Pink walls and green gardens
Comfortably nestled in a meander of the Allier, Apremont is indeed one of the “Loveliest Villages in France”. In the past, it was here that the stone was quarried to be transported by boat as far as the Loire and used to build Orléans Cathedral or the Abbey of Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire.
The quarry and boatmen obviously did well enough out of it, judging by the adorable houses with their pinkish walls, offering a symphony of colours mingling with the bluish grey of the roofs of the five towers of the fortress (modified in the 19th century). The highlight is to be enjoyed in the infinite shades of green of the extravagant Floral Park inspired by English landscaped gardens, dotted with pagodas and irrigated by an immense man-made waterfall.