More Beautiful Villages in Southern France
A motorhome holiday is the perfect way to spend time winding through the glorious countryside of southern France. Avoid the traffic queues and motorways and visit the hidden but beautiful villages of the region. There are too many for us to highlight in just one blog post, so we have chosen three of our favourites, each with a fascinating history. For more villages to visit during your motorhome see our previous article Three Beautiful Villages of Southern France.
Built as a defensive site on a granite hilltop, Eus is a popular destination for hikers and historians alike. The walls of the fortified stone castle remain, as do the passages carved through rock. The village offers fantastic views of Mount Canigou, with excellent walking routes in the Conflent Mountains. You will also find a number of walking routes in the countryside surrounding the village.
If hiking feels a little too strenuous, leave the visitors park at the lower entrance and head towards the 18th century Saint-Vincent-d’en-Haut church. From here, you will discover the sloping, cobbled streets that are home to a number of independent shops trading local food and crafts.
In contrast to the mountainous surroundings of Eus, Lourmarin sits in the heart of green and open countryside. Surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and working farmland, this former home of philosopher Albert Camus is just twenty-five miles from the university city of Aix-en-Provence. Largely abandoned after the plague in 1348, Lourmarin survived due to the arrival of the wealthy D’Agoult family looking to build a castle in the area.
In addition to the winding cobblestone streets and relaxed terrace cafes, tourists can visit one of the theatre or music events at Chateau De Lourmarin, discover Gothic and Romanesque architecture at St Andre’s Church or pick up a taste of Provence in the Friday market.
Our third beautiful village in the south of France lies at the foot of a cliff on the banks of the Dordogne. The southern facing position provides La Roque-Gageac with its own microclimate, allowing tropical vegetation to flourish. Period houses with perigord roofs crawl up the cliff side towards the remains of the 12th century troglodyte fort.
Hour-long river cruises travel along the Dordogne from various pick up points, offering views of the village and the four neighbouring Chateaus. On dry land, take a stroll around the village to uncover numerous medieval points of interest, the renaissance style Manoir de Tarde and banana palms planted amongst the architecture.