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  • 1 Pyrenees National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 65120 Gavarnie

    The Pyrenees National Park covers a mountainous strip of land along the border that is 1-15km wide and 100km long, between the Aspe Valley to the west and the Aure Valley to the east. It takes in six valleys, four of which are in the Hautes-Pyrénées:..

  • 2 Aspin Pass Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D918 F - 65240 Aspin-Aure

    Aspin Pass offers a sweeping panorama in spite of its lower altitude compared to the three other major passes on the Route des Pyrénées between Eaux-Bonnes and Bagnères-de-Luchon (Aubisque, Tourmalet, Peyresourde). The position of the massifs, and th..

  • 3 Pibeste-Aoulhet Massif Regional Nature Preserve Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 65400 Agos-Vidalos

    The flora and fauna in this nature preserve at the entrance to the Gaves Valley are really interesting: Corsican mountain sheep and izards sharing their habitat with nesting birds of prey on the high limestone cliffs covered with moors and meadows. T..

  • 4 Point Sublime des Gorges du Tarn Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 48500 Saint-Georges-de-Lévéjac

    This Sauveterre plateau viewpoint is aptly named. The panorama takes in the Tarn Gorge, narrow ravines towards Pas de Soucy and the Roche Aiguille. At the foot of the modest plateau overlooking the Tarn from 400m up is the magnificent cirque des Baum..

  • 5 Trésor de Conques Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    F - 12320 Conques

    The treasury of Conques Abbey houses a major collection of church plate from the 9C to the 16C, the most comprehensive display in France. It includes a particularly remarkable reliquary statue of St Faith (10C), made of gold and silver-gilt plaiting ..

  • 6 Chaos de Montpellier-le-Vieux Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 12100 La Roque-Sainte-Marguerite

    Montpellier-le-Vieux is not a town but the amazing result of erosion and rainwater over the Causse Noir dolomite rock. Explored during the late 19C, this mass of rocky outcrops has gradually been freed from dense undergrowth, to the delight of nature..

  • 7 Basilica of St-Sernin Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. St-Sernin F - 31000 Toulouse

    The biggest and most beautiful Romanesque church of the Midi. It holds the largest number of relics in France, particularly, the sepulchre of Saint Saturnin, first bishop of Toulouse. The chevet, partly made of stone, and the five story eight-sided c..

  • 8 Grotte des Demoiselles Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 34190 Saint-Bauzille-de-Putois

    This crevice in the plateau of Thaurac dominates the Hérault Valley. Right from the entrance, visitors are struck by the size and number of the concretions. Narrow corridors lead to a sort of platform overlooking the central part of the cave, an imme..

  • 9 Grotte de Clamouse Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    rte de St-Guilhem-le-Désert F - 34150 St-Jean-de-Fos

    Discovered in 1945 when an exceptional summer drought enabled explorers to get past the source of the Clamouse, this cave is renowned for its number and variety of delicate white crystalline formations. It has two types of concretions: classical stal..

  • 10 Massif de l'Aigoual Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 48150 Meyrueis

    The Aigoual mountain range is crisscrossed by a number of scenic roads, cutting through young forests or running along ridges which offer splendid views. Even though the summit is lost in cloud more often than not, on fine days it commands a tremendo..

  • 11 Pont d'Espagne Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 65110 Cauterets

    Set in a magnificent site, this bridge in fact owes its name to an ancient mule track leading to Spain. Several footbridges and viewpoints offer breathtaking views of the tumultuous waters of two mountain streams forming a series of cascades as they ..

  • 12 Cirque de Gavarnie Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 65120 Gavarnie

    At the end of the village of Gavarnie, take the dirt track and follow the left bank of the gave (mountain torrent). Suddenly the superb Cirque de Gavarnie comes into view: three layers of snow-covered strata, peaks gleaming curiously white against oc..

  • 13 Néouvielle Massif Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 65170 Saint-Lary-Soulan

    This granite mountain massif, culminating at Pic Long (3,192m), displays numerous examples of glacial relief. Before climbing up, take the time to visit the wooded Rioumajou valley, lined with waterfalls, and Aubert Pass. On the way up, you pass by m..

  • 14 Pic du Canigou Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 66820 Fillols

    Revered by Catalonians, Canigou was long held to be the highest peak in the Pyrenees, and it can be seen for miles around from the peaks of the Corbières, Conflent, Cerdagne, the Perpignan plain and even the beaches of Roussillon. At an altitude of 2..

  • 15 Cloisters of Moissac abbey Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    6 pl. Durand-de-Bredon F - 82200 Moissac

    These remarkable late-11C cloisters stand in the shade of a huge cedar tree. Note the slender arcades and columns, alternately single and paired, in harmonious tones of marble - white, pink, green and grey. The rich decoration depicts a great variety..

  • 16 City Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Cros-Mayrevieille F - 11000 Carcassonne

    Built on the right bank of the River Aude, the City is made up of a fortified centre, the chateau Comtal and a double surrounding wall. The outside one, with 14 towers, is separated from the interior wall, with 24 towers, by the lists. Abandoned when..

  • 17 Château de Peyrepertuse Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 11350 Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse

    This high-perched citadel (780m) comprises two adjacent but separate castles. The lower, château bas was built in the 11C when the Corbières were part of Aragon. A gaping hole in a watchtower near the lower keep commands a splendid view of Quéribus. ..

  • 18 Millau Viaduct Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Viaduc de Millau F - 12100 Millau

    This spectacular cable-stayed viaduct was designed by English architect Lord Foster. The elegant structure has seven concrete supports, a metallic roadway and seven steel pylons. At 2 460m long and 343m above the Tarn at its highest point, the viaduc..

  • 19 Old Toulouse Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 31000 Toulouse

    Old Toulouse boasts a number of truly beautiful buildings, starting with St-Sernin Basilica and Place du Capitole, two of the town's emblematic places, the Musée Saint-Raymond, the Hôtel d'Assézat and Bemberg Foundation, the Musée des Augustins and t..

  • 20 Cirque de Navacelles Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 34520 Saint-Maurice-Navacelles

    Hollowed out by the River Vis, the cirque forms an immense meander deeply embedded in almost vertical walls of rock. It can be seen in its entirety from three spots: Baume-Ariol farm, the village and the north belvedere. The first (alt 618m) offers a..

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