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  • 1 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 ..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 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 ..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 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..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 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..

  • 9 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..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 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..

  • 12 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..

  • 13 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 ..

  • 14 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..

  • 15 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..

  • 16 Basilique Notre-Dame-des-Fers Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Le Bourg F - 63210 Orcival

    Built in grey volcanic stone, this basilica has a remarkable unity of style. Outside, admire the beautiful but simple chevet, with its four radiant apsidioles. The ironwork on the leaves of the three doors has been preserved. Like many other major Au..

  • 17 Musée Anne-de-Beaujeu Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    pl. du Col.-Laussedat F - 03000 Moulins

    This museum, housed in the Anne de Beaujeu pavilion, contains collections of sculptures and medieval paintings (superb altarpiece panels by the Master of Uttenheim, the Master of Frankfurt and Michael Pacher), as well as archaeological exhibits. It a..

  • 18 Centre National du Costume de Scène et de la Scénographie Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    rte de Montilly (quartier Villars) F - 03000 Moulins

    The only one of its kind in the world, this late-18C centre, located in the Villars quarter, was designed to preserve and showcase the costumes and scenery of the Opéra National de Paris, the performing arts department of the Bibliothèque Nationale d..

  • 19 Château de La Palice Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 03120 Lapalisse

    This château, built in 1527, was designed by Florentines brought from Italy by Jacques II de Chabannes, lord of La Palice. The upper terrace of the château, over the entrance, commands fine views of the Besbre and the surrounding valley. Inside, a ma..

  • 20 Gaud viewpoints Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D290 F - 07700 Saint-Remèze

    These viewpoints overlook the upper part of the meandering River Gaud, in a deep, narrow valley, and the towers of a small 19C château.

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