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. The favourite village of the French people in 2015 is Ploumanac’h in Brittany.
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.
- In 2013, the great winner was Éguisheim, a village set on the Alsace Wine Route.
- Then, in 2014 the chosen village was Cordes-sur-Ciel in the Midi-Pyrénées region.
- Last night, 155,551 people residing in France choose their favourite villages for 2015… here is the top 22:
#22: Centuri (Corsica)
#21: Mussy-sur-Seine (Champagne-Ardenne)
#20: Lods (Franche-Comté)
#19: Lyons-la-Forêt (Upper Normandy)
#18: Fénétrange (Lorraine)
#17: Saint-Nectaire (Auvergne)
#16: Trentemoult (Pays-de-la-Loire)
#15: Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei (Lower Normandy)
#14: Solutré-Pouilly (Burgundy)
#13: Tourtour (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur)
#12: Ars-en-Ré (Poitou-Charentes)
#11: Saint-Émilion (Aquitaine)
#10: Moutier d’Ahun (Limousin)
#09: Ault (Picardy)
#07: Castelnou (Languedoc-Roussillon)
#06: Bonneval-sur-Arc (Rhône-Alpes)
#05: Terdeghem (Nord-Pas-de-Calais)
#04: Barbizon (Île-de-France)
Situated near the Fontainebleau Forest in the Île de France region, Barbizon is famous for its school of painters where Théodore Rousseau and Jean-François Millet resided.
#03: Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val (Midi-Pyrénées)
Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val is an ancient village situated in the département of Tarn-et-Garonne (Midi-Pyrénées). It old town centre features one of France’s oldest town-halls (from the 12th century), covered passageways and old half-timbered houses.
#02: Montrésor (Centre)
Montrésor is a charming village in the Loire Valley with a Renaissance château built on a rocky spur overlooking the Indrois valley.
#01: Ploumanac’h (Brittany)
The great winner of the 2015 edition of the competition is Ploumanac’h in the Côtes d’arbor département.
The village of Ploumanac’h is part of the commune of Perros-Guirrec in the département of Côtes d’Armor in Brittany. Its name derives from ‘plou’ meaning parish and ‘Manac’h’ from St. Manaccus, an Irish monk.
The natural harbour of Ploumanac’h is a beautiful site to visit as are the Anse Saint-Guirec, the Anse de Pors Kamor and the cape of Skewell. The shores of Ploumenac’h are part of the Côte de granite rose (Pink granite coast), a stretch of coastline from Plestin-les-Grèves to Louannec. This popular tourist destination features unusual pink sands and rock formations.
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