The 7 beautiful places to visit in France

Always diverse and impossible to catalog, France means different things to different people. For some, it's the beaches and the Mediterranean sun. For others, the sparkling ski slopes of the Alps. For others, it is the lavender fields of Provence. And for others, it's all those country castles, ironically completed by impeccably manicured 'English' gardens. They are all beautiful to rub their eyes. And each of us has our absolute favorite. This is probably why indefatigable travelers cannot stop coming back: year after year, France is the most visited tourist destination on the planet. We long to go back to that local bakery, that blue runway, that coastal walk.

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Even if you haven't visited the country before, you'll leave praising the virtues of whatever region you end up going to first. Are you planning a vacation? Dive into our list of the 7 most beautiful places to visit in France and choose the next 'tricolor' getaway of your dreams.


1. Volcans d'Auvergne

Volcans d'Auvergne The 'puys' of Auvergne are rounded hills formed by hardened magma from a chain of dormant volcanoes.
Volcans d'Auvergne

The 'puys' of Auvergne are rounded hills formed by hardened magma from a chain of dormant volcanoes. The star attraction of the 395,000-hectare regional natural park of the volcanoes of Auvergne is the Chaîne des Puys, the Monts Dore, the Cézallier, and the Monts du Cantal, which make up a peculiar but unique environment for walks, cycling, and hot air balloon rides. The supernatural lake of the Pavin crater is essential.


2. Côte de Granit Rose

Côte de Granit Rose This 10 km long stretch from Perros-Guirec to Trébeurden is known as the Pink Granite Coast for the huge blocks of pink rock polished by the Atlantic that line its shores.
Côte de Granit Rose

Would you like to savor the 'vie en rose'? Southern Brittany may have the Bay of Quiberon, the undisputed jewel in the region's crown, but the north may claim the more subtle charms of the Côte de Granit Rose. This 10 km long stretch from Perros-Guirec to Trébeurden is known as the Pink Granite Coast for the huge blocks of pink rock polished by the Atlantic that line its shores. Local must-sees include lunch in the old fishing village of Ploumanac'h, walking the Sentier des Douaniers route, and spotting seabirds in the Sept-Îles nature reserve.


3. Dune du Pilat and Baie d'Arcachon

Dune du Pilat and Baie d'Arcachon - Europe's tallest dune, nestled between forest and ocean, may already be at the top of your traveler's wish list.
Dune du Pilat and Baie d'Arcachon

Europe's tallest dune, nestled between forest and ocean, may already be at the top of your traveler's wish list. But don't miss neighboring Baie d'Archachon, one of the country's richest and most diverse nature reserves. If you're lucky, you'll be able to catch a glimpse of bottlenose dolphins, gray seals, and even leatherback turtles, not to mention thousands upon thousands of migratory birds.



4. Jardins de Marqueyssac

Jardins de Marqueyssac
Jardins de Marqueyssac - The Dordogne valley is full of idyllic forests and postcard villages.

The Dordogne valley is full of idyllic forests and postcard villages. To take it all in, head to the Hanging Gardens of Marqueyssac, on the grounds of the 17th-century castle of the same name. Its 150,000 boxwoods, trimmed into surreal globular shapes, resemble flocks of sheep on the Vésac hillside, while the 5km path through the gardens offers unbeatable views from the castle's clifftop viewpoint.


5. Plateau des Mille Étangs

Plateau des Mille Étangs - Known to the locals as 'little Finland,' the Mille Étangs plateau in the Vosges region is a sprawling labyrinth of some 850 ponds that formed when glaciers retreated from the area 12,000 years ago.
Plateau des Mille Étangs

Known to the locals as 'little Finland,' the Mille Étangs plateau in the Vosges region is a sprawling labyrinth of some 850 ponds that formed when glaciers retreated from the area 12,000 years ago. The 'étangs' mostly cover about ten hectares each and are surrounded by interlocking meadows, streams, and forests. Any fan of fishing and water sports will be in their sauce, and there are also worthy trails and bike routes. Be sure to stop by the thermal baths at nearby Luxeuil-Les-Bains and the Notre-Dame du Haut chapel, designed by maestro Le Corbusier.



6. Calanques marseillaises

Calanques marseillaises - beautiful coves on the surrounding coast with charming names like Cassis, Sormiou, and Sugiton.
Calanques marseillaises

Do you need a field trip after a visit to the fun but hectic Marseille? Do like the locals and go to one of the many beautiful coves on the surrounding coast with charming names like Cassis, Sormiou, and Sugiton. Of course, getting there can be a long journey, but the feeling of primal happiness, the beautiful blue (and typically warm) waters, and the sweet smell of the pines, and the continuous buzz of the cicadas will make the journey worthwhile. The sorrow.


7. Gorges du Tarn

Gorges du Tarn - Tucked between the Causses plateaus and the Cévennes mountains, the Tarn canyon is a picturesque adventure and an ideal place to camp, between the Lozère and Aveyron departments in the south.
Gorges du Tarn

Tucked between the Causses plateaus and the Cévennes mountains, the Tarn canyon is a picturesque adventure and an ideal place to camp, between the Lozère and Aveyron departments in the south. The impressive gorges lend themselves to kayaking, diving, and climbing, while the nearby plateaus are popular with amateur cavers. Spend the night in the pretty 7th-century village of Saint-Énimie, founded by a saint cured of leprosy in nearby waters. Also, note that cunning griffon vultures have been known to hunt for litter in these areas, so watch out for the picnic!

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