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France has a wide range of landscapes, from high mountains to cliffs on the coast. Here we suggest a few of our favourites...although there are many that we have not included, such as the beautiful countryside that covers large parts of the country, so where ever you visit you are sure to find beautiful scenery nearby!

Aquitaine

Dune de Pyla

Dune de Pyla (Gironde)

The Dune de Pyla is the largest sand dune in Europe and a Grand Site of France

See Dune de Pyla guide
La Rhune

La Rhune (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

The Rhune is a small Pyrenees mountain that you can go up in a scenic train - a nice way to enjoy the scenery.

See La Rhune guide

Auvergne

Parc des Volcans

Parc des Volcans (Puy-de-Dome)

The Natural Regional Park of the Volcanoes is a beautiful region of forested volcanic domes

See Parc des Volcans guide

Brittany

Cote de Granit Rose

Cote de Granit Rose (Cotes-d'Armor)

The pink rocks and blue seas of the Cote de Granit Rose make it one of the prettiest coastlines in France

See Cote de Granit Rose guide

Corsica

Calanche de Piana

Calanche de Piana (Corse-du-Sud)

The calanche de Piana, red cliffs plunging to the Mediterranean, is one of the most scenic highlights in Corsica

See Calanche de Piana guide
Col de Bavella

Col de Bavella (Corse-du-Sud)

The Col-de-Bavella is a scenic highlight in the mountains of southern Corsica

See Col de Bavella guide
Gorges de Spelunca

Gorges de Spelunca (Corse-du-Sud)

The Gorges de Spelunca in west Corsica is a lovely river valley that passes through the mountains

See Gorges de Spelunca guide
Porto-Vecchio beaches

Porto-Vecchio beaches (Corse-du-Sud)

The beaches of Palombaggia, Tamaricciu and Santa-Giulia near Porto-Vecchio are among the most beautiful in Corsica

See Porto-Vecchio beaches guide
Restonica Valley

Restonica Valley (Haute-Corse)

The Valley of the Restonica includes the lovely Restonica gorges as well as a hike to Lake Melo and Lake Capitello

See Restonica Valley guide
Roccapina

Roccapina (Corse-du-Sud)

Roccapina in Corsica is the site of a lovely beach and a panoramic walk

See Roccapina guide
Sperone beaches

Sperone beaches (Corse-du-Sud)

The beaches of Petit Sperone and Grand Sperone near Bonifacio are among the most lovely beaches in Corsica

See Sperone beaches guide

Languedoc-Roussillon

Gorges de l'Aude

Gorges de l'Aude (Aude)

The Gorges de l'Aude are a scenic highlight to explore close to Carcassonne

See Gorges de l'Aude guide
Gorges de la Jonte

Gorges de la Jonte (Lozere)

Less dramatic and less well known than the Gorges du Tarn north of here, the Gorges de la Jonte are also very scenic and a pleasure to explore

See Gorges de la Jonte guide
Gorges du Tarn

Gorges du Tarn (Lozere)

The cliffs and deep wooded slopes of the Gorges du Tarn make it one of the most lovely places in France to explore

See Gorges du Tarn guide

Limousin

Lake Vassiviere

Lake Vassiviere (Haute-Vienne)

The largest lake in Limousin, Lake Vassiviere is a popular leisure lake with numerous activities available

See Lake Vassiviere guide

Midi-Pyrenees

Col du Tourmalet

Col du Tourmalet (Hautes-Pyrenees)

The Col du Tourmalet is a mountain pass in the Pyrenees, famous because the Tour de France passes here very often

See Col du Tourmalet guide
Gavarnie

Gavarnie (Hautes-Pyrenees)

The natural highlight of the Cirque de Gavarnie, a great circular cliff, is one of the most scenic places in the Pyrenees

See Gavarnie guide

Nord-Pas-de-Calais

Cap Blanc-Nez and Cap Gris-Nez

Cap Blanc-Nez and Cap Gris-Nez (Pas-de-Calais)

The Cap Blanc-Nez and the Cap Gris-Nez are classified as Grand sites de France for their beauty.

See Cap Blanc-Nez and Cap Gris-Nez guide

Picardie

The Bay of the Somme

The Bay of the Somme (Somme)

The Somme Bay is a large bay with a wide natural habitat

See The Bay of the Somme guide

Provence

Calanques at Marseille

Calanques at Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhone)

The white cliffs of the Calanques de Marseille plunging into the deep blue sea make it one of our favourite coastlines in France

See Calanques at Marseille guide
Gorges d'Oppedette

Gorges d'Oppedette (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)

The Gorges d'Oppedette are picturesque gorges in provence, accessible by several hiking trails

See Gorges d'Oppedette guide
Gorges du Verdon

Gorges du Verdon (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)

These gorges in northern Provence are one of the most impressive scenic highlights in France

See Gorges du Verdon guide
Lac de Sainte-Croix

Lac de Sainte-Croix (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)

The Lac de Sainte-Croix is a popular leisure lake with beaches near the Gorges du Verdon in Provence

See Lac de Sainte-Croix guide
Lake Serre-Poncon

Lake Serre-Poncon (Hautes-Alpes)

Among many beautiful Alpine lakes we mention the Lac de Serre-Poncon because of its spectacular setting and wide range of leisure activities

See Lake Serre-Poncon guide
Route des Cretes

Route des Cretes (Bouches-du-Rhone)

The Route des Cretes between Cassis and La Ciotat is a beautiful route in Provence along the highest sea cliffs in France

See Route des Cretes guide
The Ochre Footpath of Roussillon

The Ochre Footpath of Roussillon (Vaucluse)

The Ochre mines of Roussillon are eroded into beautiful colours and shapes and fascinating to explore

See The Ochre Footpath of Roussillon guide
Valgaudemar Valley

Valgaudemar Valley (Hautes-Alpes)

The valley of Valgaudemar is one of many picturesque natural highlughts in the high Alps region

See Valgaudemar Valley guide
Vallee de l'Ubaye

Vallee de l'Ubaye (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)

Starting near the Lac de Poncon, the Vallée de l'Ubaye is one of the scenic highlights in the Alps

See Vallee de l'Ubaye guide

Rhone-Alpes

Gorges de l'Ardeche

Gorges de l'Ardeche (Ardeche)

The Gorges de l'Ardeche are one of the most scenic highlights in France, whether following the road along the rim or canoeing along the river

See Gorges de l'Ardeche guide
Lake Annecy

Lake Annecy (Haute-Savoie)

The towns, villages and scenery around Lake Annecy make it an exceptional region to explore

See Lake Annecy guide

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