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  • 1 Belvédère du Serre de Tourre Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 07700 Saint-Remèze

    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.

  • 2 Panorama from the Château de Pierre-Gourde Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 07800 Saint-Laurent-du-Pape

    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..

  • 3 Gorges de La Truyère Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 15100 St-Flour

    These gorges, hollowed out by the Truyère river, are among the most beautiful natural wonders of central France. Dams have transformed them into a long lake, changing their appearance without taking away from their beauty, except during periods of lo..

  • 4 Musée de Saint-Romain-en-Gal Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Grande-Rue de la Plaine F - 69560 Saint-Romain-en-Gal

    With its fine collection of mosaics, this museum, located on one side of the Rhône across from modern Vienne on the other, has been designed to showcase the Gallo-Roman town of St Romain en Gal. Highlights include the famous Mosaic of the Ocean Gods,..

  • 5 Gorges de Guiers Mort Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 38380 Saint-Laurent-du-Pont

    The wooded gorges are dominated by vast limestone ridges to which fir trees cling in the most haphazard manner.

  • 6 Grotte de Coufin Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 38680 Choranche

    The cliffs surrounding the village of Choranche are home to a number of caves, each very different from the other. The most famous of these is the Grotte de Coufin, a vast chamber 16m high and 70m wide, where thousands of stalactites are reflected in..

  • 7 Point de vue de Guizay Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D88 F - 42000 Saint-Étienne

    Opposite you at the foot of the statue of Sacré-Coeur, looking down the famous Grand-Rue, you have a view over the whole of the town. To your extreme right Rochetaille crowns the town up high. Near the television mast you will see the Ondaine corrido..

  • 8 Musée d'Art Moderne de St-Étienne Métropole Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    La Terrasse F - 42000 St-Étienne

    This huge museum boasts one of the finest public collections of 20C modern and contemporary art in France, just behind that of the Pompidou Centre in Paris. Admire canvases by Pierre Soulages and Jean Dubuffet, works by American abstract artists, Ger..

  • 9 Museum of Art and Industry Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    2 pl. Louis-Comte F - 42100 Saint-Étienne

    Remodelled by architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte in the former Palace of Art, this museum houses a genuine conservatory of regional know-how. A modern layout enhances the exceptional collections that illustrate the town's creativity. The museum contains ..

  • 10 Le Pilat Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 42000 Saint-Étienne

    A watershed at Chabouret Pass (1 363m), Mont Pilat rises between the Loire and the Rhône Valleys. The Regional Park created in 1974 covers some 160 000 acres of varied landscapes. Towards the Rhône, the orchards and vineyards (such as the famous Côte..

  • 11 Chapelle St-Michel-d'Aiguilhe Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    17 r. du Rocher F - 43000 Aiguilhe

    This beautiful, orientally inspired 10C Romanesque chapel on top of the St Michel rock is crowned by a 82m-high lava stone spire. Note its trefoil door, its graceful arabesque patterns and its black, grey and white stone mosaics. 10C murals adorn the..

  • 12 Treasury of Religious Art Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    r. du Cloître F - 43000 Le Puy-en-Velay

    A large number of works of art are displayed in the old Salle des États du Velay, including an 11C silk cope and a remarkable 15C parchment. Other exhibits include "Genesis: from the creation of the world to the Resurrection", panels carved..

  • 13 Cathedral cloister Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    3 r. du Cloître F - 43000 Le Puy-en-Velay

    Adhering to the north of the cathedral it's made up of galleries from different ages, the oldest being Romanesque. There is a remarkable Romanesque Grille which encloses the west gallery and all around the cloister runs a delicately decorated cornice..

  • 14 Abbey church of St Robert Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 43160 La Chaise-Dieu

    Pope Clement VI had the current church rebuilt by the Occitan architect Hugues Morel from 1344 to 1352. Hewn in granite, it has an air of grandeur and austerity, offset by the 15C rood screen, the superb 17C organ case, and the splendid chancel surro..

  • 15 Basilique St-Julien Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. St-Julien F - 43100 Brioude

    Begun in 1060, the St-Julien basilica was completed in 1180, and heightened and vaulted in 1259. Admire the magnificent chevet: its terraces are in the Auvergnat Romanesque style while its ornamentation is more Burgundian. Note the original appearanc..

  • 16 Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. de la Victoire F - 63000 Clermont-Ferrand

    The most striking aspect of this cathedral, started in 1248 in a style inspired by the Gothic cathedrals of the Île-de-France, is its black colour, due to the Volvic lava used to build it. Viollet-le-Duc added the two spires in 1866. Note the superb ..

  • 17 Clermont's old quarter Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de la Victoire F - 63000 Clermont-Ferrand

    Radiating out from the cathedral, the place de la Victoire, rue Pascal, rue des Gras and rue des Chaussetiers are a typical part of Clermont's old quarter, with austere lava and basalt houses seemingly devoid of all architectural inspiration, and fin..

  • 18 Montferrand's old quarter Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. des Cordeliers F - 63000 Clermont-Ferrand

    The renovation of Vieux Montferrrand, involving 80 or so former town houses, means you can now admire façades, balustrades, staircase turrets and arcades in their original splendour. The Volvic stone contrasts with the pale "honey blond"-co..

  • 19 Musée d'art Roger-Quilliot Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    pl. Louis-Deteix F - 63100 Clermont-Ferrand

    Adrien Fainsilber and Claude Gaillard designed the rooms of this museum around a central atrium. Enjoy a pleasant stroll through its galleries admiring Madonnas in the Auvergne Romanesque style, as well as French, Italian and Flemish paintings. The 1..

  • 20 Lac Pavin Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 63610 Besse-en-Chandesse

    Legend has it that the old town of Besse was swallowed up by Lake Pavin as a divine punishment and it was said that throwing a stone into it would unleash terrible storms. However, the view over the glittering waters from the Fraux parking area is fa..

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