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Beautiful Villages of France

Citroen 2CVThe Beautiful Villages of France Association is taking part in a 2CV Rally from Paris to Cannes (Rallye 2CV La Route des Villages Paris-Cannes®) 12-19 May 2019 calling in to 20 or more Beautiful Villages (Plus Beaux Villages) en route. Amongst the villages visited will be

There is another shorter 2CV rally 3-6 September 2019  ParisDeauville (14 Calvados, Normandie) calling at these “beautiful” villages:

It is not on either route, but the association which represents the most beautiful villages in France (Les Plus Beaux Villages de France) includes the medieval fortified village of  Rodemack (57 Moselle, Grand Est). There is a Medieval Festival in Rodemack  (Cité Medieval en Fête) 29 – 30 June 2019 – see

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Rodemack is in the Pays des “Trois Frontières” or Land of the Three Frontiers, on the borders of France, Germany (which it is only 20 km away from) and Luxembourg (6 km) and it is steeped in these three cultures. The village is nicknamed “Petite Carcassonne Lorraine” and is still surrounded by 700 m of ramparts dating from the 15C. Entrance is via the fortified gate of Sierck, which was built by the inhabitants themselves in the 14C.

more information – see

The Les Plus Beaux Villages de France classification requires that the village meets several criteria, including

  • fewer than 2000 inhabitants
  • at least two protected sites or monuments and
  •  must be really beautiful.

Just 159 villages in 14 régions and 70 départements make the official list of the prettiest villages of
France (Les Plus Beaux Villages de France)

There are many holiday accommodation options near Rodemack including the B&B Le Clos du Verger, a renovated farmhouse, dating back to the 19th century just 7 km from the Moselle Vineyard and wine route, with a garden and terrace.