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  • 1 Parc Naturel Régional des Volcans d'Auvergne Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 15400 Riom-ès-Montagnes

    The biggest regional park in mainland France is located in the heart of the Auvergne, extending across close to 400 000ha around Riom-ès-Montagnes. The park is made up of five separate regions: the Puys de Dôme chain; the Dore mountains in the Massif..

  • 2 Combe Laval Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D76 F - 26420 La Chapelle-en-Vercors

    After the Col de la Machine, the road, which is carved into the extraordinary limestone rock face, begins to curve vertiginously over the upper valley of Cholet, which you ultimately tower over from a height of 600m. At the far end of the cirque is t..

  • 3 Croisière Blanche Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 38860 Les Deux-Alpes

    Once you have taken the Jandri Express cable car, you have to take a tracked minibus to the Dôme de la Lauze. This trip, whose means of transport makes it the only one of its kind in France, will give the uninitiated quite an introduction to high-mou..

  • 4 Glacier du Mont-de-Lans Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 38860 Mont-de-Lans

    You can reach this glacier by taking the Jandri Express cable car from the centre of the Deux Alpes resort. At 2 600m, you have to take a different cable car up to 3 200m. Then you take the lift and the funicular railway up to the Dôme du Puy Salié (..

  • 5 Crêt de l'OEillon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D 63 F - 42660 Le Bessat

    At the Col de l'OEillon, climb as far as the television relay station. At the summit, walk around the station's surrounding wall until you get to the viewpoint indicator. The panorama is one of the most grandiose in the Rhône Valley. In the foregroun..

  • 6 Haute Corniche Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 07700 Saint-Remèze

    The Haute Corniche drive offers the most stunning views of the Gorges de l'Ardèche. From Saint-Remèze, you will pass by the belvederes of the Cathédrale and La Madeleine - stopping to visit the cave of the same name - then the Grand Belvédère, the Gr..

  • 7 Corniche de L'Eyrieux Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 07240 Vernoux-en-Vivarais

    After admiring the unspoilt setting of the ruined Château de la Tourette, which once marked the gateway to the States of Languedoc, leave Vernoux and head for Boffres. Built on an outcrop, this village dominates a rural landscape of chestnut groves. ..

  • 8 Fôret de Tronçais Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 03350 Cérilly

    The 29 167 acres of this forest are located at the junction of the Berry and Bourbonnais regions. It is famous for its old oak trees, which were once used to build a large part of the French fleet, because Colbert was intent on keeping the best oaks ..

  • 9 Castle ruins Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    N86 F - 07130 Saint-Péray

    Situated on the Crussol mountainside, the ruins of the villette (small town) were a refuge for plain dwellers in times of trouble. Access to the castle dominating the Rhône from a height of 230m is along the side of the fortifications. It offers a re..

  • 10 L'Oisans Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 38520 Le Bourg-d'Oisans

    Between Gap, Briançon and Bourg-d'Oisans, the high Écrins massif, bounded by the valleys of the Romanche, Durance and Drac rivers, makes up the larger part of the Oisans region. It is definitely worth taking the time to explore its grandiose landscap..

  • 11 Vallée de la Romanche Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 38520 Le Bourg-d'Oisans

    The road linking Bourg-d'Oisan and the Col du Lautaret cuts through the wild gorges of the Infernet to reach the bottom of the former glacial valley of the River Romanche. It runs alongside the impressive Chambon dam and skirts the austere Combe de M..

  • 12 Vallée du Vénéon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 38520 Le Bourg-d'Oisans

    The road linking Bourg d'Oisans and La Bérarde leads to numerous nature trails. At Ougiers, a path leads to the protected site of Lac Lauvitel (3hr there and back). You can see different types of plants and views over glaciers during the trail from C..

  • 13 Parc national des Écrins Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Place René Perrier F - Le Bourg-d'Oisans

    The 92 000ha of the Parc des Écrins boast a wide variety of wildlife and landscapes. Edelweiss, lavender, glacial buttercups and peonies are among the 1 800 species of plants found here. On the wildlife side, nearly 210 animal species live within its..

  • 14 Abbey façade Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 42190 Charlieu

    The two portals of the North façade are among the major attractions of this Benedictine abbey. The stunning sculpted decoration of the great portal dates from the 12C. Particularly remarkable is the tympan depicting Christ, enthroned and surrounded b..

  • 15 Cité épiscopale Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du For F - 43000 Le Puy-en-Velay

    You will reach the Episcopal City from the square of the Tables along the Rue des Tables to the lateral staircases that border the old houses. A majestic staircase and the facade of the cathedral with its polychromatic lavarock are in front of you an..

  • 16 Île aux Trésors Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 43000 Le Puy-en-Velay

    Île aux Trésors is the name given to the old cathedral city which dominates the upper town. Start from the Place des Tables and make your way along streets lined by old houses to the superb Romanesque cathedral of Notre-Dame influenced by oriental st..

  • 17 Mont Mezenc Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 43150 Les Estables

    Rising to a height of 1 753m, the volcanic Mézenc range offers a wide variety of landscapes: on the Vélay side lies an immense barren plateau, while towards Vivarais, the terrain is rugged, sweeping abruptly down towards the Rhône. Famous for its bas..

  • 18 Massif du Sancy Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 63240 Le Mont-Dore

    This route skirts the Puy de Sancy (1 885m), providing a view of the range from all angles. Begin with the Col de la Croix-St-Robert and admire the stunning view westwards over the Millevaches plateau, and to the east over Lake Chambon as far as the ..

  • 19 Vieux Lyon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue St-Jean F - 69005 Lyon

    Old Lyon Stretches from the River Saône to Fourvière and is comprised of three districts (Saint-John, Saint-Paul et Saint-Georges). The old town used to be the centre of industry and the home of the Lyons silk workers. At the end of Francois I's reig..

  • 20 Cloth Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    34 r. de la Charité F - 69002 Lyon

    The collections of this conservatory of the art of the cloth are designed around two great opposing poles- the West and East. Some magnificent Lyon silks and the production of one of its illustrious inventors Philippe de Lassalle illustrate French cl..

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