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  • 1 Truyère Gorge Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 12140 Entraygues-sur-Truyère

    Unyielding and obstinate the River Truyère has cut deeply into the granite plateau of the upper Auvergne, creating a winding and narrow gorge which is often wild and wooded. Hydroelectric dams have greated a long narrow lake. Leaving Entraygues on th..

  • 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 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!..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 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.

  • 9 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..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 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..

  • 12 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 ..

  • 13 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..

  • 14 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..

  • 15 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..

  • 16 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 ..

  • 17 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..

  • 18 Abbatiale Sainte-Foy Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 12320 Conques

    Most of this abbey church dates from the 12C, including the exceptional tympanum over the west door, which features no less than 124 figures carved out of yellow limestone representing the Last Judgement. It is best seen at sunset. The interior is eq..

  • 19 Lot Gorge Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 12190 Estaing

    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..

  • 20 Vis Gorge Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 34190 Madières

    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..

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