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  • 1 Aven d'Orgnac Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    pl. Robert-de-Joly F - 07700 Saint-Remèze

    This sinkhole was discovered by Robert Joly inAugust 1935 and turned out to be a magnificent network of chambers with a great variety of concretions. Shaped by underground waters, the huge chambers are a testament to climate change in the quatenary e..

  • 2 Haute Corniche Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 07700 Saint-Remèze

    Because of its stunning viewpoints, the Haute Corniche is the most impressive sections of theGorges de l'Ardèche. From Saint-Remèze, drive past La Cathédraleand La Madeleinebelvederes, stopping along the way to visit the cave(Grotte de laMadeleine), ..

  • 3 Panorama Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 07130 Saint-Romain-de-Lerps

    Two viewing tables have been set up on either side of a chapel, commanding a grandiose, sweeping view which covers no less than 13 departments. To the east, the eye is drawn to the Vercors, with, beyond, the sparkling summits of the Alps and Mont Bla..

  • 4 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. ..

  • 5 Fôret de Tronçais Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 03350 Cérilly

    This 10 000ha forest on this private estate straddle the boundary between the Berry and Bourbonnais. Famed for its oak trees, it once supplied most of the French naval fleet, in accordance with Colbert's wish to keep the best oaks for the Navy. Today..

  • 6 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..

  • 7 L'Oisans Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 38520 Le Bourg-d'Oisans

    Demoted by Mont-Blanc when Savoie was annexed to France, the Oisans range is the second highest massif in France, with some parts reaching over 4 000m. Wilder and more unspoilt than its more famous rival, it nonetheless attracts nature-lovers and cli..

  • 8 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..

  • 9 Vallée du Vénéon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 38520 Le Bourg-d'Oisans

    Heading out of Le Bourg-d'Oisans towards La Bérarde, the road enters the extensive glacial Le Vénéon valley beyond Les Clapiers. To the right, the Pont-Escoffier power station is fed by the Le Plan du Lac dam. The Tête de la Muraillette peak (altitud..

  • 10 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 Ecrins 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..

  • 11 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..

  • 12 Cathédrale Notre-Dame Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    r. des Tables F - 43000 Le Puy-en-Velay

    A marvellous Romanesque-style building whose originality owes much to its oriental influence: inside, the nave is crowned by a series of cupolas. The cathedral's main features are its steep site, which appears to defy the laws of balance, its multico..

  • 13 Cité épiscopale Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

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

    The episcopal city is reached from the Place de Tables via rue des Tables, the latter's flights of steps lined by old houses. A majestic staircase and the multicoloured lava-stone façade of the cathedral lie ahead, opening onto a well-preserved distr..

  • 14 Île aux Trésors Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 43000 Le Puy-en-Velay

    Treasure Island was the name given to the old episcopal city overlooking the upper town. From Place des Tables, via streets lined with old houses, you reach the magnificent Romanesque cathedral of Notre Dame, which shows distinct oriental influence. ..

  • 15 Mont Mezenc Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 43150 Les Estables

    Rising to an altitude of 1 753m, the volcanic Mézenc peak has a variety of landscapes: an immense barren plateau on the Velay side, and more dramatic relief plunging down to the Rhône on the Vivarois side. Famed for its basalt flows such as the Ray-P..

  • 16 Puy de Dôme Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 63870 Montrodeix

    This volcano at an altitude of 1 465m commands a fine view of the Monts Dômes chain. To the north are volcanoes with craters (Petit Puy de Dôme, Grand Suchet, Puy de Côme, Pariou and Louchadière) and without (Petit Suchet, Clierzou and Sarcouy). To t..

  • 17 Dôme mountains Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 63000 Clermont-Ferrand

    Around 80 volcanoes stretch 40km westwards from Clermont, between the Sioule gorges and Grande Limagne. They are fascinating all year round, beginning with the Puy de Lemptégy (1018m), a fine example of an open-crater volcano. After hiking to the Puy..

  • 18 Massif du Sancy Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 63240 Le Mont-Dore

    Created 900 000 years ago, the Massif du Sancy is the youngest of the Dore mountains. Whatever the season, you will be captivated by its deep blue lakes, its impressive cirques, delicately shaped by glaciers, and of course its large pine and beech fo..

  • 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 Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    20 pl. des Terreaux F - 69001 Lyon

    In the chancel that has been converted into a garden statues by Bourdelle, Duret and Rodin will greet you. The renovated museum has a wonderful panorama of the world of art which make it one of the best Fine Art museums in France. Collections of inte..

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