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  • 1 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..

  • 2 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 ..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 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.

  • 7 Haute Corniche Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 07700 Saint-Remèze

    The Haute Corniche drive offers the most stunning views of the Gorges de l'Ardèche. From Saint-Remèze, you will pass by the belvederes of the Cathédrale and La Madeleine - stopping to visit the cave of the same name - then the Grand Belvédère, the Gr..

  • 8 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. ..

  • 9 Millau Viaduct Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Viaduc de Millau F - 12100 Millau

    You can't miss this spectacular viaduct over the Tarn. The multi-shrouded work was designed by English architect Lord Norman Foster. The elegant structure has seven concrete supports, a metallic roadway and seven steel pylons. At 2 460m long and 343m..

  • 10 Trésor de Conques Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    F - 12320 Conques

    The treasury of the abbey of Conques 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 plaitin..

  • 11 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 second half of the 19C, this mass of rocky outcrops has gradually been freed from the dense undergrowth, to the..

  • 12 Les Alyscamps Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    r. du Cloitre F - 13637 Arles Cedex

    From the Gallo-Roman era to the end of the Middle Ages, this was considered the ultimate in burial places! A certain number of tombs were unfortunately removed from the sumptuous necropolis and used to build convents, but the melancholy of the tomb-l..

  • 13 Croix de Provence views Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Les Cabassols

    From the priory of Notre-Dame-de-Ste-Victoire (1656), there is a short climb up to the Croix de Provence (alt 945m), which stands 17m high on an 11m base. The magnificent panorama of Provençal mountains takes in the Ste-Baume and Étoile ranges to the..

  • 14 Mont Sainte Victoire Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 13080 Aix-en-Provence

    East of Aix-en-Provence lies Mount Sainte-Victoire which reaches a height of 1 011m at its peak, the Pic des Mouches. The dramatic outline of its sheer south side has come to symbolise the whole of the region of Provence, which unfolds before you fro..

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

    Museums and art

    13 r. Nesmond F - 14400 Bayeux

    Words cannot describe the effect of this embroidered tapestry on a 70 metre band of linen. 58 moving, epic and amusing scenes show stories such as the rivalry between Harold and William, an audience with William, Mont Saint-Michel, the death of Edwar..

  • 16 Fôret de Tronçais Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 03350 Cérilly

    The 29 167 acres of this forest are located at the junction of the Berry and Bourbonnais regions. It is famous for its old oak trees, which were once used to build a large part of the French fleet, because Colbert was intent on keeping the best oaks ..

  • 17 Fontenay Abbey Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 21500 Montbard

    Fontenay Abbey is hidden away in a green and isolated valley and has been perfectly restored. It is an excellent example of an autarkical Cistercian monastery. St. Bernard, abbot of Clairvaux, successively founded three «colonies»: Trois-Fontaines, n..

  • 18 Cap Fréhel Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D 16 F - 22240 Fréhel

    The broad view of the coast on clear days is especially beautiful at sunset. It goes as far as Grouin Point to the right, and to the left, up to Bréhat Island. Sometimes the Channel Islands can be seen; the illustrious outline of La Latte Fort stands..

  • 19 St-Front quarter Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place de la Clautre F - 24000 Périgueux

    The old quartier of craftsmen and shopkeepers is a protected area and has been restored several times. Its Renaissance façades, courtyards, staircases, noble mansions and workshops have all been highlighted and the streets have been pedestrianised. P..

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

    Museums and art

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

    This museum, designed by Jean Nouvel, was built on the site of the Domus du Bousquet. It includes an inner courtyard with a glass roof covering the villa and a building with two mezzanines affording a bird's eye view of the site. Marked trails enable..

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