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  • 1 Château de Chambord Terraces Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 41250 Chambord

    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..

  • 2 Point Sublime des Gorges du Tarn Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 48500 Saint-Georges-de-Lévéjac

    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..

  • 3 Apocalypse Tapestry Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    2 prom. du Bout du Monde F - 49000 Angers

    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..

  • 4 Route des Grandes Alpes Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 05100 Briançon

    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..

  • 5 Gorges de l'Ardèche Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 07150 Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

    The famous Pont d'Arc requires no introduction. This monumental natural arch ushers you into one of the most imposing natural phenomena in the southern region of France in a most grandiose fashion. Most of the gorges were declared a protected nature ..

  • 6 Haute Vallée de la Restonica Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 20250 Ponte-Leccia

    Upon leaving the Bergeries de Grotelle, follow the path southward as it climbs up the glacial valley of the Restonica River. Walk along the moraine until you get to a vast grassy basin, at an altitude of around 1 500m. Take the path that goes up the ..

  • 7 Gulf of Porto Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 20115 Piana

    The beauty of the gulf lies in its coastline of red-granite cliffs which contrast sharply with the blue of the sea: to the south, the Calanche de Piana, to the north, the Girolata peninsula and the Scandola nature reserve. This ensemble constitutes o..

  • 8 L'Incudine Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 20132 Zicavo

    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 ..

  • 9 Monte Renusu Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 20227 Ghisoni

    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..

  • 10 Combe Laval Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D76 F - 26420 La Chapelle-en-Vercors

    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..

  • 11 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..

  • 12 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..

  • 13 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 (..

  • 14 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..

  • 15 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 ..

  • 16 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..

  • 17 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..

  • 18 Place du Tilleul Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du Tilleul F - 01800 Pérouges

    Place de la Halle is one of France's most characteristic squares. Its name comes from the covered market that stood in the centre of the village until 1839. The houses lining the square relate the history of the village. The hostelry (Ostellerie) has..

  • 19 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..

  • 20 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.

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