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Here are the Plus Beaux Villages de France located in Provence and the South of France.

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Fortified Medieval village on the cliff-top overlooking the Ardèche. (northwest of Avignon)

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Ancient perched village north of Aix-en-Provence, with medieval chateau.

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The highest village in the Var, with the ruins of a medieval fortress and near the Route Napoleon.

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Les Baux-de-Provence

A very picturesque village with a royal history and high fortified ruins, sitting in the beautiful Alpilles mountains south of Avignon. Several museums; the Cathédral d'Images picture palace in a cave; olive oil mills.

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Picturesque perched village in the hills north of Nice.

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Perched medieval village in the Têt river valley 40 km SW of Perpignan.

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Lovely little village perched in the hills near Saint Tropez.

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Beautiful old village perched on the edge of the Plateau de Vaucluse cliffs, 12th-c castle; Borie stone village, nearby Senanque Abbey and lavender fields.

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One of the most picturesque of all the perched villages, with a château originated as a Saracen fortress in the 9th-12th centuries

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Medieval fortified village with an ancient but active Abbey, between Carcassonne and Narbonne.

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A popular little town in the Vaucluse department, with a Medieval castle

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A beautiful stone village perched along the top of a long ridge overlooking vineyards, occupied since neolithic times

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A lovely perched village in the Cathar region, NW of Narbonne; one of the Most Beautiful Villages of France.

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Montclus Gard

A tiny Medieval village perched beside an isolated part of the Cèze river. (northwest of Avignon)

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A lovely medieval village in a gorgeous setting, near the Gorges de Verdon, known for its faïence pottery. The 12th-century Notre-Dame church with its 4-level Italianate bell tower. Many gift and pottery shops, and excellent dining choices.

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La Roque-Gageac

A very picturesqe village on the bank of the Dordogne, with some houses built into the cliff, between Périgueux and Cahors.

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La Roque-sur-Cèze

Very picturesque village perched on a rocky peak, in the woods beside the Cèze river. (northwest of Avignon)

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This ocre-red village by the Plateau de Vauluse is one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France.

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Sainte Agnes

A little village perched on the flank of a mountain, high above the Mediterranean north of Menton.

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Sainte Enimie

A beautiful Medieval village at the top of the gorgeous Tarn Gorges directly beside the river, with kayaking, hiking, shops, restaurants.

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Saint Guilhem-le-Désert

Very picturesque village and abbey tucked together in a little valley beside the Hérault river, 40 km NW of Montpellier.

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Saint Véran

A beautiful perched village with house-barns and ancient sundials, in the Queyras mountains SE of Briançon.

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A picturesque little village overlooking the Côte de Rhône vineyards in the Vaucluse,

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A very ancient village nestled back against the base of a forested mountain.

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A tiny village in the central Var, called Pontus Tortorii in the 4th century.

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Medieval walled village with some lovely fountains, in the Vaucluse 35 km east of Avignon.

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Picturesque medieval village in the French Pyrenées, one of the "Most Beautiful Villages of France", and site of the Fort Liberia by Vauban.