Stop-over village award

site logo2015The Stop-over village award is granted by the French Ministry of Equipment to communes meeting with the Stop-over village charter - very strict when it comes to services and hosting.

On 25 October 2006 when the bypass of the route national 7 was officially opened, Lapalisse became the 19th member of the Stop-over village network.


A stop-over village has less than 5,000 inhabitants, is located less than 5 km or 5 min from a free motorway exit or expressway. A stop-over village is eager to preserve its authentic village character.

It offers road users a whole host of services tuned to each individual need:

  • basic shops (bakery, butcher-delicatessen, grocer, newsagent),
  • a varied choice of dining while discovering the culinary traditions of each village,
  • classified hotels to enjoy a rest and peace and quiet,
  • a 2-star Tourist office and Tourist Information centre,
  • an equipped, shaded picnic area,
  • and much, much more...

As well as being a pledge of quality and road safety for motorists, stop-over villages are also the gateway to discovering the local area thereby boosting the economy of the communes.

The national federation (FNVE)

The national federation of stop-over villages helps develop the concept.

It has set itself three tasks: to represent the 42 stop-over villages with regard to partners, adherence to the quality of services provided and to expand the network.


Fédération nationale des Villages étapes

16 Place Jourdan
87000 Limoges

Fax : 05 55 35 24 46
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Contact : Béatrice Coiffard