The most beautiful villages in France


Hidden behind the ramparts, intertwined in a labyrinth of alleys, the houses of Mirmande have retained their beautiful stone facades and their old doors. After the disappearance, at the end of the 19th century, of silkworm farming, it was fruit production that ensured Mirmande its development and its reputation as well as the personalities who stayed there: the painter André Lhote who there lived and Haroun Tazieff who was mayor from 1979 to 1989.

Le Poët-Laval

About twenty kilometers from Montélimar, Le Poët-Laval has settled in the Jabron valley, in the middle of lavender and wheat.Former commandery of the Order of Hospitallers, the village has preserved the castle from this period, the remains of the Romanesque chapel of Saint-Jean-des-Commandeurs and the ramparts.

The Adhemar Guard

About twenty kilometers south of Montélimar, the white stones of La Garde-Adhémar dazzle with the sun of Drôme Provençale. From the top of its limestone spur, the village, which has kept its medieval ramparts, remains of the castle and old residences, offers a breathtaking view of the Rhône valley and the Vivarais mountains.


Dominated by its famous renaissance castle so dear to the Marquise de Sévigné, Grignan is a true concentrate of the art of living: gourmet restaurants including a starred restaurant, good wines (AOC Grignan-les-Adhémar), Colophon, a workshop-museum book and typography for lovers of beautiful letters and writing.
In the footsteps of the Marquise, you have to stroll along the small alleys flowered with old roses, push the doors of these old stone houses and discover treasures, cool off at the edge of the washhouse and get drunk with the scent of lavender.
Without forgetting the two major summer events: the Nocturnes Festivals at the Château de Grignan and the Festival de la Correspondance.


Dominating a plain bathed in lavender, the high perched houses of Montbrun-les-Bains protect the remains of an old medieval castle.
From fountains to fountains, the calades lead to the bottom of the village where the recently renovated spa establishment has been reviving for twenty years the benefits of an ancient spring ...