Breton village wins France’s favourite village award

09th June, 2016
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’).

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Image: Nicolas Vollmer, available under Creative Commons