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The 14 prettiest villages in France

From Normandy to Provence, these are the winners of ‘France’s Favourite Village’ 2020 – add them to your travel list now

By Ellie Walker-Arnott
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Now that more countries are opening back up to international tourism again, our minds have turned to where we’re going to explore next. And the chocolate-box villages of France are a strong contender. But where to start?

It could be Hunspach, which has just been named the nation’s favourite village. The tiny town in the Alsace region won its new title as part of annual French TV show ‘Le Village Préféré des Français’. Tourism is expected to rise by 30 per cent in the town, thanks to its new crown. Luckily, for those looking to skip the crowds, another 13 delightful French villages appear on the competition shortlist – and they’re all among the most beautiful places to visit in France.

Here’s the full rundown of the best villages in France in 2020, as voted by the public, so you can start planning your picture-perfect road trip. Bon voyage!

The 14 best villages in France

Hunspach, France village
Hunspach, France village
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1. Hunspach, Alsace

It’s easy to see why Hunspach was voted number one: the settlement near the German border is all historic timbered-houses, neat shutters and technicolour flower boxes. Some of the homes even have ‘a special feature: curved glass panes, which allow residents to see without being seen,’ according to Le Parisien.

Les Anses-d'Arlet
Les Anses-d'Arlet
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2. Les Anses-d'Arlet, Martinique

This totally tropical village in the Caribbean island of Martinique, which is a French territory, came second in the competition.

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Ménerbes
Ménerbes
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3. Ménerbes, Provence

This historic, hilltop town in the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur came in third place.

Idyllic scenery at Pont-Aven, a commune in the Finistere department of Brittany (Bretagne) in northwestern France
Idyllic scenery at Pont-Aven, a commune in the Finistere department of Brittany (Bretagne) in northwestern France
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4. Pont-Aven, Brittany

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Chateau in Pierrefonds, France
Chateau in Pierrefonds, France
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5. Pierrefonds, Oise

ILE DE BATZ, FRANCE - 22 JUL 2019: View of the island from the sea.
ILE DE BATZ, FRANCE - 22 JUL 2019: View of the island from the sea.
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6. Batz-sur-Mer, Loire-Atlantique

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Trôo village, Loire Valley
Trôo village, Loire Valley
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7. Trôo, Loire Valley

France, Auvergne, Montpeyroux village
France, Auvergne, Montpeyroux village
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8. Montpeyroux, Auvergne

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Montfort L'Amaury; France
Montfort L'Amaury; France
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9. Montfort-l'Amaury, Île-de-France

Chablis
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10. Chablis, Yonne

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Aubeterre-sur-Dronne scenery with lavender
Aubeterre-sur-Dronne scenery with lavender
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11. Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, Charente

St Bertrand de Comminges, Pyrénées
St Bertrand de Comminges, Pyrénées
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12. Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges, Haute-Garonne

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Monet's garden at Giverny
Monet's garden at Giverny
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13. Giverny, Normandy

Typical church on coast of Corsica island in Cargese village, France
Typical church on coast of Corsica island in Cargese village, France
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14. Cargèse, Corsica

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Palombaggia beach seen from the water
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