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  • 1 The Gardens of Château de Villandry Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    3 r. Principale F - 37510 Villandry

    Laid out over four terraces, Villandry's gardens are the epitome of Renaissance architectural convention. On the upper level the garden of the sun is a former meadow surronded by lime trees and dominates the whole ensemble. The water garden is the ne..

  • 2 Grand Square Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grand'Place F - 62000 Arras

    Bordered by Flemish Baroque style buildings, its architectural balance is created by the urban structures of an alderman who enforced a rule that all buildings had to be made of brick or stone with no overhang or juts. The oldest building, the hôtel ..

  • 3 Le Puy-en-Velay Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Towns and villages

    F - 43000 Le Puy-en-Velay

    Le Puy-en-Velay's setting is unforgettable. From a fertile plain enormous spikes of volcanic origin rise up, sometimes crowned by a chapel - Saint-Michel-d'Aiguilhe on the top of the Saint-Michel rock is delightful -, sometimes by a monumental statue..

  • 4 Cime de la Bonette Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Jausiers

    Don't be put off this modest climb (60m to get to an altitude of 2 860m), since the view over the southern Alps which awaits is exceptional: north to Queyras, Mt Viso and l'Ubaye; northwest to the Pelvou massif; west to the upper Verdon; south to the..

  • 5 Oratoire du Chazelet Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - Le Chazelet

    From this isolated spot there is a splendid view (from the bend to the left) of the Meije massif (orientation table at 1 834m). Continue to the village of Chazelet, renowned for its balconies. Heading back down the valley, continue to the Ventelon ch..

  • 6 View from Mont Revard Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 73100 Aix-les-Bains

    Mont Revard (1 537m) offers magnificent plunging views over Lake du Bourget and Aix les Bains. There are interesting views fom the cable car: westwards over the lake and the dent du Chat - through the gap of the Chat pass, the glimmering waters of th..

  • 7 Route du Galibier Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Route du Galibier F - 73450 Valloire

    Sharing the distinction of being the most famous route in the French Alps with that of the Iseran Pass, and linking the Maurienne to the Briançonnais, this steep incline with views over the Maurienne leads from the bottom of the Arc Valley to its tri..

  • 8 Crève-Tête Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Valmorel

    Reached by cable car from Pierrafort, there is a fine view from this summit, taking in the Valmorel Valley surrounded by the Cheval Noir, the Grand Pic de la Lauzière and, beyond, the Belledonne range. On the other side is the Belleville Valley: the ..

  • 9 Route de la Croix-de-Fer Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Rue de la Croix de Fer F - Saint-Martin-de-Belleville

    The route traverses a wild landscape dotted by mountain communities which thanks to its isolation retains its charm. Among the more spectacular sites, don't miss the Collet de Vaujany for its view of the west face of the Grandes-Rousses; the Combe d'..

  • 10 Aiguille Grive Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Arc 1800 F - Peisey-Nancroix

    The Transarc cable car (from Arc 1800) passes over the col du Grand Renard and arrives at the base of the Siguille Grive, at a height of 2 600m, from where the view takes in the Aiguille Rouge, Mont Pourri, the Aiguille du Saint-Esprit, La Grande Mot..

  • 11 Cantal mountains Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 15000 Aurillac

    From the top of the Puy Mary the view takes in the Cantal mountains, Europe's biggest volcanic range. Originally a gigantic volcano, it has been worn down by millennia of erosion. The puys have taken on various shapes: Puy Griou appears like a peak; ..

  • 12 Puy Mary Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Pas de Peyrol F - 15140 Salers

    The horn-like shape of this puy is due to glacial erosion during the Quaternary Era. The path on the northwest side takes you to the summit (1 787m). A signboard explains the grandiose landscapes, with the gigantic fan of the range's glacial valleys ..

  • 13 Parc Naturel Régional des Volcans d'Auvergne Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 15400 Riom-ès-Montagnes

    The biggest regional park in mainland France is located in the heart of the Auvergne, extending across close to 400 000ha around Riom-ès-Montagnes. The park is made up of five separate regions: the Puys de Dôme chain; the Dore mountains in the Massif..

  • 14 Cians Gorge Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 06470 Beuil

    Between Beuil and the Var Valley, the River Cians has cut through red schist and limestone to create some of the most beautiful steep gorges in the Alps. Its powers of erosion are increased tenfold in the weakest places, and thus the river has carved..

  • 15 Puy du Fou Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    D27 F - 85590 Les Epesses

    A more effective trip back in time than any epic movie, the enchanting, beautiful estate of Puy de Fou (composed of 50ha of woodland) is the backdrop for historical shows featuring incredible special effects. Covering the years 1000 to 1900, several ..

  • 16 Cap Canaille Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D141 F - 13260 Cassis

    From Cassis, head towards La Ciotat on the Route des Crêtes, dotted with panoramic viewpoints created to enjoy the mountains in the Cap Canaille massif, with spectacular cliffs (the highest in France) overlooking the sea. The word ''canaille'' comes ..

  • 17 Pyrenees National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 65120 Gavarnie

    The Pyrenees National Park covers a mountainous strip of land along the border that is 1-15km wide and 100km long, between the Aspe Valley to the west and the Aure Valley to the east. It takes in six valleys, four of which are in the Hautes-Pyrénées:..

  • 18 Aspin Pass Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D918 F - 65240 Aspin-Aure

    Aspin Pass offers a sweeping panorama in spite of its lower altitude compared to the three other major passes on the Route des Pyrénées between Eaux-Bonnes and Bagnères-de-Luchon (Aubisque, Tourmalet, Peyresourde). The position of the massifs, and th..

  • 19 Pibeste-Aoulhet Massif Regional Nature Preserve Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Ouzous F - 65400 Agos-Vidalos

    The flora and fauna in this nature preserve at the entrance to the Gaves Valley are really interesting: Corsican mountain sheep and izards sharing their habitat with nesting birds of prey on the high limestone cliffs covered with moors and meadows. T..

  • 20 Saint-Pilon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 83640 Plan-d'Aups-Sainte-Baume

    There is a magnificent panorama (with a viewpoint indicator) from Saint-Pilon in the heart of the Sainte-Beaume massif: to the north, of the Hôtellerie de la Sainte-Baume in the foreground, Mont Ventoux in the distance, the Luberon, Montagne de Lure,..

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