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  • 1 Crêt de Chalam Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 39370 La Pesse

    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 ..

  • 2 Verdun battlefields Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Douaumont F - 55100 Douaumont

    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..

  • 3 Pompidou-Metz Centre Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 parvis des Droits-de-l'Homme F - 57000 Metz

    The work of three architects, Japanese Shigeru Ban (who claims he was inspired by the wooden structure of the traditional Chinese bamboo hat), Parisian Jean de Gastines and Londoner Philip Gumuchdjian, the Pompidou-Metz Centre provides a venue for th..

  • 4 Grand Colombier Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D120 F - 01350 Culoz

    Two summits make up the Grand Colombier. To the North, one of the summits has a cross whilst the Southern summit has a triangulation point. From the top of these two settings, hikers may admire the magnificent panorama over the Jura, the Rhone Valley..

  • 5 Mont Colomby de Gex Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 01170 Mijoux

    Mont Colomby de Gex is one of the highest peaks (1 689m) of the Jura range, overlooking the Swiss plain below. It commands a stunning view of the Alps, similar to the one from Mont-Rond.

  • 6 Haute Corniche Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 07700 Saint-Remèze

    Because of its stunning viewpoints, the Haute Corniche is the most impressive sections of the Gorges de l'Ardèche. From Saint-Remèze, drive past La Cathédrale and La Madeleine belvederes, stopping along the way to visit the cave (Grotte de la Madelei..

  • 7 Corniche de L'Eyrieux Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 07240 Vernoux-en-Vivarais

    After admiring the unspoilt setting of the ruined Château de la Tourette, which once marked the gateway to the States of Languedoc, leave Vernoux and head for Boffres. Built on an outcrop, this village dominates a rural landscape of chestnut groves. ..

  • 8 Trésor de Conques Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    F - 12320 Conques

    The treasury of Conques Abbey houses a major collection of church plate from the 9C to the 16C, the most comprehensive display in France. It includes a particularly remarkable reliquary statue of St Faith (10C), made of gold and silver-gilt plaiting ..

  • 9 Chaos de Montpellier-le-Vieux Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 12100 La Roque-Sainte-Marguerite

    Montpellier-le-Vieux is not a town but the amazing result of erosion and rainwater over the Causse Noir dolomite rock. Explored during the late 19C, this mass of rocky outcrops has gradually been freed from dense undergrowth, to the delight of nature..

  • 10 Les Alyscamps Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    r. du Cloitre F - 13637 Arles Cedex

    From the Gallo-Roman period up to the end of the Middle Ages, the Alyscamps ("Champs-Élysées") was one of the most prestigious necropolises in the West. Its heyday came when the necropolis was Christianised, with relics from St Trophimus an..

  • 11 Croix de Provence views Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Les Cabassols

    It's just a short climb from Notre Dame de Ste Victoire Priory (1656) to the 17m Croix de Provence (on a 11m foundation). From here, at an altitude of 945m, there is a magnificent panorama over Provence's mountains. To the south you see rise up the p..

  • 12 Mont Sainte Victoire Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 13080 Aix-en-Provence

    East of Aix-en-Provence lies Mt Sainte Victoire, which reaches a height of 1 011m at its peak, the Pic des Mouches. Its sheer face, creating a silhouette that is evocative of the entire region, is best seen from the Croix de Provence (945m). The D10 ..

  • 13 Massif des Calanques Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 13000 Marseille

    The Massif des Calanques stretches almost 20km between Marseille and Cassis. This rocky limestone landscape is dazzling white and culminates in the 565m-high Mt Puget. Its outstanding charm can be ascribed to the creeks deeply chiseled into its coast..

  • 14 Bayeux Tapestry - Centre Guillaume-le-Conquérant Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    13 r. Nesmond F - 14400 Bayeux

    The famous Bayeux tapestry (it is in fact a piece of embroidery) is housed in a museum with two sections. In the first, this extraordinary 70m-long jewel of Romanesque art is displayed behind a glass panel, highlighting the rivalry between Harold and..

  • 15 Fôret de Tronçais Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 03350 Cérilly

    This 10 000ha forest on this private estate straddle the boundary between the Berry and Bourbonnais. Famed for its oak trees, it once supplied most of the French naval fleet, in accordance with Colbert's wish to keep the best oaks for the Navy. Today..

  • 16 Cap Fréhel Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D 16 F - 22240 Fréhel

    Situated between Saint Brieuc and Dinard, Cap Fréhel is one of the most spectacular sights along the Emerald Coast. Its 70m-high sheer cliffs overlook the sea, as well as reefs, which are battered by the violent breakers below. The tone of its red, g..

  • 17 St-Front quarter Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de la Clautre F - 24000 Périgueux

    The old crafts- and tradespeople's district is a protected area and has undergone substantial restoration work. Its Renaissance façades, courtyards, staircases, historic houses and workshops have all been renovated and shops have reopened along the p..

  • 18 Vesunna, Gallo-Roman site / museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    20 r. du 26e-Régt-d'Infanterie F - 24000 Périgueux

    This museum was designed by architect Jean Nouvel on the site of an elaborate Gallo-Roman house (4,000m2). A model presents the layout of the city of Vesunna in the 2C with the house located near the church and double forum. The original house (1C) w..

  • 19 Saut du Doubs Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 25130 Villers-le-Lac

    From the raised platform of the Lac de Chaillexon, the River Doubs tumbles to its natural level in a magnificent cascade. There is a boat service from Villers-le-Lac to the waterfall, which follows the river's meanders and passes through gorges. On a..

  • 20 Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    16 Cloître Notre-Dame F - 28000 Chartres

    4,000 sculpted people, 5,000 in the stained glass windows, built following the fire which ravaged the previous building in 1194, teeming with details, such that a single visit, no matter, how long can only give a brief overview! The two tall spires a..

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