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France’s ‘most beautiful secret escape’ is a fairytale town with centuries-old buildings

From Paris to St Tropez, France has many popular holiday destinations favored by Brits.

But one of the most beautiful destinations, sometimes called the ‘most beautiful secret escape’, is off the beaten track and often goes unnoticed by tourists.




The stunningly picturesque village of Le Malzieu-Ville, located in the south of France, is a medieval town that seems straight out of a fairy tale. Nestled in the remote countryside, the village looks like it has been taken out of a storybook with its 13th century architecture, stone houses and views over the idyllic green landscapes that surround it.

Given the breathtaking views, it’s no surprise that this medieval town has been named France’s ‘most beautiful secret escape’ according to research by Avis. With just 900 inhabitants and located off the beaten track, it is perfect for adventurous travelers who want to indulge in exquisite French cuisine and soak up the summer sun, all without the crowds of tourists found in other popular destinations such as the French Riviera.

There is a wealth of history to discover, especially for history buffs, with highlights including the imposing castle of Saint-Alban-sur-Limagnole, the city’s bell tower, statues and ancient walls that surround the city. For those who enjoy outdoor activities, there are numerous hiking and cycling trails in the area – and be sure to make room in your diary for a visit to the scenic Porte des Fees rock formation, reports the Mirror.

A French visitor was captivated by the “beautiful view, peaceful and relaxing”, commenting on Tripadvisor: “Beautiful view! It was worth stopping an hour to discover this place off the main paths, a dose of fresh to breathe in the air – relaxing and replenishing.”

Meanwhile, another said: “An exceptional place. Park in front of the church and within a short 15 minute walk there is a view that will take your breath away.”