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  • 1 Méandre de Queuille Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 63780 Queuille

    Hewn into the fractured rocks of this granite plateau, the Méandre de Queuille is sculpted by the Sioule river, which is widened at this point by a dam. The concave bank of the loop is high and studded with rocks; on the convex bank opposite, the riv..

  • 2 Corniche du Chassezac Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 07140 Mazet-Plage

    To come upon the grandiose Chassezac Canyon all of a sudden, as it winds its way along the feet of cliffs full of holes, turn left off the road going to Mazet beach into the first large car park, then take the path marked "Corniche", which ..

  • 3 Massif du Tanargue Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 07380 Jaujac

    This granite and gneiss mountain has been shaken to its core by geological movements, which have given it a somewhat tattered look. The terrain and the rather harsh climate make it a great spot for rock climbing and cross-country skiing, with devotee..

  • 4 Gerbier-de-Jonc Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 07510 Sainte-Eulalie

    It would be hard to miss this mountain, which looms at an altitude of 1 551m along the ridge separating the Loire and Rhône basins. Mt Gerbier, part of the Mézenc mountains, is made up of phonolithic rock, which forms unstable sections of fallen rock..

  • 5 Col de Rousset Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D518 F - 26420 Saint-Agnan-en-Vercors

    This pass is located at the climatic border between the Northern and Southern Alps and is the point where the cool valleys of Vercors meet the depression of the Bassin de Die, with its southern aridity. The contrast is particularly palpable when the ..

  • 6 The Ideal Palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. du palais F - 26390 Hauterives

    Ferdinand Cheval had been beset by dreams of a fairytale palace for a long time, but it was not until he had reached the age of 43 that he decided to start building it. He was a postman, with no architectural or artistic background. While on his roun..

  • 7 Tomb Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 26390 Hauterives

    The Tomb of Silence and Eternal Rest is the final work of the postman and builder of the Ideal Palace, Ferdinand Cheval, who died in 1924 after working tirelessly all his life. Bearing a cross and the letters JMJ (presumably standing for Jesus-Mary-J..

  • 8 La Mure Railway Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 38350 La Mure

    Inaugurated in July 1888, the La Mure railway covers a distance of 30km and has a 560m range in altitude. Originally intended to transport the anthracite produced at La Mure to the station at St-Georges-de-Commiers, thereby linking it to the national..

  • 9 Corniche du Drac Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 38350 La Mure

    Relive the region's industrial and mining past! At Champ-sur-Drac, the Museum of Times Past is devoted to local arts and crafts, gypsum mining, cardboard production and hydroelectric equipment. After visiting the Monteynard Dam be sure to see the Min..

  • 10 Haute Vallée de la Bonne Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 38740 Valbonnais

    Easily navigable paths lead through the Vallée de la Bonne. After crossing the Désert-en-Valjouffrey, whose barns underline the ongoing rural activity, you will discover the U-shaped valley, overlooked by the Aiguille des Marnes (3 0460m). Once you h..

  • 11 The Corniches of the Bassin d'Oisans Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 38520 Le Bourg-d'Oisans

    Leaving Bourg-d'Oisans, the small mountain roads cutting fearlessly into the rocky sides of the basin provide the most beautiful routes you will come across in the Alps. The Route de l'Alpe-d'Huez serves as an excellent introduction to the mountain l..

  • 12 Massif de Chamrousse Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 38410 Chamrousse

    Whether winter or summer, the international Olympic ski resort of Chamrousse seduces all-comers. The cable car whisks you up to the Croix de Chamrousse belvedere, which looks out over the mountains of the Belledonne massif. This tall mountain peaking..

  • 13 Réserve Naturelle des Hauts-Plateaux Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 38250 Lans-en-Vercors

    The Hauts-Plateaux nature reserve ranges in altitude from 1 200m to 2 300m. It is made up of limestone plateaux whose surface is punctuated by limestone pavements and grottoes where water is scarce. Its border is marked by extraordinarily steep slope..

  • 14 Route de Villard-Notre-Dame Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 38520 Le Bourg-d'Oisans

    This road, which is carved into the sheer rock face, brings you up into the high mountains and ends at a picturesque village. A hairpin bend to the left, 8km away from Bourg-d'Oisans, brings into view the course of the lower Vallée du Vénéon, which e..

  • 15 Monts du Forez Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 42600 Champdieu

    A land of high stubble, jasseries (local farmhouses) and grazing herds, the Forez Mountains, in the heart of the Regional Nature Park of Livradois-Forez, offer a landscape of contrasts, which is often in the shadow of the fir trees. Yet up above, fre..

  • 16 Pic du Lizieux Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 43520 Mazet-St-Voy

    The westernmost of Velay's phonolithic sucs looks out over a vast basaltic plateau. The panoramic view from a height of 1 388 m reveals the Lignon valley to the north, while to the east there are the Monts du Vivarais. To the south, you will see the ..

  • 17 Beaujolais Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 69380 Châtillon

    According to popular lore, Lyon has three rivers: the Rhône, the Saône and the Beaujolais. But although the region is well known as a wine-making area, it also offers a wonderfully rich variety of contrasting landscapes; to the north, especially at L..

  • 18 La Terrasse Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D18 F - 69430 Avenas

    From this hamlet nestled in a loop in the D 18, 1km from the Col du Fût d'Avenas, a magnificent semi-circular panorama opens out: beyond the Saône Valley, it takes in the plains of the Bresse, the Jura and, on a clear day, the Alps and Mont Blanc, th..

  • 19 L'Aventure Michelin Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    32 r. du Clos-Four F - 63000 Clermont-Ferrand

    In the spring of 2009, Michelin opened an exhibition highlighting the company's past, present and future in a restored workshop on its Cataroux industrial site. This 2 000m2 space depicts more than 120 years of history: mobility in the late 19C, the ..

  • 20 Lavaudieu Abbey cloisters Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Musée A. T. P. F - 63100 Lavaudieu

    All that remains of the old abbey founded in the 11C by St Robert is the fine (restored) cloister, the only one in Auvergne to have escaped destruction. Admire its small columns, either single or twinned, wreathed, cylindrical or polygonal, their cap..

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