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  • 1 Charmant Som Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 38380 Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse

    A steep incline (of up to 14%)! From the Col de Porte, you first traverse a forest cut across with mountain ramparts which become more and more dispersed, before coming out into pastureland. You can make an initial stop to enjoy the panoramic views a..

  • 2 Croisière Blanche Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 38860 Les Deux-Alpes

    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..

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

    Nature and gardens

    F - 38860 Mont-de-Lans

    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 (..

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

    Nature and gardens

    D 63 F - 42660 Le Bessat

    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..

  • 5 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 ..

  • 6 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..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 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..

  • 9 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.

  • 10 Quyras Regional Nature Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 05100 Briançon

    The Queyras is an isolated hinterland. A geographical, historical and cultural entity, it became a protected park in 1977. Its villages such as st-Veran are among Europe's highest (average altitude here is 2 200m), and its charm combines vast space w..

  • 11 Aven d'Orgnac Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    pl. Robert-de-Joly F - 07700 Saint-Remèze

    This sinkhole was discovered by Robert Joly inAugust 1935 and turned out to be a magnificent network of chambers with a great variety of concretions. Shaped by underground waters, the huge chambers are a testament to climate change in the quatenary e..

  • 12 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 theGorges de l'Ardèche. From Saint-Remèze, drive past La Cathédraleand La Madeleinebelvederes, stopping along the way to visit the cave(Grotte de laMadeleine), ..

  • 13 Panorama Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 07130 Saint-Romain-de-Lerps

    Two viewing tables have been set up on either side of a chapel, commanding a grandiose, sweeping view which covers no less than 13 departments. To the east, the eye is drawn to the Vercors, with, beyond, the sparkling summits of the Alps and Mont Bla..

  • 14 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. ..

  • 15 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 ..

  • 16 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..

  • 17 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..

  • 18 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..

  • 19 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 ..

  • 20 Camargue Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 13104 Arles

    With its vast open spaces that are home to herds of black bulls with distinctive curved horns, slender silhouettes of pink flamingoes and galloping white horses, the Camargue is a unique place. This natural habitat has been preserved thanks to the cr..

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