‘Sleepy, leafy and lusciously bucolic’: France’s best towns and villages by readers

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Our tipsters go beyond the expected names to hail the charms, cultural and culinary delights of places from Pas-de-Calais to Provence

I really loved the peacefulness of Saint-Nectaire. The local cheese is enough to put it on any list but it also has woodland trails, grottos, a spa and an 11th-century hilltop church. It’s also a wonderful base for exploring the Puys but you can’t beat taking a picnic (remember the cheese!) to nearby Lac Chambon and enjoying the crystal clear waters surrounded by ancient volcanic hills. We stayed at the family run Hotel Regina (doubles from €65 B&B) where our bathroom was in a turret.
Anthony T

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