Some are world-famous, others are hidden gems, but every corner of France holds towns and villages with something special to offer. Let DELSEY PARIS takes you on a journey to 5 amazing French towns!

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Whether you live in France or elsewhere, a lifetime wouldn't be long enough to discover all that France has to offer. It's easy to forget that there is French territory on five continents, and that France's borders range far outside Europe! DELSEY PARIS has selected five French towns and villages that we have a particular soft spot for, so you can travel far and wide without leaving your sofa!



Looking out commandingly over the Luberon, in this village stone reigns supreme. Tourists come from all over the world to wander its steep, winding streets and soak up two thousand years of history. A church gives the village its citadel-like appearance, and along with a castle deserted by its lords in the Middle Ages and houses almost stacked on top of each other, makes Gordes one of the most beautiful villages in France.

A short journey from the village is the Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque, a 12th century Cistercian beauty nestled in a valley in the heart of a lavender field.


Nicknamed ""the island of mimosas"", thanks to its mild winter climate allowing mimosas to bloom all year round, Noirmoutier is a small piece of land 25km long off the Vendée coast. Known for the salt marshes that cover a third of the island, as well as for its delicious potatoes, Noirmoutier has a lot more to offer.

Charming white houses with blue and grey shutters, plenty of cycle tracks, a huge butterfly house, the enthralling atmosphere of Port de l’Herbaudière, pretty beaches with white beach huts, mauve wallflowers, the smell of maritime pines... the beauty of the landscape and the unique feel of Noirmoutier will take your breath away.


All aboard for the heart of the Caribbean archipelago! This fishermen's village, located in the south-west of Martinique, boasts the charming Saint Henri church built at the end of a pontoon, embodying the typical architecture of the Antilles. The beauty of its colourful colonial-style houses is just as stunning, as are its magnificent beaches and crystal-clear waters. Anse Dufour and its green turtles and Anse Noire, the only black sand beach in the south of the island, are timeless treasures.

In Anses d'Arlet, net fishing is a community activity where even tourists are invited to participate and then share the small fish. Nothing better than making friends before enjoying a freshly cut coconut juice or a ti' punch!


Annecy, named the best place to live in the whole of France, has preserved its historic charm with architecture dating from the Middle Ages. The old town, crossed by a multitude of canals and picturesque bridges, offers a splendid array of period houses. This is why the city is known as the ""Venice of the Alps"". Its unmissable lake boasts idyllic landscapes, whatever the season, and a walk or bike ride along the shore is an essential part of any trip.

Annecy's castle perched at an altitude of 470 meters, the intriguing Palais de l'Isle, the Jardins de l’Europe and the famous ""pont des amours"" make Annecy the ideal place for a holiday brimming with history, culture, sport and relaxation.


No list of the top 5 French towns would be complete without mentioning a Breton gem. This little corner of paradise is in the heart of a protected nature area, where the land and sea are studded with huge pink granite rocks, sculpted by the water and wind. There are only three natural pink granite coasts in the world, in Egypt, in China and in Ploumanac'h, one of the boroughs of the Perros-Guirec commune. Follow the customs officers' trail, a hiking route steeped in history where you can admire the historic lighthouse and its view of the small Sept-îles archipelago.

After an invigorating walk, cool off in the turquoise water of one of the magnificent fine sandy beaches, Trestraou or Trestrignel, which are just as beautiful as anything you'd find in the Mediterranean.