Even on an overcast day, Rochefort-en-Terre is spectacular. The Brittany village located in the Morbihan department was voted “Le Village Préféré Des Francais 2016” (French people’s favorite village) and I saw it with my own eyes last month.
Rochefort-en-Terre is a favorite for a reason
France has a little bit of everything and the diversity is one of the things I love most about the country. You can find castles, wineries and beautiful seaside towns without much effort, but what makes a village so special? The feeling you get from it.
It was drizzling out when we got to Rochefort-en-Terre on our way home from our Brittany weekend but the village was beautiful. Still decorated for Christmas, the cobblestone streets, artisan shops, and buildings full of character helped earn the town its honor of France’s favorite village. A quick walk around showed me why it deserves this honor and is worthy of a visit if you’re ever in the area.
How could you not love a place that looks like this?
From the minute we got there, I felt like I was a character in a fairy tale just walking through something that wasn’t real life. There were barely any cars in the village’s well-maintained center and the 16th-century half-timbered houses and storefronts looked too perfect to be real! If you picture what a “charming French town” would look like, Rochefort-en-Terre would be it.
Rochefort-en-terre is a stunning Petite Cité de Caractére and also boasts a medieval chateau that was once home to American painter Alfred Klotz. He bought it in 1907 and tourists can visit from May-September. You’ll notice the plentiful flower boxes as you walk around town. Klotz encouraged the locals to decorate their homes with geraniums and this tradition is still in practice today.