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  • 1 Oppidum d'Ensérune Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    F - 34440 Nissan-lez-Enserune

    This site on the Béziers plain appears to have been occupied since the 6C BC. It grew into a proper fortified town, prospering through trade with the Massaliots. Sacked in the late 3C BC, it was restored to prosperity with the arrival of the Romans i..

  • 2 Fabre Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    39 bd Bonne-Nouvelle F - 34000 Montpellier

    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..

  • 3 Promenade du Peyrou Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    prom. 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..

  • 4 Grotte de Dargilan Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 48150 Meyrueis

    The Dargilan Cave was first explored in earnest in 1888 by E-A Martel and companions. Present-day visitors first enter the Grande Salle du Chaos, where concretions are slowly building up. This is followed by the Salle de la Mosquée, containing a numb..

  • 5 Cévennes Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 48150 Florac

    The wonderful landscape of the Cévennes, to the southeast of the Massif Central, is covered in forest. The best views are to be had from Mont Aigoual, Mont Lozère and along the Corniche des Cévennes. Rich mountain pastures, torrents filled with fish,..

  • 6 Jéret Valley Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 65110 Cauterets

    This little valley boasts a string of waterfalls and views. To really enjoy the sight of the magnificent Lutour Cascade near the entrance to the valley, stand on the walkway at the foot of the falls with four streams. The road then goes up the narrow..

  • 7 Gaube Lake Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 65110 Cauterets

    Six viewpoint indicators at the top of the chairlift explain the forest, the izard's habitat, etc. The austere harmony of the site is echoed off in the distance by the rock face of the Vignemale massif dotted with hanging glaciers. Follow the lakefro..

  • 8 Cauterets Valley Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 65110 Cauterets

    After taking the waters at Cauterets, follow the D 920 to explore some of the wonderful landscapes around this spa. Starting at Lutour Cascade and its lovely valley, the Val de Jéret boasts a series of spectacular cascades that lead on to Pont d'Espa..

  • 9 Cirque du Lys Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    pl. Foch F - 65110 Cauterets

    This excursion across the Cambasque Plateau takes you up to 2,303m at Cirque du Lys Ridge, with a superb panorama of the finest summits in the Pyrenees: the Pic du Midi de Bigorre, Vignemale and Balaïtous (viewpoint indicator). Ilhéou Lake can be rea..

  • 10 Tourmalet Pass Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 65200 La Mongie

    At an altitude of 2,115m, this Pyrenean pass boasts a remarkable panorama, in particular of the Barèges summits. In the distance, beyond the Ardiden range, rises the great mass of Balaïtous and its glacier. A plaque has been erected in homage to &quo..

  • 11 Gavarnie Valley Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 65120 Gavarnie

    The great hollows of the Gavarnie, Gèdre and Pragnères basins were gouged out by glaciers. The waters sliced through the rock between the basins to create "narrows", the most typical of which is St-Sauveur Gorge. Temporary dwellings perch o..

  • 12 Cirque de Troumouse Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Héas

    The best view is from a rocky spur in the centre of which stands a statue of the Virgin Mary (45min on foot there and back). The amphitheatre is enormous, large enough, it is claimed, to accommodate three million spectators. Carpeted in meadow grass ..

  • 13 Col d'Aubert Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Fabian

    This pass, at an altitude of 2 498m, links the depression cradling the Aubert and Aumar lakes with the desolate Escoubous coomb on the slopes towards Barèges. There is a remarkable view of the tiered lakes and the smaller stretch of water known as Le..

  • 14 Cape Réderis Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 66650 Banyuls-sur-Mer

    When the road reaches the highest point, park your car and walk a few paces towards the edge for a sweeping view which extends beyond the Languedoc and Catalonia coasts as far as the Cabo de Creus.

  • 15 Côte Vermeille Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 66700 Argelès-sur-Mer

    This stretch of of coastline was christened "Côte Vermeille" (the Ruby Coast) in the 19C, on account of the rose-red colour its rocks take on around dusk. This is a craggy shoreline battered by the waves, with fishing ports and marinas tuck..

  • 16 Ras del Prat Cabrera Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Villerach

    At an altitude of 1 739m, the Ras del Prat Cabrera is a delightful stopping place above the unspoilt Lentilla Valley. The ridges of the Serra del Roc Nègre block the view upstream, so enjoy the panorama of the Roussillon plain, the Albères mountains ..

  • 17 Abbaye St-Martin-du-Canigou Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 66820 Casteil

    The Abbaye St-Martin-du-Canigou, perched in its eagle's eyrie 1 055m above sea level, blends in with its wild, unspoilt setting. The best view is to be had by turning left in front of the abbey (30min there and back on foot), climbing the steps up th..

  • 18 Abbey of Saint Michel de Cuxa Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    rte de Taurinya F - 66500 Codalet

    The church of the monastery of Cuxa (founded 883) was consecrated in 974. The nave is a rare example of pre-Romanesque art in France. In the 11C, Abbot Oliba enlarged the chancel, hollowed out the crypt of the Vierge de la Crèche and added two Romane..

  • 19 Fort de Salses Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 66600 Salses-le-Château

    Emerging from the vineyards, this half-buried fortress is on an imposing scale. The rose hue of its stone and the patinated red brickwork today soften its rugged profile. Built in the 15C, it is France's only example of medieval Spanish military arch..

  • 20 Museum of Modern Art Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    8 bd du Mar.-Joffre F - 66400 Céret

    Works by the Catalan sculptor Manolo Hugué, Picasso, Toni Grand, Joan Brossa, Miró, Chagall, Matisse... adorn this modern building designed by Barcelona architect Jaime Freixa. Spacious galleries are arranged around patios which let in the light and ..

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