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Les Plus Beaux Villages de France

Published: November 2009
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Les Plus Beaux Villages de France is an association created in 1982 with the aim to preserve and develop the small communities with rich historical and cultural heritage. The members of association are selected according to 30 criteria by a special commission. The three fundamental criteria are :
— population less than 2000
— at least two monuments sites belonging to protected heritage (monument historique)
— municipal strategy of protection and development of historical heritage.

27 objective criteria are set to evaluate the quality of the architecture and landscape, preservation of environment, urban planning, etc.

The list of selected villages is disclosed on the website of the association les-plus-beaux-villages-de-france.org and in the tourist guide, published by the edition of Readers’ Digest.

Currently 151 villages are listed as “the most beautiful villages of France”, 18 of them you will find in the region Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur (only the region of Midi-Pyrenees surpasses that number with 29 most beautiful villages).

The villages of Provence listed as “The Most Beautiful Villages of France”:
Les-Baux-de-Provence (Alpilles, dep. Bouches-du-Rhone)
Moustiers-Sainte-Marie (Natural Regional Park Verdon, dep. Var)
Ansois (Natural Regional Park Luberon, dep. Vaucluse)
Gourdon (dep. Alpes-Maritimes)
Venasque (dep. Vaucluse)
Tortour (dep. Var)
Seillans (dep. Var)
Séguret (dep. Vaucluse)
Sainte-Aignès (dep. Alpes-Maritimes)
Saint-Véran (Natural Regional Park Queyras, dep. Hautes-Alpes)
Roussillon (Natural Regional Park Luberon, dep. Vaucluse)
Ménebres (Natural Regional Park Luberon, dep. Vaucluse)
Lourmarin (Natural Regional Park Luberon, dep. Vaucluse)
La Grave (massive des Ecrins, dep. Hautes-Alpes)
Gordes (Natural Regional Park Luberon, dep. Vaucluse)
Gassin (dep. Var)
Coaraze (Natural Regional Park Mercantour, dep. Alpes-Maritimes)
Bargème (dep. Var)

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