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  • 1 Dourbie Gorge Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 12230 Nant

    Less well-known and thus less visited than the Tarn Gorge, the Dourbie Gorge has equally spectacular scenery as it winds its way sometimes vertiginously from Nant. Narrow and steep-sided for most of its course, its fresh wild waters are full of trout..

  • 2 Héric Gorge Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 34390 La Trivalle

    Follow the thunderous torrent between high rocks as it drops in waterfalls and pauses in calm pools, the largest of which is the gouffre du Cerisier. Further along on the right is the majestic cirque de Farrières, surmounted by jagged needle outcrops..

  • 3 Cirque de Mourèze Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 34800 Mourèze

    Hewn by wild forces in the side of Mont Liausson, this is a magnificent natural spectacle. A 340ha-amphitheatre, the Mourèze cirque is a vast chaos of dolomitic rocky outcrops bordered to the south by the Petite Dourbie Valley. Many footpaths facilit..

  • 4 Jonte Gorge Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 48150 Meyrueis

    Downstream from Meyrueis, the River Jonte flows through a canyon, its steep limestone flanks hewn by erosion. A bit further along, the canyon becomes narrower and in summer the river disappears among crevasses. Approaching the hamlet of Douzes, the r..

  • 5 Roc du Serre Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 48210 La Malène

    Here at the heart of the Tarn Gorge area, there is a remarkable view of the canyon, hewn between the Sauveterre and Méjean plateaus, Mont Lozère, the Aigoual massif, the village of La Malène and the winding D 16 as it rises across the plateau.

  • 6 Belvédère du Chassezac Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 48800 La Garde-Guérin

    This spectacular spot is above the medieval hamlet of La Garde-Guérin (turn left at the "belvedere" sign on the D 906 and follow the track up to a narrow platform). The view shoots vertiginouslyy down into the Chassezac Gorge; the rumbling ..

  • 7 Fou Gorge Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 66150 Arles-sur-Tech

    Head south out of Arles-sur-Tech on the D 115. The road switches from the right bank to the left bank of the River Tech. Leave the car near the track which leads on the right into the pretty Fou gorge; its suspended walkways are not easily forgotten!..

  • 8 Le Fenouillèdes Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 66220 Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet

    Between southern Corbières and Conflent, the Fenouillèdes is striking for its savage beauty. From Estagel, the landscape is given over to the vineyards of Maury and Côtes du Rousillon. Between Sournia and Prades, the massif takes on a more austere as..

  • 9 The Carol Valley Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 66760 Porté-Puymorens

    The valley is reached from the col de Puymorens by a winding road and through the Puymorens tunnel (above its entrance is the Cascade de Lumiere, a polychrome glass sculpture by Josette Rispal). The road drops down towards Carol, with views of the si..

  • 10 Port d'Envalíra Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    AND - Pas de la Casa

    This pass rises to an altitude of 2 047m and lies on the dividing line between the Atlantic and Mediterranean slopes. It is definitely worth a pause to enjoy the view of the Andorran mountains.

  • 11 Montségur Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 09300 Montségur

    Scene of the final crusade against the Cathars, the Château de Montségur, perched on its rocky crag 1,216m above sea level, occupies a site towering above a series of cliffs. It commands an exceptional view of the Plantaurel hills, the Aude Valley an..

  • 12 Niaux-La Calbiere Cave Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    F - 09400 Niaux

    This cave in the Vicdessos Valley is famous for its remarkably well-preserved prehistoric wall drawings. Due to the fragile nature of the setting, visits are conducted by torchlight and are limited to the Salon Noir area. The walls are decorated with..

  • 13 Prehistoric Park Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    rte de Banat F - 09400 Tarascon-sur-Ariège

    The Prehistoric Park is devoted to cave paintings and the life of the Magdalenians. It illustrates the world of the decorated caves through photographs, videos and excellent reconstructions, including a large painted panel from the Marscoulas Cave, t..

  • 14 St Just and St Pasteur Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    r. Armand-Gautier F - 11100 Narbonne

    The High Gothic chancel was completed in 1332 but to continue it would have been necessary to demolish part of the ramparts, which at the time were still of use. Work stopped there and thus the cathedral is made up of an architecturally pure chancel ..

  • 15 Archaeological Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Palais des Archevêques F - 11100 Narbonne

    In addition to its lapidary collection evoking the institutions, religious and commercial practices of Roman Narbonne, the Archaeological Museum has France's best collection of Roman paintings. Primarily from the archaeological site of Clos de la Lom..

  • 16 Fontfroide Abbey Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    rte D 613 F - 11100 Narbonne

    In the Corbières hinterland, the abbey buildings of Fontfroide were mainly erected in the 12C-13C and represent the apogee of the Cistercian style, enhanced by fine 20C stained-glass windows. The cloister is very elegant and the church is large yet w..

  • 17 Cathar Corbières Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 11350 Tuchan

    With its fragrant scrub and valley vineyards, the mountainous Corbières region assures visitors a pleasant experience. It is however its Cathar heritage which continues to fascinate. Known as the "Five Sons of Carcassonne", the citadels pro..

  • 18 Château de Quéribus Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 11350 Cucugnan

    Three successive walls protect the keep which stands on the highest point of a rocky outcrop (729m). The polygonal two-storey keep is comprised of a lower room and an upper Gothic hall whose vaulting rests on a central pillar. The unusual layout and ..

  • 19 Notre Dame Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Place d'Armes F - 12000 Rodez

    The current building was built in red sandstone from 1277. The impressive façade, with the allure of a fortress was originally a stronghold built beyond the city's perimeter wall. In 1510, a magnificent 87m-high bell tower was built to top the Flambo..

  • 20 Musée Fenaille Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    14 pl. Eugène-Raynaldy F - 12000 Rodez

    Hôtel de Jouéry is the oldest residence in Rodez and abutting it is a modern building which does not detract from the former in any way. This is the location of the Rouergue archaeology and history museum covering the period from prehistory to the Re..

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