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  • 1 Pompidou-Metz Centre Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 parvis des Droits-de-l’Homme

    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..

  • 2 Grand Colombier Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D120

    Peaking at 1 513m altitude the Grand Colombier is the highest massif in the southern Jura, the Bugey. The hairpin bends and rocky trails don't make it easy to get to, but the exceptional panoramas that await the courageous definitely make it worth th..

  • 3 Mont Colomby de Gex Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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.

  • 4 Haute Corniche Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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..

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

    Nature and gardens

    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. ..

  • 6 Trésor de Conques Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    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 ..

  • 7 Abbatiale Sainte-Foy Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Most of this abbey church dates from the 12C, including the exceptional tympanum over the west door, which features no less than 124 figures carved out of yellow limestone representing the Last Judgement. It is best seen at sunset. The interior is eq..

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

    Nature and gardens

    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..

  • 9 Croix de Provence views Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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..

  • 10 Massif des Calanques Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    The Massif des Calanques stretches almost 20km between Marseille and Cassis. Culminating in the 565m-high Mont Puget, this range is made up of a craggy, dazzling white limestone landscape. Its outstanding charm can be ascribed to its creeks, deeply c..

  • 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..

  • 12 Fôret de Tronçais Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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..

  • 13 Cap Fréhel Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D 16

    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..

  • 14 St-Front quarter Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de la Clautre

    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..

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

    Museums and art

    20 rue du 26e-Régt-d’Infanterie

    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..

  • 16 Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    16 Cloître Notre-Dame

    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..

  • 17 Océanopolis Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Port de Plaisance du Moulin-Blanc

    Situated to the east of the marina and with the appearance of a giant crab, Océanopolis is a wonderful showcase for life in the world's oceans. Several giant aquariums containing 10 000 animals and 1 000 different species provide a spectacular insigh..

  • 18 Musée Fesch Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    50 rue du Card.-Fesch

    Housed in the Palais Fesch, the construction of which started in 1827, this museum houses one of the largest collections of Italian paintings (Botticelli, Giovanni Bellini, Cosimo Tura, Titian etc) in France, as well as works from the French, Spanish..

  • 19 Calanche de Piana Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    These astonishing granite sculptures formed by erosion overlook the Gulf of Porto, creating a chaotic landscape with an unusual and unique appearance. The deep blue of the sea and the often unreal light that bathes this coastline combine with the pal..

  • 20 Monte d'Oro (Oru) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Mont d'Oro (2 389m) is one of Corsica's major peaks, and is a part of a ridge that divides the east and west coasts of the island. Its name (literally meaning "gold") originates from the many river sources on its slopes. The long and arduou..

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