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  • 1 Tomb Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    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..

  • 2 Corniche du Drac Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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..

  • 3 Haute Vallée de la Bonne Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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 046m). Once you ha..

  • 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..

  • 5 Massif de Chamrousse Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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..

  • 6 Route de Villard-Notre-Dame Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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..

  • 7 Monts du Forez Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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..

  • 8 Pic du Lizieux Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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 ..

  • 9 Beaujolais Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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..

  • 10 La Terrasse Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens


    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..

  • 11 Musée Anne-de-Beaujeu Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    pl. du Col.-Laussedat

    This museum housed in the Anne de Beaujeu Pavilion has collections of archaeological exhibits, medieval sculptures and paintings, and local decorative arts.

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

    Museums and art

    rte de Montilly (quartier Villars)

    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..

  • 13 Gaud viewpoints Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens


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

  • 14 Gournier Viewpoints Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens


    The Gournier viewpoints, 200m above the river, offer a spectacular view over the Ardèche. A ruined farm of the same name is visible down below.

  • 15 Cathedral Viewpoint Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens


    A particularly appropriate name for this magnificent view of one of the most outstanding Ardèche gorges. A rock, known as the «cathedral» has stone spires reaching to the heavens.

  • 16 Gaud Meander Viewpoint Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens


    This spot overlooks the Gaud and Ardèche circus, offering a grandiose, rocky and extremely southern-looking sight.

  • 17 Ray-Pic Waterfall Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens


    If you like wild, out-of-the way settings, you will be captivated by this spot. In the depths of the Bourge ravine, the Ray-Pic waterfall is a fabulous sight, surging out between two magnificent basalt overhangs.

  • 18 Belvédère du Serre de Tourre Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Poised almost vertically above the Ardèche, which flows 200m below, this belvedere offers a superb view of the bend in the river known as the Pas de Mousse. The ruins of the 16C Château d'Ebbo on the rocks add to the grandeur of the site.

  • The ruins of this medieval castle stand on the magnificent site of a rocky platform with a stunning view of the Rhône, the Trois-Becs, the Vercors, the Baronnies and the Ventoux. Opposite, the jagged ridge of the Croix de Bauzon overlooks the Haut Ey..

  • 20 Viaduc de Garabit Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The viaduct is an elegant and audacious work. It was designed by engineer Léon Boyer and constructed by Gustave Eiffel. It was thanks to the experience he gained at Garabit (1882-84) that the latter was able to design and build his famous 300m-high t..

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