Beautiful 30 Must See South Of France Places To Visit – We always try to travel far away from home, so just take some inspiration from these 30 most beautiful places to visit in France to escape to!
Among these unmissable places on the French territory, at least one of them is going to be your next most favorable destination! If you do not know what to do this weekend or on your next vacation, put on your backpack and go explore one of these beautiful sites.
Beautiful 30 Must See South Of France Places To Visit
Between natural sites, lakes, caves and gorges, we offer you a list of the 30 most beautiful places to visit in France.
1. The Gorges du Verdon, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
Famous for forming the most beautiful canyon in Europe, these exceptional canyons and the turquoise river of the Verdon can definitely top our list for the best places to visit in the South of France! One of the most famous corners of the Gorges du Verdon is certainly the Lac de Sainte Croix.
2. Mont-Saint-Michel, Normandy
Located in the department of Manche in Normandy, the Mont-Saint-Michel which becomes again an island in case of strong tides is one of the must-see places to go in France. It has its famous abbey, restaurants and a magnificent view of the bay.
3. The Valensole Plateau, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
With an area of 800 km², this plateau has a wide variety of Mediterranean and mountain trees and plants. The big plus? This is the place to go to observe the magnificent fields of lavender as far as the eye can see!
4. The Champagne Vineyard, Grand-Est
East of the Paris region, along the rivers of the Marne, Vesle, and Aisne, the Champagne Vineyard is the ideal destination for lovers of the famous gleaming French wine.
5. Gorges du Tarn, Occitanie
Popular for hiking, climbing, and kayaking, the Gorges du Tarn is a canyon located in the department of Lozère and caused by the erosion of the river Tarn. The gorges stretch over 50 km long.
6. Lake Salagou, Occitanie
Lake Salagou is an artificial lake easily accessible from the largest cities Hérault (Montpellier, Béziers, and Sète). Surrounded by red and black hills, this lake offers the chance to explore water sports in an almost lunar landscape.
7. The Garden of Versailles, Île-de-France
Located in the area of the Palace of Versailles, an exceptional monument having been the residence of the Kings of France, the Garden of Versailles is considered to be the model of the regular garden “à la Française” with its 386 works of art including 221 statues.
8. The Camargue, South of France
The Camargue, located in the departments of Bouches-du-Rhône and Gard is an ideal place for a horseback riding and to admire not less than 2000 species of fauna and flora.
9. The creeks of Cassis, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
Located between Cassis and Marseille, this large chain of cliffs offers kilometers of hiking trails with magnificent views of clear blue waters.
10. The Mont Aiguille, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Mont Aiguille is the perfect place for mountaineers located south of the department of Isère. This is one of the seven wonders of Dauphiné!
11. The Medieval City of Carcassonne, Occitanie
The City of Carcassonne located in the department of Aude is a medieval architectural ensemble whose roots date back to the Gallo-Roman period. This city includes the Château Comtal and the Saint-Nazaire Basilica.
12. The Mont Blanc, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
The highest peak in the Alps at an altitude of 4809 meters, Mont Blanc is the highest peak in Western Europe. It is located on the Franco-Italian border.
13. The Rustrel Ocher, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
Also known as “Colorado Provençal”, this semi-natural site in the Vaucluse department covers more than 30 hectares and offers unusual landscapes with orange-red hues reminiscent of Colorado.
14. The Gorges de l’Ardèche, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
True canyon of about thirty kilometers, this site has been classified “national nature reserve”. It is possible to discover the beautiful views that the Gorges de l’Ardèche offer by canoe, hiking or by road by car.
15. Val d’Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
This small mountain village in the department of Savoie is one of the best places to visit in south of France in winter for its many available winter sports. This town is known to be one of the world’s ski capitals! The village has the particularity of not being very crowded in winter which gives it an extra advantage.
16. The Cave of Lascaux, New Aquitaine
World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the cave of Lascaux includes several prehistoric works including paintings and engravings dating back more than 17,000 years.
17. Lake Allos, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
Formed by snowmelt, this 60-hectare natural lake perched at 2,230 meters is the largest mountain lake in Europe.
18. The Dune of Pilat, New Aquitaine
Located at the edge of the forest of Landes de Gascogne and at the southern entrance of the Arcachon basin, the Dune du Pilat is the highest hill in Europe with a height of 110 meters.
19. The Loire Castles, Center-Val de Loire
The Loire Valley has long inspired many artists. Its rivers, forests, vineyards and especially its famous castles will not fail to charm you!
20. The Cirque de Gavarnie, Occitanie
This glacial nature circus, part of the Pyrenees National Park, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a natural and cultural site. At its heart is an impressive waterfall of about 423 m high.
21. The Beaches of Cannes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
Often known for its festival, Cannes is a very beautiful city to explore especially for its beaches that always rests under wonderfully sunny weather!
22. The Midi Canal, Occitanie
Listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1996, the Canal de Midi is one of the oldest canals in Europe still in service. This canal connects the city of Toulouse to Sète, to stream into the Mediterranean Sea.
French island located in the Mediterranean Sea, Corsica is the ideal place to relax in delightful beaches. Discover this island of beauty thanks to our list of the most beautiful places in south of France.
24. The Organs of Ille-sur-Têt, Occitanie
Also called “fairy paths”, Ille-sur-Têt Organs are ocher ridges dating back more than 2 million years resulting from the weathering of sedimentary rocks. This site offers a landscape out of the ordinary in the Pyrenees.
25. The Cliffs of Étretat, Normandy
The Cliffs of Etretat, source of inspiration for many painters, is one of the best places to go in south of France. These spectacular white chalk cliffs and pebble beaches nearby make this place a hit.
26. Lake Annecy, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Lake Annecy, also sometimes called the “blue lake”, is a lake formed about 18,000 years ago when the great alpine glaciers melt. This natural site attracts many tourists every year and offers activities such as paddle, canoeing, and paragliding.
27. The Arcachon Basin, New Aquitaine
This triangular-shaped lagoon is located in the heart of the Landes Gascogne in Gironde and opens wide on the Atlantic Ocean.
28. The Queyras Valley, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
The Queyras Valley is also a regional natural park located in the Hautes-Alpes department. Crossed by the Guil, torrential river of the South-East of France, this destination is very appreciated for the excursions which it offers.
29. The chain of Puys, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
This group of 80 volcanoes of various origins and ages stretches more than 45 km north of the Massif Central. This place is ideal for outdoor activities such as mountaineering biking, skiing, and hiking.
30. Paris, Ile-de-France
We obviously do not forget one of the most visited cities in the world: Paris! Unmissable place in France with monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, the Cathedral Notre-Dame or the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Discover the beautiful French capital!
31. The Pont du Gard, Occitanie
The Pont du Gard is one of the most beautiful Roman masterpieces still standing! The incredible bridge located in the Gard near Remoulins ensured the continuity of the Roman aqueduct that led water from Uzès to Nîmes.
On our side, we still have a lot of other places to visit in the south of France! The list is, of course, can just go on and on, so do not hesitate to comment on the number of places you visited and those that are missing (just under the article)!
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