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  • 1 Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    16 Cloître Notre-Dame F - 28000 Chartres

    4,000 sculpted people, 5,000 in the stained glass windows, built following the fire which ravaged the previous building in 1194, teeming with details, such that a single visit, no matter, how long can only give a brief overview! The two tall spires a..

  • 2 Océanopolis Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Port de Plaisance du Moulin-Blanc F - 29200 Brest

    Situated to the east of the marina and with the appearance of a giant crab, Océanopolis is a wonderful showcase for life in the world's oceans. Several giant aquariums containing 10 000 animals and 1 000 different species provide a spectacular insigh..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 Calanche de Piana Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Porto

    These astonishing granite sculptures formed by erosion overlook the Gulf of Porto, creating a chaotic landscape with an unusual and unique appearance. The deep blue of the sea and the often unreal light that bathes this coastline combine with the pal..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 Monte d'Oro (Oru) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 20219 Vizzavona

    Mont d'Oro (2 389m) is one of Corsica's major peaks, and is a part of a ridge that divides the east and west coasts of the island. Its name (literally meaning "gold") originates from the many river sources on its slopes. The long and arduou..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 Grotte des Demoiselles Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    St-Bauzille-de-Putois F - 34190 Ganges

    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..

  • 9 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..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 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 and inspired by Chambord, Valençay is not to be outdone by the nearby châteaux of the Loire Valley. Note the first touches of the Classical style: superposed pilasters and domes instead of pepperpot roofs. T..

  • 12 White Lake Peak Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 38750 L'Alpe-d'Huez

    At an altitude of 3,327 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..

  • 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 touch 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 Vallée du Vénéon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 38520 Le Bourg-d'Oisans

    Heading out of Le Bourg-d'Oisans towards La Bérarde, the road enters the extensive glacial Le Vénéon valley beyond Les Clapiers. To the right, the Pont-Escoffier power station is fed by the Le Plan du Lac dam. The Tête de la Muraillette peak (altitud..

  • 16 Écrins National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Place René Perrier F - Le Bourg-d'Oisans

    Created in 1973, the Parc des Écrins was designated "Parc Européen de la Haute Montagne" by the Council of Europe. Its almost 100 000ha (270 000ha including the peripheral zone) make it the most vast French national park. Cut into by deep v..

  • 17 Vercors Massif 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

    Grandiose, spectacular, impressive! Adjectives can barely do justice to this exceptional natural site, forged where three valleys converge at the foot of the magnificent blind valley of Cirque de Baume. An illustrious abbey, the church and most of th..

  • 19 Cascades du Hérisson Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 39130 Menétrux-en-Joux

    The source of the Hérisson is at an altitude of 805m, and the river tumbles down the slopes in spectacular waterfalls. It rapidly reaches the Doucier plateau, dropping 255m in 3km. In the gorges, it forms numerous waterfalls, such as the famous Casca..

  • 20 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 you get the best view of the waterfall. The water tumbles in a series of jumps from a height of 65m, forming a grandiose pyramid of foaming water. ..

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