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  • 1 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..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 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.

  • 4 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 ..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 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..

  • 7 Port d'Envalíra Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    AND - Pas de la Casa

    This pass rises to an altitude of 2 408m 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.

  • 8 Niaux 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..

  • 9 Prehistoric Park Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Route 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..

  • 10 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 ..

  • 11 Archaeological Museum of Narbonne 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..

  • 12 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..

  • 13 Musée Fenaille Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    14 place 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..

  • 14 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..

  • 15 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..

  • 16 St Raymond Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 ter place St-Sernin F - 31000 Toulouse

    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..

  • 17 St-Mary Cathedral Cloister and Treasure Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 31510 Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges

    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..

  • 18 Saint Mary's Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    place de la République F - 32000 Auch

    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..

  • 19 Old Montpellier Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    place de la Comédie F - 34000 Montpellier

    Between Place de la Comédie and the Peyrou Triumphal Arch, the old quarters of Montpellier have kept their winding, narrow streets, the vestiges of the town's medieval layout. Since the 17 and 18C, the streets have been lined with superb private resi..

  • 20 Promenade du Peyrou Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place Royale du Peyrou F - 34000 Montpellier

    At Montpellier's highest point and designed in 1688 by Charles d'Aviler, the promenade is crossed by the St Clement aqueduct which served to carry water from the Lez springs to the water tower. Inspiration for the two rows of 22m arcades was drawn fr..

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