Off the Beaten Track: Beautiful Medieval Towns You Should Visit in France

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Good morning guys! Today I’m changing it up a little, and posting something that I haven’t in a while, a guest post! When Marie got in contact with me asking if she could write for the blog, I was super excited to have her on board!

If you’ve been following Mile in My Glasses for a while, you’ll know that I used to have quite a focus on travel writing – and I revolved around travel tips and ideas (before falling in love with writing about outfits and other facets of my life, too!). This post is a bit of a throwback to those days, so I’m super excited to share this.

Beautiful Medieval Towns You Should Visit in France

When it comes to an unforgettable holiday in Europe, France is definitely one of the best locations to visit. The country’s rich history and culture together with incredible architecture will make you fall in love with France. Forget about Paris for a while and take the time to explore the country’s gorgeous medieval towns. That way, you’ll get to know what makes the beautiful heart of France tick.

The Burgundy Region

The Burgundy Region in France won’t leave you disappointed. Breathtaking green hills and medieval villages of this area are some of the most gorgeous sights in Europe. Dijon is the capital of this area and a definite must-see. Its amazing architecture shows traces of Renaissance, the Middle Ages as well as the Gallo-Roman and Celtic eras. What’s more, if you want to taste the iconic French wines, this is the place to be since its vineyards are also UNESCO World Heritage sites. That being said, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Beaune and Clos de Vougeot as well.

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Clos de Vougeot, Source

The Champagne Region

The vineyards of the Champagne Region are also listed among the UNESCO World Heritage sites. As the name suggests, this is the place where you’ll be able to taste the finest champagne. Apart from this bubbly white wine, you’ll also get to enjoy the warm welcome of the locals as well as the homey nature of the Champagne villages. However, even if the villages are as dreamy as they could be, true adventure awaits at Reims and the town of Château-Thierry.

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Château-Thierry, Source

The Loire Valley

Want to experience some glamour and stylishness of the old France? Then, by all means, don’t skip the Loire Valley on your journey. There are no words that can describe the experience you can expect in this part of France. Every town of Loire Valley will take you to an exceptional medieval journey. Glorious fortresses, picturesque towers and cupolas, magnificent chateaux and fruitful villages and vineyards will make your stay truly special and unique. Therefore, take the time to visit Tours and Orleans, as well as Ambiose, Chinon and Loches. Apart from the amazing wines, you should definitely try some of the Loire Valley cheese.

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Chinon, Source

Provence

If you wish to experience the Mediterranean climate in France, include Provence in your itinerary. This is one of the both locals’ and tourists’ favorite holiday spots as well. Provence covers a big area from the Mediterranean Sea to the French Alps, French Riviera included. Beautiful beaches, as well as colorful countryside and green hills, make this a perfect place to relax and enjoy life to the fullest. You can explore the ancient Roman aqueduct, the city of Avignon, Gordes, Uzès, Lourmarin, Roussillon, and many other places as you enjoy the local cuisine.

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Avignon, Source

The Canal du Midi

If you want to spice up your visit to France, you shouldn’t miss the Canal du Midi. You can tour the Canal du Midi as a part of your France barging with Rosa cruise since this is one of the oldest European canals that’s actually still fully functional. As you’re cruising the canal, you’ll get a chance to see beautiful trees, gorgeous bridges as well as towpaths. However, this tour is truly exceptional thanks to the excursions. Carcassonne, Narbonne, Lagrasse and the hilltop town of Minerve are waiting for you on this trip.

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Minerve, Source

Alsace

Become a part of your own fairy tale by visiting Alsace. Due to the vicinity of Germany and Switzerland, this area boasts the mix of German and French architecture, culture and even cuisine. This makes Alsace that more special and unique. The villages and towns look as if a picture book has come to life. Just take a stroll through Strasbourg, Colmar, Riquewihr, Ribeauvillé, Eguisheim, Dambach-la-Ville and many others to start believing in magic. Together with cathedrals and castles, as well as an idyllic countryside, Alsace will definitely be a sight to remember.

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Strasbourg, Source

Make sure that your camera is ready for your journey to France so that you can capture the beauties of this country as you delve into the medieval side of the country’s charm. Who knows – the pictures may inspire you to go on another trip later on.

Have you ever visited the Medieval towns of France?

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About the author

Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. Most of her free time at home she spends walking her Labrador Retriever named Max. She is an avid lover of photography who loves to talk about her experiences. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.

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  • oh my goodness, every loction looks amazing! Youve given me a serious case of wanderlust right now haha.

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  • Taste of France

    As a resident of Carcassonne, I have to recommend my adopted city (I chose it for a reason!). The medieval fortress city, the “new” (also medieval) lower town, the Canal du Midi, the surrounding countryside–there’s no shortage of things to do.

  • Kim

    Wow these places look so beautiful and unreal! There’s hardly any talk of medieval things where I am from so it felt like I was transported to a whole other world while reading this post!

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  • Didier Young

    OMG I want to visit so bad! I’ll be in Paris for the last week of October but unfortunately I don’t think i will have time to go to visit the smaller towns. I’ll make sure to go next time!

    -Didier
    http://www.didieryhc.com

  • ohhh beautiful images!!
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  • Wow! I’m in love with all these photos! I really hope to visit these cities someday!