The 10 most beautiful villages of the PACA region

The Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur region is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in France. Its lavender fields, cicadas and enchanting climate are recognized throughout the world. If Marseille, Cannes or Nice attract many visitors every year, it is in the small villages that you have to go to fall totally under the charm of the region as in Alsace, Corsica or Brittany. Bathed by the sea or perched in the mountains, Petit Futé has selected for you its ten favourite villages from among the most beautiful villages in the PACA region

N°10 - Gordes, pearl of the Vaucluse

Classified as one of the "most beautiful villages in France", Gordes dominates the Cavaillon plain. Many artists, such as Marc Chagall or Victor Vaserely, have been seduced by this village. Its Renaissance castle, its calade streets typically Provençal and its dry stone houses are inexhaustible sources of inspiration. Located between the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and the plains of the Vaucluse, Gordes attracts many visitors every year

N°9 - Gourdon, Provençal balcony

Perched on a 760 m peak, Gourdon dominates the valley of the Wolf. In Provençal, Gordone means: fortified place on a rocky apic. This medieval village dates back to the 9th century, when the Counts of Provence wanted to isolate themselves from the county of Ventimiglia. Today, people come to practice paragliding or admire its sublime panorama which extends over 80 km, from Nice to Théoule, including the mouth of the Var or the Cap d'Antibes

N°8 - Lourmarin, a timeless village

The Renaissance castle is one of the treasures of this village. A true cultural centre, it welcomes artists in residence throughout the year. Lourmarin was also rented by Albert Camus who decided to end his life there. Indeed, how can you not succumb to its narrow spiral streets, its fountains and its Provençal way of life? Epicureans also appreciate the market where stands abound with local specialities. All these assets make Lourmarin one of the most beautiful villages in the PACA region

N°7 - Bargème, the Var seen from above

Perched at an altitude of 1,097 m, Bargème is the highest village in the Var and therefore one of the most beautiful villages in the PACA region. This feudal village delights lovers of the Middle Ages thanks to its castle destroyed by the Wars of Religion but of which we can still see, even today, the keep and the towers. Nestled in a green setting, Bargème has many typical chapels such as the Saint-Antoine chapel, one of the oldest in the department. Less than 20 km from the Verdon Gorges, it is one of the best places to immerse yourself in the heart of nature

N° 6 - Èze, a seaside resort of choice

Between Nice and Monaco, perched at an altitude of 400 m, Èze is a real green setting where it is pleasant to take refuge. Its exotic garden allows you to discover the lush Mediterranean vegetation and enjoy a splendid panoramic view of the Riviera. Its small beach is one of the quietest in the region. Little frequented because it is quite difficult to access, you can enjoy wild spaces that have become rare on the Côte d'Azur

N°5 - Peille, a charming medieval city

Located in the Alpes-Maritimes, in the hinterland of Menton and Monaco, Peille is one of the most famous medieval cities in the region. It was praised in music by Léo Ferré who took refuge there from time to time. Entirely built of the country's ashlar, it still breathes its glorious past on every street corner. The palace of the Lascaris, built on the cliffside in the 17th century, is a brilliant example of this

N°4 - Gigondas, oenophile city

The Romans called it Jucunditas, "joy and jubilation". It is undoubtedly this patronymic which destined Gigondas to become the wine-growing city that we know today! This village of 700 inhabitants is surrounded by more than 1,250 hectares of vineyards, at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail, a sumptuous massif carved out of limestone. Here you can visit the 9th century Sainte-Catherine church and the ruins of the medieval castle

N°3 - Sainte-Agnès, a high-perched village

A veritable viewpoint on the Mediterranean, Sainte-Agnès was once a defence post on the Franco-Italian border. With its 760 m altitude, it is today the highest coastal village in Europe. Easily accessible from Menton, Sainte-Agnès offers a breathtaking view of the Côte d'Azur and the beginning of the alpine arc. Its narrow cobbled streets give it an authenticity and an undeniable medieval look

N°2 - The unmissable Saint-Paul-de-Vence

It is certainly the most famous village in the Alpes-Maritimes. Saint-Paul-de-Vence enjoys an international reputation thanks to the various artists who have come to seek inspiration and tranquility, such as Simone Signoret and Yves Montand or Picasso. Today, this true open-air museum also attracts visitors for its rich heritage: do not miss the collegiate church which houses relics from the catacombs of Rome

N°1 - Roussillon, jewel of the Luberon

Roussillon is classified among the "most beautiful villages in France" and is one of the most important ochre deposits in the world. The yellow, brown and red of the stone, the green of the pine forest and the blue of the sky form a real palette of flamboyant colours! The village has long benefited from the trade in its natural pigments: the history of this industry can be discovered by visiting the Conservatoire des ocres et de la couleur, located in an old ochre factory. All these assets make Roussillon the most beautiful village in the PACA Region.

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