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Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

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Deep in the heart of the Aveyron

department, southeast France, the little

village of La Couvertoirade provides a

glimpse into a long-gone past. It is one of

the best preserved Templar Knights villages

in France, and it’s a classified plus beaux

village – officially one of the prettiest villages

in France…

La Couvertoirade is located in territory

known as the Causses and Cevennes, a

UNESCO classified World Heritage site,

listed for its ‘agro-pastoral cultural landscape

of the Mediterranean’. It’s a rather dry

description of a stunningly beautiful area

of France with exquisite countryside where

villages in the valleys look as though they

have been hung on the sides of the hills

like baubles on a Christmas tree. The area

touches on four departments: Aveyron and

Lozère in the Midi-Pyrénées region, and

Gard and Herault in Languedoc-Roussillon.

La Couvertoirade looks out over the Larzac

plateau, a land of fertile valleys and villages

which seem to grow out of the rocks. In the

12th century, this area was considered the

private fiefdom of the crusading Knights

Templar and later the Knights Hospitaller. And

in La Couvertoirade you’ll find the only castle

built by the Knights Templar in France.

There’s plenty to see and fall in love with as

you wander the narrow cobbled alleyways

lined with ancient houses. The atmospheric

14th century church of Saint Christophe

is reached by steps cut into the rock. The

14th century Windmill of Le Rédounel is the

only restored windmill in Aveyron, from its

hilly position you have fabulous views over

the village. The wonderfully well preserved

Templar castle was built at the end of the 12th

century and last updated in the 15th century.

It sit atop a rocky spur, dominating the town

with its imposing high walls.

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