
Lauzerte has been listed since April 1990 as one of the "Most Beautiful Villages of France". Perched above the valleys and hills of Quercy Blanc, this fortified village founded in the 12th-century by the Count of Toulouse. It is located on the "via Podiensis", one of the pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela. Many traces of its historical and religious past still remain intact. The main square and its cobblestones, stone-built or half-timbered houses, and the pilgrim's garden to name but a few.
The village of Auvillar is also officially recognised as one of the most beautiful villages of France. A hilltop village, largely built of local red brick, Auvillar enjoys an imposing view over the Garonne Valley. Auvillar is revealed through one of the 3 gateways that cut through its fortifications. Then, it leads to the square where a circular corn exchange can be admired - the only one of its kind in Southwest France.
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