There are a few which have something special however, and deserve the term ‘beautiful’. As a consequence, in 1981 Charles Ceyrac, mayor of Collonges-la-Rouge, came up with an idea to promote this concept. 66 of his mayoral colleagues throughout France formed an association which eventually included 155 villages. Known as ‘Les Plus Beaux Villages de France‘, the aim was not to create ‘theme parks’ but to attract tourists to ‘living’ villages.
In the region covered by this guide there are several of these villages including:
Autoire, Belvès, Beynac-et-Cazenac, Capdenac-le-Haut, Cardaillac, Carennac, Castelnaud la Chapelle, Collonges la Rouge, Curemonte, Domme, La Roque-Gageac, Limeuil, Loubressac, Monpazier, St-Amand-de-Coly, St-Cirq-Lapopie, St-Jean-de-Cole, St-Leon-sur-Vézère and Turenne.