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  • 1 Cime de la Bonette Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Jausiers

    Don't be put off this modest climb (60m to get to an altitude of 2 860m), since the view over the southern Alps which awaits is exceptional: north to Queyras, Mt Viso and l'Ubaye; northwest to the Pelvou massif; west to the upper Verdon; south to the..

  • 2 Oratoire du Chazelet Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - Le Chazelet

    From this isolated spot there is a splendid view (from the bend to the left) of the Meije massif (orientation table at 1 834m). Continue to the village of Chazelet, renowned for its balconies. Heading back down the valley, continue to the Ventelon ch..

  • 3 View from Mont Revard Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 73100 Aix-les-Bains

    Mont Revard (1 537m) offers magnificent plunging views over Lake du Bourget and Aix les Bains. There are interesting views fom the cable car: westwards over the lake and the dent du Chat - through the gap of the Chat pass, the glimmering waters of th..

  • 4 Route du Galibier Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Route du Galibier F - 73450 Valloire

    Sharing the distinction of being the most famous route in the French Alps with that of the Iseran Pass, and linking the Maurienne to the Briançonnais, this steep incline with views over the Maurienne leads from the bottom of the Arc Valley to its tri..

  • 5 Crève-Tête Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Valmorel

    Reached by cable car from Pierrafort, there is a fine view from this summit, taking in the Valmorel Valley surrounded by the Cheval Noir, the Grand Pic de la Lauzière and, beyond, the Belledonne range. On the other side is the Belleville Valley: the ..

  • 6 Route de la Croix-de-Fer Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Rue de la Croix de Fer F - Saint-Martin-de-Belleville

    The route traverses a wild landscape dotted by mountain communities which thanks to its isolation retains its charm. Among the more spectacular sites, don't miss the Collet de Vaujany for its view of the west face of the Grandes-Rousses; the Combe d'..

  • 7 Aiguille Grive Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Arc 1800 F - Peisey-Nancroix

    The Transarc cable car (from Arc 1800) passes over the col du Grand Renard and arrives at the base of the Siguille Grive, at a height of 2 600m, from where the view takes in the Aiguille Rouge, Mont Pourri, the Aiguille du Saint-Esprit, La Grande Mot..

  • 8 Cians Gorge Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 06470 Beuil

    Between Beuil and the Var Valley, the River Cians has cut through red schist and limestone to create some of the most beautiful steep gorges in the Alps. Its powers of erosion are increased tenfold in the weakest places, and thus the river has carved..

  • 9 Saint-Pilon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 83640 Plan-d'Aups-Sainte-Baume

    There is a magnificent panorama (with a viewpoint indicator) from Saint-Pilon in the heart of the Sainte-Beaume massif: to the north, of the Hôtellerie de la Sainte-Baume in the foreground, Mont Ventoux in the distance, the Luberon, Montagne de Lure,..

  • 10 Route des Grandes Alpes Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 05100 Briançon

    Who hasn't dreamt of one day traversing the Alps from end to end, from pass to pass, from one sea to the other, from Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean? The southern part of the route begins at the Col du Lautaret and continues into the southern Alps b..

  • 11 Charmant Som Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 38380 Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse

    A steep incline (of up to 14%)! From the Col de Porte, you first traverse a forest cut across with mountain ramparts which become more and more dispersed, before coming out into pastureland. You can make an initial stop to enjoy the panoramic views a..

  • 12 Route de la Corniche Sublime Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 04120 Castellane

    The Route de la Corniche Sublime begins at Comps-sur-Artuby, a former stronghold of the Knights Templar and later of the Knights Hospitaller. The village nestles at the foot of a rock crowned by the 13C Eglise St André. The views from this church ove..

  • 13 Gorges du Verdon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 04120 Castellane

    Edouard Martel (1859-1938), the inventor of potholing, was the first to explore these gorges in 1905-06. In the 1920s lookout points were built along the canyon, and in 1947 a cliff road (D 71), known as the Corniche Sublime, was constructed on the s..

  • 14 Quyras Regional Nature Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 05100 Briançon

    The Queyras is an isolated hinterland. A geographical, historical and cultural entity, it became a protected park in 1977. Its villages such as st-Veran are among Europe's highest (average altitude here is 2 200m), and its charm combines vast space w..

  • 15 Estérel mountains Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 06150 Cannes

    This low-lying, ravined mountain range extends to the sea with promontories, deep creeks, headlands and beaches. Its fire-red colours form a striking contrast with the indigo blue of the Mediterranean. The Corniche d'Or coastal road running between C..

  • 16 Corniche du Rhône (coastal road) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 26000 Valence

    Valence is the starting point of a magnificent scenic route. The D 287 will first take you past the striking site of the Château de Crussol and then on to St-Romain-de-Lerps. Here, two observation points command a splendid panorama of the entire Rhôn..

  • 17 White Lake Peak Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 38750 L'Alpe-d'Huez

    At an altitude of 3,323 m, the Pic du lac Blanc offers a fine view of Les Deux-Alpes, Lake Lauvitel, Mount Ventoux, L'Alpe-d'Huez, Taillefer, Belledonne and Chartreuse. On the main terrace, a wider panorama enables you to see the Pic Bayle, Grande Ca..

  • 18 Musée de Grenoble Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    5 pl. Lavalette F - 38000 Grenoble

    This soberly designed building is home to one of France's most prestigious museums, which houses exhibits from centuries past as well as modern art. The French and Spanish schools are well represented, with works by Philippe de Champaigne and canvase..

  • 19 Gorges de la Bourne Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 38680 Pont-en-Royans

    After Pont-en-Royans, the D 531 enters the gorge and follows the river, widening slightly before Choranche. After Choranche, the valley narrows again and the road climbs up the steep north bank. On the southern face of the valley stands the rounded g..

  • 20 Vercors Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 38000 Grenoble

    Rising above Grenoble like a fortress, the Vercors became the largest natural park in the northern Alps in 1970. It is reached by narrow gorges such as the gorges of Engins, Grands Goulets or La Bourne. The high, open plateaux are covered with forest..

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