A chocolate village renowned for its historic half-timbered houses has been named the most beautiful in France for 2020.
It won the title of favorite village of France during the annual television competition Le Village Préféré des Français.
The show describes him as a “wonder”.
He saw competition from 13 other charming preselected villages ranked after viewers voted for their favorite.
The short list includes a famous wine hamlet and the former home of an impressionist painter.
Scroll down to see the shortlist in reverse order, with the winner at the bottom
14th – Cargese on Corsica. According to Le Village Prefere des Francais, it is a “charming village” and has an architecture on “every street corner, which recalls its history”
13 – Giverny in Normandy. Impressionist Claude Monet lived and worked here from 1883 until his death in 1926. This photo shows the village pond he owned and the bridge he painted several times
12th – Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges in Haute-Garonne in the south-west of France. It is famous for its old Roman Catholic cathedral, in the photo, and is in a “majestic setting at the foot of the Pyrenees,” says the show.
11 – Aubeterre-sur-Dronne in the south-west of New Aquitaine. It has a population of only 386. The show says that the “real treasure” in the village is its “impressive monolithic church”
10th – the famous wine village of Chablis. “The Golden Gate of Burgundy”, as it is called, is the cradle of an ancient and prestigious vineyard, explains the show, which covers 4,500 hectares. And the surrounding terrain is “a real playground for hikers”
9th – the village of Montfort-l’Amaury, which dates back to the 11th century. The show describes him as “rich in many historic monuments”
8th – Medieval Montpeyroux in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, south-eastern France. The show says it is “one of the most beautiful villages in France” and strongly recommends enjoying the view from the top of its old tower (photo)
7th – Troo in the Loire Valley, an “ancient troglodyte town… built in the heart of the rocks of medieval times”
6th – Batz-sur-Mer on the Guérande peninsula in western France. This village stands on an expanse of salt marshes and “conceals real architectural and natural treasures … like the Saint-Guénolé church and the beaches dedicated to board sports”
5th – Pierrefonds, a village in the north of France best known for its castle, which “overlooks the whole village from its rocky plateau”
4th – Pont-Aven in Brittany. This village was popular in the 19th century with painters including Paul Gauguin. The show says the village is also well known for its stone walkways
3rd – Ménerbes in the Vaucluse in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The show says that many artists were “seduced by the authenticity of this village”, including Picasso
2nd – Les Anses-d’Arlet on the French island of Martinique in the Caribbean. The show says it has “sublime white sand beaches” and “colorful Creole houses”
1st – Hunspach in Alsace in the north-east of the country. The show says that the striking village is “a marvel at the heart of the Vosges du Nord regional natural park”. It has a population of 652 and is known for its 18th century half-timbered white houses