Most beautiful detours in France award

site photos lapalisse 16 avril 2010 070Lapalisse is listed among one hundred destinations by the association of the Most beautiful detours in France which "rounds up charming little, character-packed villages, either renowned or unknown enticing tourists away from the main tourist routes. Whatever the season, there is always accommodation and a quality welcome, a valued and attractive heritage, a real personality, gastronomical tradition, varied arts and crafts, a market or local fete to enjoy."

General delegation of the Most beautiful detours in France


Late 1998, on the initiative of Jean Jacques DESCAMPS and the town of Loches, 32 small towns came together to form this network of the Most beautiful detours in France. This was aimed at providing a consistent tourist offer to showcase the diversity of France's local regions, in particular outside the most well-known areas drawing 80% of visitors.

Backed by 100 communes (+ one overseas), the association has spread across France and into 71 départements. All these communes adhere to a bespoke specification and are audited on a periodical basis. The "Most beautiful detours in France" is more than just an award, it should be considered as a controlled name guaranteeing visitors that the detour is well worth their while.

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Délégation générale Les plus beaux détours de France

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