"Every man has two countries: his own and France."

H. de Bonnier (1875)

Monflanquin

Monflanquin: one of the most beautiful villages of France.

Monflanquin is a typical medieval village in the south-west of France, founded in 1256 by Alphonse de Poitiers. Situated on a hill (pech) it dominates the area. Village life is concentrated on the main square, the Place des Arcades, that is completely surrounded by arched covered walkways. Under the arcades you will find various restaurants and shops.

The Thursday morning weekly market takes place on the square and has done since 1256.

In July and August there are evening 'marchés gourmandes', organised by the local producers where you can buy and eat the regional products.

The village has a large supermarket, a pharmacy, several bakeries and a tabac where you can buy your English newspaper. There is a swimming pool and tennis courts.

Around August the 15th Monflanquin has its yearly medieval festival; for two days the village goes back to its medieval roots. In the streets and on the square you will see knights on horseback, hear medieval music, eat roast boar, see shows and people dressed up in medieval costumes. Don’t miss it !

Monflanqukn has the official label 'Plus beaux villages de France'. Other Plus Beaux Villages de France in the department Lot-et-Garonne are Pujols (15 miles south of Monflanquin) and Villeréal, (10 miles north of Monflanquin). For more information on the 'Plus Beaux Villages de France' have a look on http://www.france-beautiful-villages.org/en