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There are few countries in the world that can rival with France for the beauty of its rural architecture (Italy may be one of them). The French are proud of their heritage and do everything they can to save it and enhance it.

An independent association called Les Plus Beaux Villages de France was even founded in 1982 to promote small and picturesque French villages (max. 2000 inhabitants) of quality heritage. As of 2012, 157 villages were listed. Here is a selection of the best among them.

Beynac-et-Cazenac, Dordogne, Aquitaine

Beynac-et-Cazenac came in 7th position in the favourite village of the French people in 2012.

Beynac-et-Cazenac, Dordogne (© Hans Klamm - iStockphoto.com)

Beynac-et-Cazenac, Dordogne (© OSTILL - iStockphoto.com)

Rocamadour, Lot, Midi-Pyrénées

Rocamadour, lot (© thieury - Fotolia.com)

Rocamadour, Lot (© B.F. - Fotolia.com)

Rocamadour, Lot (© aurorecar - Fotolia.com)

Conques, Aveyron, Midi-Pyrénées

Conques ranked 5th in the 2013 edition of the favourite village of the French people TV programme. Its Romanesque Abbey-Church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Conques, Aveyron (photo by PMRMaeyaert - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)

Conques, Aveyron (photo by PMRMaeyaert - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)

Conques, Aveyron (photo by PMRMaeyaert - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)

Conques, Aveyron (photo by Daniel CULSAN - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)

Locronan, Finistère, Brittany

Locronan came in second position nationwide in the 2013 edition of the favourite village of the French people.

Locronan, Finistère (photo by Tango7174 - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)

Locronan, Finistère (© synto - Fotolia.com)

Locronan, Finistère (© synto - Fotolia.com)

Pérouges, Ain, Rhône-Alpes

Pérouges was elected 5th favourite village of the French people in 2013.

Pérouges, Ain

Pérouges, Ain

Pérouges, Ain

Eguisheim, Haut-Rhin, Alsace

Eguisheim won the 2013 edition of the favourite village of the French people.

Eguisheim, Haut-Rhin (© Mellow10 - Fotolia.com)

Eguisheim, Haut-Rhin (© Mellow10 - Fotolia.com)

Kaysersberg, Haut-Rhin, Alsace

Kaysersberg, Haut-Rhin (© Mellow10 - Fotolia.com)

Kaysersberg, Haut-Rhin (© Mellow10 - Fotolia.com)

Riquewihr, Haut-Rhin, Alsace

Riquewihr came in 6th position in the 2012 edition of the favourite village of the French people.

Riquewihr, Haut-Rhin (© Mellow10 - Fotolia.com)

Riquewihr, Haut-Rhin (photo by Jpkrebs - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)

Les Baux-de-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Les Baux-de-Provence ranked 8th in the 2012 edition of the favourite village of the French people.

Les Baux-de-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhône (photo by Rolf Süssbrich - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licence)

Les Baux-de-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhône (photo by Benh LIEU SONG - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licence)

Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Moustiers-Sainte-Marie took the 10th position in the 2013 edition of the favourite village of the French people. It is the favourite village of celebrity chef Alain Ducasse, who owns a hotel and restaurant there (a class="o" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.alain-ducasse.com/en/auberge/la-bastide-de-moustiers" target="_blank">La Bastide de Moustiers).

Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (© Martin M303 - Fotolia.com)

Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Lot, Midi-Pyrénées

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie was voted favourite village of the French people in 2012.

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Lot

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Lot (© pascalcointe - Fotolia.com)

Turenne, Corrèze, Limousin

Turenne came 9th in the 2013 edition of the favourite village of the French people.

Turenne, Corrèze (© Philippe GRAILLE - Fotolia.com)

Turenne, Corrèze (© Jimjag - Fotolia.com)

Turenne, Corrèze (photo by Babsy - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)



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