Monpazier, in the Dordogne region of south west France, is a charming example of a Bastide town. Complete with a medieval centre, it’s acknowledged by many as one of the most beautiful villages in France. In the centre of town, you’ll find the stunning main square with ancient stone houses and open arcades hosting little boutique shops and pretty restaurants with courtyard terraces. The old market hall is very much still intact. For an al fresco shopping experience, visit the weekly market, held on a Thursday morning. Spend time exploring the city’s ancient ramparts and grand stone gateways, along with the 15th-century St Dominique Church and Maison Chaitre – a fine example of medieval architecture. There’s also The Convent des Recollets – a convent that’s now used for exhibitions re-telling the history of Monpazier. Hosting a few festivals in this lovely French town, but the most famous is probably the flower festival in May, which is known throughout the region.