Seven of the best villages in France for food-lovers | National Geographic

3. Les Baux-de-Provence

Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur 

Perched high on a narrow plateau overlooking lavender fields, vineyards and olive groves, the village of Les Baux-de-Provence is one of the Alpilles area’s most visited, drawing in travellers with its warren of lanes and spectacular views. It was at L’Ostau de Baumanière in 1982 that a 16-year-old Heston Blumenthal had the meal he credits with setting him on course to be a chef, and today the three-Michelin-star restaurant’s kitchen is headed up by chef Glenn Viel, who works magic with Provence’s incredible local produce — be sure to book ahead. Elsewhere, head to gourmet food store Maison Brémond and fill your basket with almond nougat, honey and jam; and call in at Mas de Cayol for olive oil and tapenade produced in the family’s groves. 

Where to eat: If your budget doesn’t stretch to L’Ostau de Baumanière, book its sister restaurant, Le Cabro d’Or, where chef Michel Hulin also does wonders with local ingredients.

Where to stay: Just outside the main village, Benvengudo has its own excellent restaurant with Alain Ducasse-trained chef Julie Chaix at the helm, and has doubles from €196 (£165), room only.

4. Roquefort-sur-Soulzon

Aveyron, Occitania

Roquefort, the blue sheep’s cheese, is way more famous than the tiny village from which it originates, yet Roquefort-sur-Soulzon is well worth a visit, both for the many fromageries lining its streets and for the maturing caves up in the cliffs of the of the Causse du Larzac plateau. Here you’ll learn how Roquefort is made and how the blue mold originates in the soil of the caves. Legend has it that it was first discovered by a young man, who, on spotting a beautiful girl, abandoned his lunch in the caves only to return months later to find the plain cheese had gained a superior taste and texture in his absence.

Where to eat: While there are some good options in Roquefort, it’s worth making the short drive to the neighbouring village of Tournemire, where you’ll find Auberge des Orchidées, a friendly little restaurant with creative menus (3 Avenue Hippolyte Puech, 12250 Tournemire).

Where to stay: A 20-minute drive away, Château de Creissells is a four-star hotel with an incredible view of the Millau Viaduct, which you’ll pass under on your way there. Doubles from €106 (£88), room only.

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