Created in 1982, the “Les Plus beaux Villages de France” association now brings together nearly 160 villages spread throughout the country. During the selection process, members are carefully inspected on the village’s potential. Indeed, different criteria such as the number of inhabitants, classified sites and heritage protection are taken into account. What are the reasons for such a selection? The protection and promotion of the remarkable heritage of these municipalities and the fight against the desertification of villages.
Le Gard has the honour of welcoming 4 selected municipalities to its department. Discover the Most Beautiful Villages of France in the Gard through this article.
Montclus is a small picturesque village located in Provence Occitane and more precisely in the north of the Gard department. The town of Montclus is now one of the “Most Beautiful Villages in France”. And for good reason, a prime location at the exit of the Cèze Gorge, offering an unusual landscape surrounded by lavender and vines. In addition to its privileged location, the village also has many historical and architectural treasures. Indeed, visitors particularly appreciate the charm of the alleys, composed of white stone houses, vaults and amazing vegetation.
What to visit in Montclus:
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La Roque-sur-Cèze is a small medieval village classified among the most beautiful villages in France. The latter is located in the north of the Gard department, about thirty kilometres west of Orange. One of the particularities of this municipality is its surprising geographical location. Indeed, perched on a steep hill, it overlooks the Cèze river. At the foot of the village, La Roque-sur-Cèze is worthy of a pretty postcard. After a short ascent, it also offers a magnificent view of the surrounding landscape. This picturesque setting will give you a very beautiful view of the vast expanses of vineyards and the Cascades du Sautadet.
What to see at La Roque-sur-Cèze:
In the village itself, you can find some monuments and buildings dating from the 12th century, such as the castle, the Romanesque chapel or the Charles Martel bridge.
Located downstream of the bridge, find one of the region’s most important attractions: the Cascades du Sautadet. This exceptional natural site adds a significant interest to the charming village. If it is forbidden to swim at the waterfalls, you will find only a few minutes’ walk from the small beaches along the Cèze river. The 4-star Les Cascades campsite offers direct access to the site, allowing you to discover this superb place at your leisure.
To stay in the perched and atypical villages, discover Aiguèze, located at the top of a cliff overlooking the gorges of the Ardèche. This picturesque and medieval village is located at the crossroads of three departments: Gard, Ardeche and Drôme. The authentic appearance of this ancient fortress seduces visitors every year. Finally, the town offers you two different landscapes: on one side the sumptuous gorges of the Ardèche, and on the other, impressive vineyards.
What to see in Aiguèze:
Declared one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France in 2016, Lussan is a key municipality in the region. Indeed, it has many attractions for visitors, starting with its rich historical heritage. Lussan also overlooks the Cèze valley thanks to its high location on a limestone plateau. Beyond its ramparts, the village offers an impressive panoramic view of Mont Bouquet and Mont Ventoux.
What to see in Lussan: