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  • 1 Maison Carrée Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    pl. de la Maison-Carrée F - 30000 Nîmes

    This is as pure and well-preserved a Roman temple as may be found anywhere. Erected in the reign of Augustus, it was dedicated to the "princes of youth", the emperor's grandsons. It exudes a fragile charm, due to the harmony of its proporti..

  • 2 Pont du Gard Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    F - 30210 Vers-Pont-du-Gard

    With its ancient patinated stonework, delicate structure and backdrop of green hills and waters of the Gardon, this grandiose feat of engineering built in the 1C continues to amaze. It was part of a 50km-long aqueduct built to bring spring water from..

  • 3 Mont Aigoual Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 30570 L'Espérou

    The meteorological observatory on the summit of Mont Aigoual (1 567m) overlooks the Gard, Hérault and Tarn valleys. The instruments used to record the speed and direction of rain-bearing winds from the Mediterranean and the Atlantic are ever-more sop..

  • 4 Old Toulouse Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 31000 Toulouse

    Old Toulouse boasts a number of truly beautiful buildings, starting with St-Sernin Basilica and Place du Capitole, two of the town's emblematic places, the Musée Saint-Raymond, the Hôtel d'Assézat and Bemberg Foundation, the Musée des Augustins and t..

  • 5 Cirque de Navacelles Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 34520 Saint-Maurice-Navacelles

    Hollowed out by the River Vis, the cirque forms an immense meander deeply embedded in almost vertical walls of rock. It can be seen in its entirety from three spots: Baume-Ariol farm, the village and the north belvedere. The first (alt 618m) offers a..

  • 6 Grotte des Demoiselles Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 34190 Saint-Bauzille-de-Putois

    This crevice in the plateau of Thaurac dominates the Hérault Valley. Right from the entrance, visitors are struck by the size and number of the concretions. Narrow corridors lead to a sort of platform overlooking the central part of the cave, an imme..

  • 7 Grotte de Clamouse Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    rte de St-Guilhem-le-Désert F - 34150 St-Jean-de-Fos

    Discovered in 1945 when an exceptional summer drought enabled explorers to get past the source of the Clamouse, this cave is renowned for its number and variety of delicate white crystalline formations. It has two types of concretions: classical stal..

  • 8 Côte d'Émeraude (Emerald Coast) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 35260 Cancale

    Since 1890, this pretty name has been used to refer to the stretch of coast between the bays of Mont-St-Michel (St Michael's Mount) and St-Brieuc. You can admire wonderful panoramic views at Pointe du Grouin and Cap Fréhel, the coast's most grandiose..

  • 9 Château de Valençay Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    2 r. de Blois F - 36600 Valençay

    Built around 1540 in the Renaissance style (inspired by Chambord), Valençay is a fine example of a Loire valley château making early use of the neo-Classical style: pilasters and domes instead of pepperpot roofs. Gallery dedicated to the Talleyrand-P..

  • 10 Old Tours Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Le vieux Tours F - 37000 Tours

    Around Plumereau square, we find pedestrian streets, often lined with old houses and restored blocks of buildings. An abundance of cafes, restaurants and terraces, in old Tours which has been restored, makes it a particularly pleasant area for stroll..

  • 11 White Lake Peak Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 38750 L'Alpe-d'Huez

    At an altitude of 3,323 m, the Pic du lac Blanc offers a fine view of Les Deux-Alpes, Lake Lauvitel, Mount Ventoux, L'Alpe-d'Huez, Taillefer, Belledonne and Chartreuse. On the main terrace, a wider panorama enables you to see the Pic Bayle, Grande Ca..

  • 12 Musée de Grenoble Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    5 pl. Lavalette F - 38000 Grenoble

    This soberly designed building is home to one of France's most prestigious museums, which houses exhibits from centuries past as well as modern art. The French and Spanish schools are well represented, with works by Philippe de Champaigne and canvase..

  • 13 L'Oisans Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 38520 Le Bourg-d'Oisans

    Demoted by Mont-Blanc when Savoie was annexed to France, the Oisans range is the second highest massif in France, with some parts reaching over 4 000m. Wilder and more unspoilt than its more famous rival, it nonetheless attracts nature-lovers and cli..

  • 14 Vallée de la Romanche Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 38520 Le Bourg-d'Oisans

    The road linking Bourg-d'Oisan and the Col du Lautaret cuts through the wild gorges of the Infernet to reach the bottom of the former glacial valley of the River Romanche. It runs alongside the impressive Chambon dam and skirts the austere Combe de M..

  • 15 Parc national des Écrins Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Place René Perrier F - Le Bourg-d'Oisans

    The 92 000ha of the Parc des Ecrins boast a wide variety of wildlife and landscapes. Edelweiss, lavender, glacial buttercups and peonies are among the 1 800 species of plants found here. On the wildlife side, nearly 210 animal species live within its..

  • 16 Gorges de la Bourne Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 38680 Pont-en-Royans

    After Pont-en-Royans, the D 531 enters the gorge and follows the river, widening slightly before Choranche. After Choranche, the valley narrows again and the road climbs up the steep north bank. On the southern face of the valley stands the rounded g..

  • 17 Vercors Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 38000 Grenoble

    Rising above Grenoble like a fortress, the Vercors became the largest natural park in the northern Alps in 1970. It is reached by narrow gorges such as the gorges of Engins, Grands Goulets or La Bourne. The high, open plateaux are covered with forest..

  • 18 Baume Cirque Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D70E1 F - 39210 Baume-les-Messieurs

    Leave your car near the chalet of the Baume caves. To contemplate the high rocky cliffs which form this cirque will fill you with an overwhelming sensation.

  • 19 Cascade de l'Éventail Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 39130 Menétrux-en-Joux

    A path (leaving from Doucier, further west) leads to the foot of the Cascade de l'Eventail, from where there is the best view. The water tumbles from a height of 65m in leaps and bounds, forming a monumental pyramid of foaming water. The path then le..

  • 20 Château Royal de Blois Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    6 pl. du Château F - 41000 Blois

    The plot against Gaston d'Orléans, escape of Marie de Médicis, assassination of the Duke of Guise; such are the episodes making up the legendary history of this fabulous castle blending Flamboyant Gothic and Italian Renaissance in a classical style, ..

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