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  • 1 Le Puy-en-Velay Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Towns and villages

    F - 43000 Le Puy-en-Velay

    Le Puy-en-Velay's setting is unforgettable. From a fertile plain enormous spikes of volcanic origin rise up, sometimes crowned by a chapel - Saint-Michel-d'Aiguilhe on the top of the Saint-Michel rock is delightful -, sometimes by a monumental statue..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 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 (..

  • 6 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..

  • 7 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 the Gorges de l'Ardèche. From Saint-Remèze, drive past La Cathédrale and La Madeleine belvederes, stopping along the way to visit the cave (Grotte de la Madelei..

  • 8 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. ..

  • 9 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..

  • 10 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..

  • 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

    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..

  • 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 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..

  • 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

    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..

  • 16 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. ..

  • 17 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..

  • 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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