Les Plus Beaux Villages de France
Les Plus Beaux Villages de France or "The most beautiful villages of France" is an independent association, created in 1982, that aims to promote small and picturesque French villages of quality heritage. As of 2008, 152 villages in France have been labelled as the "Plus Beaux Villages de France".
There are a few criteria before entering the association: the population of the village must not exceed 2,000 inhabitants, there must be at least 2 protected areas (picturesque or legendary sites, or sites of scientific, artistic or historic interest), and the decision to apply must be taken by the town council.
Similar associations have been set up in Wallonia (Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie), Quebec (Les Plus Beaux Villages du Québec), Italy (I Borghi Piu Belli d'Italia) and Spain (Los pueblos más bonitos de España).
- 1 Quality, promotion, and development
- 2 List of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France
- 2.1 Alsace
- 2.2 Aquitaine
- 2.3 Auvergne
- 2.4 Brittany
- 2.5 Burgundy
- 2.6 Centre
- 2.7 Champagne-Ardenne
- 2.8 Corsica
- 2.9 Franche-Comté
- 2.10 Île-de-France
- 2.11 Languedoc-Roussillon
- 2.12 Limousin
- 2.13 Lorraine
- 2.14 Lower Normandy
- 2.15 Midi-Pyrénées
- 2.16 Nord-Pas-de-Calais
- 2.17 Pays de la Loire
- 2.18 Picardy
- 2.19 Poitou-Charentes
- 2.20 Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
- 2.21 Rhône-Alpes
- 2.22 Upper Normandy
- 2.23 Overseas departments and territories of France
- 3 See also
- 4 External links
Quality, promotion, and development
The mission of the association is to preserve, promote and develop cultural and natural heritage in the villages.
Villages' urban and architectural quality are regularly evaluated.
A guidebook of the most beautiful villages of France is edited by Reader's Digest (French only).
List of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France
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