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france’s favourite villages

The village of Rochefort-en-Terre in Brittany has been named
France’s favourite village, beating out 12 other villages across the country in
a hotly-contested competition.

Over 175,000 people voted in an online poll run in
association with the TV show “Village Prefere des Francais”, aired on France 2,
resulting in a Breton victory for the second year in a row, after Ploumanach’s
victory last year. The competition has been run by the channel since 2012,
showcasing the best villages in France.

Rochefort-en-Terre narrowly beat the village of
Montreuil-sur-Mer in Pas-de-Calais, with Rocamadour in the Dordogne Valley
taking third place.

The results were announced live on air in the village on
Tuesday night by the show’s presenter, Stephane Bern, who also added that the
previous four winners had seen a 40 percent increase in visitors after
receiving the accolade. Already the village, which has a population of just
700, welcomes over half a million people each year, meaning that visitor
numbers in the next couple of years may even reach the million mark.

Stephane also added that Rochefort-en-Terre was one of his
favourite villages out of all the contenders, and that he was won over by the
warm welcome and “charming people”.

Overlooking the River Arz in Brittany’s Morbihan department,
the village has become well-known for its half-timbered 16th century
buildings and symmetrical stone-built renaissance structures, often clad with
brightly-coloured geraniums. One of its main attractions is an impressive 13th
century castle, and the village has also been designated as a Petite Cité de
Caractére (‘little city of character’).

Take in the sights of this award-winning village as well as
many of Brittany’s other pretty villages with our French chateau holidays,
promising traditional beauty and luxury whether you choose to stay put or
explore the region.

Image: Nicolas Vollmer,
available under Creative Commons

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