My wife and I will be spending one week in Sarlat, then 6 days near Perigueux, in mid April of this year. I was trying to plan several itineraries to see some of the "most beautiful villages of France", but there are so many of them that I am looking for some help. My wife and I are 68 and 75, so we would like to avoid places with really steep streets. We would prefer places with architectural interest, nice views of the countryside, and a decent place to eat lunch or dinner, preferably not to exceed 30 euros per person (without wine). Any suggestions on places you would advise not to miss? Thanks. Peter
I'm attaching one of the entries from my travel blog covering our trip to the Dordogne. Many of the villages there are pretty steep, but I'm sure you can find several that are not. From what I remember, Belves (which is in the blog post) was not particularly steep. And pretty much all of them are beautiful.
We stayed in Cadouin which has a wonderful old Abbey which is on the pilgrimage route to Spain, is quite flat, has a big parking lot on the edge of town (free) and a decent restaurant as well as a cafe.
We also visited several small towns including this one where we walked a km or so into the countryside to visit and old church; both of these places are lovely without being overly touristy as many of those with 'most beautiful' designations are.
No place for lunch in Montferrand when we were there but we stopped in a nearby town, Monpazier for a lovely lunch on the square and a visit to an old Cathedral with interesting frescoes recently uncovered. It does have the 'beautiful village' designation.