Last night, a programme called “Le Village Préféré des Français” was shown on French TV channel France 2. As in last year, 22 villages across France were competing for the prestigious prize, knowing that reaching the top 5 would greatly help the local tourist industry. Eguisheim, Alsace was chosen as the favourite village of the French people in 2013.
The 22 regions of mainland France had entered a village to the competition, all of them having in common a rich historic and cultural heritage.
In 2012, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, in the département of Lot (Midi-Pyrénées), was elected as favourite village of the French following a vote in which more than 130,000 people joined on the Internet.
Last night, the French have chosen their favourite villages… here is the top 22:
- #22: Maincy (Ile de France)
- #21: Saint Quirin (Lorraine)
- #20: La Perrière (Lower-Normandy)
- #19: Saint Amand sur Fion (Champagne-Ardenne)
- #18: Lavardin (Centre)
- #17: Corbara (Corsica)
- #16: Villefranche de Conflent (Languedoc-Roussillon)
- #15: Pesmes (Franche-Comté)
- #14: Espelette (Aquitaine)
- #13: Wissant (Nord-Pas de Calais)
- #12: Parfondeval (Picardy)
- #11: Blesle (Auvergne)
- #10: Moustiers Sainte Marie (Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur)
- #09: Turenne (Limousin)
- #08: Flavigny sur Ozerain (Burgundy)
- #07: Talmont sur Gironde (Poitou-Charentes)
- #06: Veules-les-Roses (Higher-Normandy)
- #05: Conques (Midi-Pyrénées)
- #04: Pérouges (Rhône-Alpes)
- #03: Sainte-Suzanne (Pays de la Loire)
The village of Sainte-Suzanne is located in the Mayenne département. With less than a thousand inhabitants, Sainte-Suzanne draws crowds of tourists thanks to a particular rich historic and cultural heritage. The village is known for its fortress, ramparts and medieval centre from the 12th to the 15th centuries.
- #02: Locronan (Brittany)
Locronan is a little village located not far from Quimper in the département of Finistère. Its architectural heritage has been remarkably kept intact, 23 buildings are listed “Monuments historiques” by the French Government. Its superb setting and the medieval postcard image of Locronan is ideal for filming vintage-style movies such as “”Un Long Dimanche de Fiançailles” (2004) from Jean-Pierre Jeunet starring Audrey Tautou.
- #01: Eguisheim (Alsace)
The great winner of the 2013 edition of the competition of Eguisheim, a village that our French Moments team particularly affectionates!
The Grand Rue is lined with old houses with large emblazoned and dated portals, as well as two beautiful Renaissance fountains.
Éguisheim’s charm is best displayed along the tour of the ramparts. These straight and paved alleyways are lined with old half-timbered houses – some which are surprisingly narrow – very architecturally rich with their balconies, bay windows, pointed gables, and tithe courtyard. As Éguisheim is in Alsace, the magnificent little half-timbered houses are very beautifully decorated with flowers. A 30 minute tourist track is easy to follow thanks to its signage and allows visitors to take a tour of Eguisheim.