Fairytale settings, charming houses, handcrafted products and lots of history are some of the reasons to pay a visit to the beautiful medieval towns of southern France.

Fairytale settings do exist and they are located south of the France. There are several charming medieval towns that are concentrated in the region, famous for an incomparable blue sky and the rich nature that surrounds it.

This privileged region, surrounded by a lot of beauty, also carries a lot of history. There is a lot to see, feel and discover in the small and charming villages of south of france, surrounded by walls, picturesque villages and impressive ruins.

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In addition to beautiful and inspiring landscapes, the south of france It holds important vestiges of world history, the Middle Ages and the Roman colonization and influence in the country.

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Known as the “City of Popes”, Avignon carries more than two thousand years of history in its streets. Situated on the banks of the River Rhône, the city has an older part, all fortified. There were seven Popes who reigned in Avignon, seat of the Catholic church from 1309 to 1377, so be sure to visit one of the main and most imposing attractions in the city, the Palace of the Popes. The beautiful building is the largest Gothic palace in Europe.

From July to August, the traditional festival of Avignon takes place, one of the biggest in France, bringing together lots of music, performances, theater and much more. With so much to see and feel in the city, it's no wonder that Avignon It was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1995.


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the charming carcassone seems to have come out of fairy tale books – the city is said to have been the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's castle. There are 52 towers and more than three kilometers of double wall that impress anyone and can be seen on foot or on a carriage ride. The beautiful village, which borders Spain and is in the department of Aude, had its origins as a Celtic village and became a beautiful medieval city, now declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

In summer, knights' tournaments take place between its beautiful walls, an unmissable attraction that takes tourists to a true insertion into the medieval period. Do not let to check carcassone at night, where the scenic lighting makes the fortified part of the city dazzling.


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The charming village with just over 200 residents grew up around the imposing Abbey of Sainte-Foy, one of the crossing points on the way to Santiago de Compostela. conques, today, it reveals great treasures, such as an architecture preserved in the Romanesque style contrasting with the beautiful nature around it, which earned it the title of World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Les Baux-de-Provence

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The city it is a must stop and one of the most unusual places you will visit in France. The small village, today without residents, is on top of a mountain and the little houses blend in and blend in with the stones. Full of legends and shops, Les Baux-de-Provence takes the tourist to a unique experience.


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Roman, medieval and contemporary, Nimes it is a unique city in the world. From the beautiful fountains of the 19th century, when it was a thriving industrial city, to its majestic intact Roman temple, one of the famous monuments that are a heritage of Rome, everything enchants.

Take a few hours to walk through the old city center and marvel at historical heritage from different periods that make Nîmes a true treasure of humanity.


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There are more than 200 steps that take visitors from Rocadamour to your sanctuary. The city is famous for being a point of religious pilgrimage, but it is also one of the most beautiful villages in the country and one of the most visited by tourists as well. The region in which the city is located, near the Regional Natural Park of Causses de Quercy, was the battleground of a series of historic conflicts that took place in the south of France.

In addition to the religious part, which is quite present, Rocadamour It has several small shops and very charming intact medieval houses.


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the charming narbonne is located just 100 kilometers from the French-Spanish border. Relatively small, the graceful town can be explored on foot in a few hours. Take the opportunity to be dazzled by gems from past centuries, such as the impressive Cathedral of Saint Just and the Merchans Bridge, an ancient merchant crossing.

In addition, along the way you will surely discover several museums and medieval buildings. Be sure to visit Les Halles market, which offers local products such as wines and honey.  


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the charming Roussillon It is a mandatory stop for anyone visiting the region of Provence, in the south of France. In addition to the medieval village, full of charming Provencal houses and shops, the city has an incredible walk along the Ocher Du Luberon Park. Ocher is a very famous natural element in the city and was used in the first cave paintings.

The city concentrates several of the old mines for the exploration of ocher open for tourists to visit. There are several paths and trails to go through and be dazzled by the intense color of the ocher contrasting with the native vegetation. A true and unmissable show of colors!


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A city that exudes charm, full of flowery gardens and impressive buildings. The great attraction of Albi It is a cathedral in honor of Santa Cecilia, declared a historical heritage by UNESCO. Albi is also the birthplace of the great impressionist painter Tolouse Lautrec, which has a beautiful museum in his honor, bringing together some of his works and a wonderful garden.

The houses that surround the River Tarn and a medieval bridge that crosses it form the perfect setting for beautiful pictures at sunset.


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Located in the Luberon region of southern France, fat It is one of the most beautiful villages in the country. At the highest point of the city it is possible to notice, among the stones, a beautiful Renaissance castle, a church and several charming white houses. Everything in the city refers to the past, like the Village des Bories, ruins of stone huts built in Celtic times.

Very close to there is also the Notre Dame de Senanque Abbey, from the twelfth century, which in the months of July and August is full of lavender around it, forming a unique landscape.

Cordes sur Ciel

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The small town is located high on a hill in the Cerou valley in southern France. Cordes-sur-Ciel it is considered one of the most beautiful French villages. During the summer there are parties that take tourists to another time and where residents go back in time, wearing medieval clothes and artifacts. The place has workshops and museums, as well as charming houses with Gothic facades.


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As its name implies, this beautiful French village is all red. The architecture of the houses and their roofs in crimson tones form a stunning sight. Founded in the 8th century, the charming medieval city It houses an 11th century church and a watchtower from the same period.


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