After two tourist years marked by the Covid-19, many French people are still betting on France for the 2022 summer holidays or the long weekends to come, such as during the Ascension Bridge for example.
The Likibu analyzed the number of Google searches made by tourists, associated with the queries “what to do”, “what to see” and “what to visit” in more than 30,000 French villages.
Thanks to the data collected, the holiday rental comparator was able to establish the list of the 10 most sought-after villages, some of which are classified among the Most Beautiful Villages in France. “If it is the villages of south-eastern France and the Norman villages that seem to arouse the curiosity of French tourists the most, there are also charming Breton, Pyrenean, Corsican, Savoyard or Alsatian villages”details the press release.
In accordance with the definition of “village”, only municipalities with less than 2,000 inhabitants were taken into account to draw up this classification.
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Located on one of the variants of the Camino de Santiago, the medieval city of Rocamadour is a small village on the edge of a cliff located in the south of central France in the Lot. A place of pilgrimage and sanctuary renowned for its Grotte des Merveilles, its Monkey Forest and the Gouffre de Padirac, it overlooks the Dordogne valley and welcomes many French and foreign tourists every year.
A small village in the Normandy region, Giverny hosted the painter Claude Monet for around forty years. His house and garden are also accessible to the public. An ideal destination for a weekend less than 2 hours from Paris.
3- Les Baux-de-Provence
Located in the heart of the Alpilles massif, the village of Les Baux-de-Provence is today more of a place designed for tourists. Few people live there year round. It is particularly famous for its castle-fortress as well as for its Carrières des Lumières located at the entrance of the village.
On the road that provides access to the village of Gordes, in the Luberon, one never tires of admiring this magnificent place perched in the heart of the Vaucluse mountains, whose houses are made of limestone and dry stone walls.
This village in the Basque Country is located in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department, just a few kilometers from the Spanish border. It is also a very popular stage for lovers of hiking in France.
Considered the pearl of Lake Geneva, the village of Yvoire is renowned for “its stone houses with wooden balconies, its splendid square keep, its gates and fortifications” which offer a view of the shores of the lake and the snow-capped Alps, specifies Likibu in its press release.
Elected favorite village of the French in 2021, Sancerre is very popular with tourists for its small streets, its vineyards and its castles.
Located in Haute-Corse, the village of Saint-Florent is a must for nature lovers. The nature reserve of the Agriates desert offers access to magnificent swimming spots, which are among the most beautiful beaches in Corsica.
Impossible to pass by the abbey church of Conques, whose stained glass windows were painted by Pierre Soulages, without stopping. Located in the Aveyron, this small village is an essential step towards Compostela.
Located on the Alsace wine route, the village of Riquewihr will delight wine enthusiasts. In winter, the magic of Christmas pervades the half-timbered houses and cobbled streets where local markets and traditional events take place.
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