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  • 1 Oratoire du Chazelet Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    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..

  • 2 Crève-Tête Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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 ..

  • 3 Aiguille Grive Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Arc 1800

    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..

  • The largest regional nature park in mainland France is located in the heart of the Auvergne, covering almost 400 000ha around Riom-ès-Montagnes, and boasting five natural regions: four volcanic areas (Puys de Dôme, the Dore mountains, the Cantal moun..

  • 5 Pyrenees National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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:..

  • 6 Aspin Pass Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D918

    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..

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

    Nature and gardens

    2 avenue du Lavedan - porte de la Vallée

    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..

  • 8 Château de Chambord Terraces Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    From the terraces there is a spectacular and unique view: lanterns, chimneys, staircases and dormer windows mingle, hewn by the sculptor's chisel. The royal imagery is extensive: François I's monogram, crowned salamanders, flaming candelabras, fleurs..

  • This Sauveterre plateau viewpoint is aptly named. The panorama takes in the Tarn Gorge, narrow ravines towards Pas de Soucy and the Roche Aiguille. At the foot of the modest plateau overlooking the Tarn from 400m up is the magnificent cirque des Baum..

  • 10 Apocalypse Tapestry Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    2 prom. du Bout du Monde

    Displayed in Angers Castle, the Apocalypse Tapestry is believed to have been created between 1373 and 1383. Originally 133m long and 6m high, it was composed of 6 sections, each comprising a figure seated on a dais looking onto two cycles of 7 scenes..

  • 11 Bayeux Tapestry Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    13bis rue de Nesmond

    A graphic record of the Middle Ages, especially revealing of customs, costumes, boats and architecture, this textile gem of Romanesque art is housed in the Bayeux Tapestry Museum. It is made from coloured wools embroidered on a linen strip 68.30m by ..

  • 12 Route des Grandes Alpes Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Who hasn't dreamt of one day traversing the Alps from end to end, from pass to pass, from one sea to the other, from Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean? The southern part of the route begins at the Col du Lautaret and continues into the southern Alps b..

  • 13 L'Incudine Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Monte Incudine, a 4km-long ridge running between Chiralba and Asinao, takes its name from the anvil-shaped rock located on its uppermost crest and culminates at a height of 2 136m. The summit of this immense mountain affords an exceptional panoramic ..

  • 14 Monte Renusu Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    The climb up the stony slopes of Monte Renoso is best left to more experienced walkers. From Bergeries de Capannelle, a track lined with cairns heads southwestward to meet the Source de Pizzolo then Lake Bastiani (2 089m altitude). Follow the moraine..

  • 15 Combe Laval Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D 76

    After the Col de la Machine, the road, which is carved into the extraordinary limestone rock face, begins to curve vertiginously over the upper valley of Cholet, which you ultimately tower over from a height of 600m. At the far end of the cirque is t..

  • 16 Croisière Blanche Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Once you have taken the Jandri Express cable car, you have to take a tracked minibus to the Dôme de la Lauze. This trip, whose means of transport makes it the only one of its kind in France, will give the uninitiated quite an introduction to high-mou..

  • 17 Glacier du Mont-de-Lans Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    You can reach this glacier by taking the Jandri Express cable car from the centre of the Deux Alpes resort. At 2 600m, you have to take a different cable car up to 3 200m. Then you take the lift and the funicular railway up to the Dôme du Puy Salié (..

  • 18 Crêt de l'OEillon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D 63

    At the Col de l'OEillon, climb as far as the television relay station. At the summit, walk around the station's surrounding wall until you get to the viewpoint indicator. The panorama is one of the most grandiose in the Rhône Valley. In the foregroun..

  • 19 Crêt de Chalam Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    This is the highest peak (1 545m) in this range that dominates the Valserine valley to the west. It is a little arduous to get here, but the panoramic views are spectacularly beautiful and take in the length of the Valserine valley. To the east, the ..

  • 20 Verdun battlefields Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    This section of the frontline illustrates the absurdity of war and the heroism of the soldiers in the trenches. From 21 February 1916 to 20 August 1917, the battle of Verdun pitted several million men against each other and resulted in the death of o..

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