10 Remote Villages in France (and How to Get There)

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Paul McQueen

The French countryside, which there’s an awful lot of, is scattered with 32,000 villages. Many of them, with their narrow, cobbled streets and medieval hilltop churches, are among France’s most beautiful spots. To get a different flavor of the country other than what Paris and its other big cities offer, why not hire a car or hop on a train (or two) and sample the rural life for a couple of nights?

1. Castelnou

Archaeological site

Chateau de Castelnou
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This secluded village in the Pyrenees, which has a population of 341, is rated as one of the most beautiful in France. The castle that overlooks the village and the surrounding countryside dates back to the 10th century and the church of Sainte-Marie du Mercadal to the 13th.

Public transport: Take the TGV from Paris Gare de Lyon to Perpignan, which takes just over five hours. You can then take a 20-minute taxi to Castlenou, which will cost around €30, or take a TER service to St Feliu d’Avail which is a 10km walk from Castelnou.

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