The Mystical Charm of the Countryside France

Nothing beats a walk around the French towns of gold stone, pink hued rocks and glimmering white houses with beautiful patios. Cobbled paths wander aimlessly to uncover the sculpted fountains, hidden squares and houses festooned with purplish-blue wisteria. The baffling towns shrouded up with vineries are a soothing retreat. France has an endless rundown of enigmatic and rustic towns which are somehow eclipsed by its chic and glamorous metropolitan areas. Here is our pick of the 5 most lovely of them at random

St-Emilion

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The medieval town of St-Emilion perches above vineyards and is famous for producing full-bodied, deeply shaded red wines and is undeniably the most beguiling of all the district’s wine towns. Named after Emilion, an iconic Benedictine monk who lived in a natural cave between AD 750 and 767, it soon transformed into a stop on itineraries, and the town and its vineyards are presently under UNESCO protection.

 St-Cirq Lapopie

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Village of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Lot, Midi-Pyrenees, France. Village de Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Lot, Midi-Pyrenees, France, 2012. Photo by Christian Clausier/ABACAPRESS.COM

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Faltering at the crest of a sheer cliff high over the River Lot, little St-Cirq-Lapopie’s terracotta-topped houses and vertiginous roads tumble down the grandiose incline, offering unbelievable valley vistas. It’s a champion amongst the most otherworldly settings in the Lot.

 Yvoire

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A splendid, laid back medieval town, Yvoire, 16km west of Thonon on the banks of Lake Geneva, makes for an immaculate day trip. The town is a horde of turrets and towers, stone houses and festooned boulevards.

 Eze

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This enchanting little town perched on an unfathomable peak, is the diamond in the Riviera crown. The main highlight is the medieval town centre itself, with little higgledy piggledy stone houses and twisting and turning ways (and a great deal of exhibitions and shops), and the spellbinding perspectives of the coast.

Mittelbergheim

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Serene, untouristy and set on an incline, Mittelbergheim sits amidst a sea of sylvaner grapevines and untamed tulips, its little streets are swayed with earthen-shaded houses with red tops.

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