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  • 1 Héric Gorge Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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..

  • 2 Mont Lozère Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    This imposing granite massif rises majestically between Florac, Mende, Génolhac and Villefort. The symbol of the département to which it gives its name, its highest point reaches 1 699m (sommet de Finiels). Its desolate landscape strewn with granite ..

  • 3 Jonte Gorge Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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..

  • 4 Roc du Serre Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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.

  • 5 Belvédère du Chassezac Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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 ..

  • 6 Le Fenouillèdes Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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..

  • 7 The Carol Valley Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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..

  • 8 Port d'Envalíra Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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.

  • 9 Niaux-La Calbiere Cave Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    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..

  • 10 Prehistoric Park Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Route de Banat

    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..

  • 11 St Just and St Pasteur Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    r. Armand-Gautier

    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 ..

  • 12 Archaeological Museum of Narbonne Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Palais des Archevêques

    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..

  • 13 Cathar Corbières Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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..

  • 14 Musée Fenaille Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    14 pl. Eugène-Raynaldy

    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..

  • 15 Lot Gorge Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Beyond Estaing, the River Lot flows into the Golinhac dam reservoir before flowing on through narrow and picturesque gorge scenery. Some 300m deep, the gorge rarely exceeds 1 500m across at the top of its sides. Rocky outcrops rise up from its wooded..

  • 16 Vis Gorge Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Beyond Madières, the River Vis runs between the high cliffs of the Blandas limestone plateau on the left and the steep slopes of the Séranne mountain on the right. On leaving Le Claux, ruined Château de Castelas can be seen on a clifftop at the mouth..

  • 17 St Raymond Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 ter place St-Sernin

    Romanesque sculpture is outstandingly represented in this museum housed in the former Saint-Raymond school. Built in 1523 and later reconstructed by Viollet-le-Duc, it has been superbly restored. The museum contains numerous objets from ancient Tolos..

  • The galleries in the cloister of Ste-Marie Cathedral are from various eras: Romanesque, Gothic, 15C and 16C. Note the remarkable capitals decorated with tracery, foliage motifs and biblical scenes, and the famous pillar of the Four Evangelists (Matth..

  • 19 Saint Mary's Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. de la République

    The vast chancel of the Cathédrale Sainte-Marie has preserved two sets of art work of the finest calibre: the stained-glass windows by Gascon master Arnaud de Moles (1460-1520), and the enormous stalls by huchiers (113 oak stalls in total, 69 of whic..

  • 20 Fabre Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    39 boulevard Bonne-Nouvelle

    The museum was established in 1825 thanks to the generosity of local painter François-Xavier Fabre (1766-1837) who established a major collection here. His and later donations by other local artists like Bazille and Soulages constitute over 800 Europ..

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