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  • 1 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..

  • 2 Mémorial de Caen Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    espl. Gén.-Eisenhower F - 14050 Caen

    The Memorial's building occupies the site of the command bunker of the German General W. Richter, who fought against British and Canadian troops on 6 June 1944. This "museum for peace" is a place of history and reflection on the close links..

  • 3 Cathedral of St Étienne Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. Étienne-Dolet F - 18000 Bourges

    A Gothic masterpiece begun in 1195 and consecrated in 1324; the immense west front has 5 portals (the central of which depicts the Last Judgement), leading into a nave and four aisles. The windows (12C-17C) are among France's finest, and the crypt is..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 Fontenay Abbey Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 21500 Montbard

    A fine example of an autarkic Cistercian monastery, the well-restored abbey in its green isolated valley was consecrated in 1147 by Pope Eugene III in the presence of St Bernard, founder of the Order. The land, called Fontanetum, as it "floats o..

  • 6 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..

  • 7 St-Front quarter Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place 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..

  • 8 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 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..

  • 9 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..

  • 10 Castle ruins Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    N86 F - 07130 Saint-Péray

    Situated on the Crussol mountainside, the ruins of the villette (small town) were a refuge for plain dwellers in times of trouble. Access to the castle dominating the Rhône from a height of 230m is along the side of the fortifications. It offers a re..

  • 11 Corniche du Rhône (coastal road) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 26000 Valence

    Valence is the starting point of a magnificent scenic route. The D 287 will first take you past the striking site of the Château de Crussol and then on to St-Romain-de-Lerps. Here, two observation points command a splendid panorama of the entire Rhôn..

  • 12 Pointe du Raz Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D 784 F - 29770 Plogoff

    The magnificent Pointe du Raz headland, a rocky spur which is subjected to the full force of the wind and waves, is situated at the westernmost point of the Cornouaille coast. Officially classified as a "Grand Site de France", it attracts c..

  • 13 Pointe de Penhir Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 29570 Camaret-sur-Mer

    With its 70m-high cliff, this headland on the Crozon peninsula enjoys an unforgettable view. The three formidable and isolated rocks below the cliff are known as the Tas de Pois. To the left, the Dinan headland is visible, while to the right, the St-..

  • 14 Ménez-Hom Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 29550 Saint-Nic

    Ménez-Hom (alt 330m) is the summit of the Black Mountains and one of the highest parts of Brittany. It occupies a key position commanding the approach to the Crozon peninsula, over which it affords a wonderful view. You will be able to admire the Bay..

  • 15 Rocks Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 29942 Ouessant

    This coastline is part of the beautiful Côte Sauvage of the island of Ouessant. To the north of the lighthouse of Créach, the fascinating rugged landscape, treacherous coastline and jagged rocks pounded by the sea are most impressive.

  • 16 Tour of the parish closes Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 29600 Morlaix

    A parish close can be recognised by its closed area comprised of a church, cemetery, generally an ossuary, calvary, outer sacristy and often a monumental or "triumphal" arch or porch. The first major close is that of St-Thégonnec, known for..

  • 17 Musée Fesch Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    50 r. du Card.-Fesch F - 20000 Ajaccio

    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..

  • 18 Site de Bonifacio Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    N196 F - 20169 Bonifacio

    Magnificent"land's end",Bonifacio and its tallwhite cliffsshaped by the wind and the waves make for a spectacular sight. The cityhasboth a port andan upper town. The marina,a portconstructed at the bottom of a 1 500mfjord, is a safe haven f..

  • 19 Aiguilles de Bavella Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Bavella

    Stop at the Pass of Bavella (1 218m) and admire the Aiguilles (needles) de Bavella, also known as the Cornes d'Asinao (horns of Asinao). The jagged peaks emerge from the forest, changing colour in a spectacular stark setting of laricio pine trees and..

  • 20 Cap Corse Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 20200 Bastia

    A climb up Monte Stello (1 307m) is a good introduction to the region. On clear days it commands stunning panoramic views of the entire headland (about 6hr there and back on foot). On the east coast Erbalunga's houses line the waterside of a headland..

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