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  • 1 Crêt de Chalam Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 39370 La Pesse

    This is the highest peak (1 545m) in this range that dominates the Valserine valley to the west. It is a little arduous to get here, but the panoramic views are spectacularly beautiful and take in the length of the Valserine valley. To the east, the ..

  • 2 Grand Colombier Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D120 F - 01350 Culoz

    Peaking at 1 513m altitude the Grand Colombier is the highest massif in the southern Jura, the Bugey. The hairpin bends and rocky trails don't make it easy to get to, but the exceptional panoramas that await the courageous definitely make it worth th..

  • 3 Mont Colomby de Gex Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 01170 Mijoux

    Mont Colomby de Gex is one of the highest peaks (1 689m) of the Jura range, overlooking the Swiss plain below. It commands a stunning view of the Alps, similar to the one from Mont-Rond.

  • 4 Baume Cirque Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D70E1 F - 39210 Baume-les-Messieurs

    Grandiose, spectacular, impressive! Adjectives can barely do justice to this exceptional natural site, forged where three valleys converge at the foot of the magnificent blind valley of Cirque de Baume. An illustrious abbey, the church and most of th..

  • 5 Cascades du Hérisson Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 39130 Menétrux-en-Joux

    The source of the Hérisson is at an altitude of 805m, and the river tumbles down the slopes in spectacular waterfalls. It rapidly reaches the Doucier plateau, dropping 255m in 3km. In the gorges, it forms numerous waterfalls, such as the famous Casca..

  • 6 Cascade de l'Éventail Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 39130 Menétrux-en-Joux

    A path (leaving from Doucier, further west) leads to the foot of the Cascade de l'Eventail, from where you get the best view of the waterfall. The water tumbles in a series of jumps from a height of 65m, forming a grandiose pyramid of foaming water. ..

  • 7 St Magdalen's Basilica of Vézelay Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Place de la Basilique F - 89450 Vézelay

    This admirable church is set on a hill at the top of the village of Vézelay. The present basilica, one of the most beautiful in France, is partly Romanesque and has a vast, luminous nave with splendid statues. It was built in homage to St Magdalen wh..

  • 8 Place du Tilleul Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du Tilleul F - 01800 Pérouges

    It was originally called "Place de la Halle" but today only memories remain of the covered market that burnt down in 1839. Its current name refers to the lime tree that has stood at the centre of the square since 1792. The houses lining the..

  • 9 Beaune's Hôtel-Dieu Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. de l'Hôtel-Dieu F - 21203 Beaune

    Its beautiful architecture, elegant decoration (ironwork, gabled windows and weather vanes), famous varnished tiles and old well are more suited to a Gothic palace than a hospice. In the Grand'salle or "poor room", there is a 15C Christ of ..

  • 10 Fontenay Abbey Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 21500 Montbard

    A fine example of an autarkic Cistercian monastery, the well-restored abbey in its green isolated valley was consecrated in 1147 by Pope Eugene III in the presence of St Bernard, founder of the Order. The land, called Fontanetum, as it "floats o..

  • 11 Belvedere of the Baume Rocks Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D471 F - 39210 Baume-les-Messieurs

    The cliffs of Baume, also known as the Crançot Belvedere, constitutes a magnificent viewpoint over the valley. The Crançot Ladders, which is nothing more than a staircase which replaced several 17C ladders, provide access to the bottom of the pass an..

  • 12 Saut du Doubs Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 25130 Villers-le-Lac

    A "Grand Site National", the waterfall is one of Franche-Comté's most famous natural sites. From the Lac de Chaillexon, its waters tumble in a magnificent cascade. You even have a choice of angles from which to admire it (the French side or..

  • 13 The Burgundy Côte Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Beaune

    For wine lovers, this landscape is the stuff of legend. For 65km between Dijon and Santenay lies one of the world's greatest wine growing regions. Every step of the way seems to have its own famous name: each village, each slope: a proud viticultural..

  • 14 Tryptichs of Ternant Church Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Le Bourg F - 58250 Ternant

    These 15C Flemish triptychs in carved painted and gilded wood were given to the church, one by Baron Philippe de Ternant, chamberlain to the Duke of Burgundy Philippe the Good, the other by his son Charles. The larger triptych of the Passion includes..

  • 15 Bibracte-Mont Beuvray Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    F - Saint-Léger-sous-Beuvray

    This site has a flat summit that stands out from the mountains of the Haut Morvan. Inhabited since Neolithic times, Mt Beuvray (821m) was selected in the 1C BC by the powerful Aedui tribe as its capital: Bibracte is the archaeological site of the for..

  • 16 Brionnais Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Charlieu

    This attractive cattle-farming region is dotted with fine Romaneque churches like those at Anzy le Duc and Semur en Brionnais, both of which feature on the Chemins du Roman (Romanesque route). The local abundance of first-rate raw materials in the fo..

  • 17 Furniture of Château de Drée Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    F - 71800 Curbigny

    Château de Drée's reception rooms and bedrooms have fine Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI furniture, Savonnerie carpets and wall hangings (the owners were part of a textile dynasty from the north of the country). Note the Directoire dining room and ..

  • 18 The Mâconnais Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Mâcon

    Between Tournus and Mâcon, the Mâconnais mountains are striking for their red-hued soil, verdant vineyards and picturesque high villages, a joy to discover on foot or by bike along the Voie Verte path, or by car following the Lamartine trail. Its var..

  • 19 Morvan Regional Nature Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Vézelay

    At the heart of Burgundy, the mysterious Morvan massif spreads over four départements. Its geography and geology make it a distinct region, contrasting with its neighbours. Far from the major roads, the Morvan is the ideal place for those in search o..

  • 20 Descent to Gex Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D1005 F - 01170 Gex

    Once you have gone over the Faucille Pass, you cross the wood of fir trees; then, after the hotel La Mainaz, the D 1005 loops into a large hairpin bend above the pastures and hotels of Le Pailly. You will be rewarded with splendid panoramic views ove..

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