Les-Baux-de-Provence, one of the most beautiful places to stay in France

Places to stay in France

Away from the hectic metropolis of Paris lies the true spirit of France. It is where the scenic hilltop villages of the south display the genius and the might of the great Roman Empire. It is where the weekend markets transform town squares into an extraordinary presentation of local produce and hand-made arts and crafts.

In fact, there are so many beautiful places to stay in France that the Government decided to create an association called: 'Les Plus Beaux Villages de France' (The Most Beautiful Villages of France). This includes more than 150 villages in mainland France and Corsica, many of which are situated in the south.

One of them is Les Baux de Provence in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, which claims to receive around 2 million visitors each year. The village is nestled on a jutting plateau in the small Alpilles mountain range, which was an inspiration for the famous artist, Van Gogh. Today, it is home of just 20 residents, however it used to have a population of several thousand.

Most of the buildings date back to the 15th and 16th centuries and the village boasts a number of elegant cafes and restaurants catered to the tourism industry. A popular hotel nearby is Le Mas Des Figues, which is situated in the beautiful market town of Saint-Remy-de-Provence. With free Wi-Fi, a swimming pool and an excellent Mediterranean garden, it is the perfect retreat for couples or families. The establishment offers. A double room costs £482 for four nights during the peak of the lavender season in July.

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