Villes Sanctuaires in France

Thousands of people from around the world gather every year to the 19 highly spiritual places of the Villes Sanctuaires de France

Often labelled as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, they are all recognised for their international importance. The shrines include world-renowned places of worship such as Lourdes or the Mont Saint-Michel as well as spiritual retreats high in the mountains, seaside basilicas and grandiose cathedrals.  Each destination is unique, with its own traditions, architecture, food and a wide range of activities available nearby, providing an unforgettable experience to travellers searching for spirituality, wellbeing and culture.

From retreats to Christian pilgrimages, from cultural exploration to new discoveries, the Villes Sanctuaires Association will help you add a sense of purpose to your journey.