France is mostly known for its popular city – Paris and its Eiffel Tower, historic buildings, Cathedrals, Palaces, and Temples. But let’s not forget about the incredible outdoors it has to offer – France smolders with natural beauty, from the spectacular river carved cliff sides of Gorges du Verdon to the Dune du Pilat, Europe’s highest sand dune. Explore the natural wonders of France and stay at our favorite properties and villas, with a unique culinary experience from our own house chefs and incredible moderate excursions.
Gorges du Verdon
This river canyon located in the South East of France makes this southern French valley a magnet for adventure travelers, as well as a favorite spot for that less adrenaline-fuelled pastime, le pique-nique. The side cliffs of the river are perfect for kayaking and rock climbing, but the stunning views are on show for road trippers. The southern valley is also home to incredible exquisite villages and vineyards which produces best wines in the region.
Aiguilles de Bavella
Set on the south of the Corsica region in France. Ideally situated in the Regional Nature Park of Corsica, the Bavella needles with their impressive shapes and colors, ranging from red to grey and covered with immense forests, it is also a rendezvous for hikers of all levels from 7 to 77. Corsica feels like a world apart from mainland France, particularly in summer when the island is aflame with wildflowers. In the south, the sight of the Aiguilles de Bavella (Bavella Needles) will stun you almost as completely as local brandy acquavita. For stellar views, hike from Col de Bavella – there are walking trails to suit all abilities.
Dune du pilat
Majestic, awesome, spectacular, and unusual. The famous Dune of Pilat definitely leaves no-one indifferent! This sand formation is situated in Archacon Bay, in the municipality of La Teste-de-Buch, it is the tallest dune in Europe. Its incredible measurements are the stuff of dreams between 100 and 115 meters tall depending on the year, 2.7 kilometers long and 500 meters wide! But those who are not its only assets. Indeed, while it is particularly known for its record height, it is also famed for the exceptional scenery it offers from its peak. It is barely an hour from wine-rich Bordeaux, and draws paragliders, sun lovers and occasional skier – Only in winter when brings a dusty snow.
Cote de Granit Rose
This beautiful remarkable coastline with pink granite coast is located in Brittany, France – Just across the water from England, totally different from the rest of Brittany. Cote de Granit Rose, is notorious for its pink granite edge with turquoise sea and fine sand beaches – Mostly suitable for beach walks and holiday vacations, where you could get on a short cruise around the coast or sip in the views on a coastal walk before getting work on the Breton cuisine, mussels, cider, and galettes which one of the filling local favorites.
Etretat is situated on the coast of Normandy, 20 kilometers north of Le Havre. Renowned for its coastal scenery and stunning white cliffs, familiar around the globe. The rock formations have been given names, including Courtine, Manneporte, Vaudieu Rock, and the Aiguille de Belval. Etretat is famous for its three natural arches and white chalk cliffs that tower high over the Atlantic Ocean. These natural wonders are freely accessible, as is the white pebble beach. Claude Monet and other Impressionists famously painted the arches and cliffs in the nineteenth century.
These falls are situated in the Cirque de Garvanie, nearby the village Garvanie in the Hautes-Pyrenees. The Garvanie falls is a tiered waterfall with an overall drop of 422 meters, it is the highest waterfall in mainland France. The falls are fed by a part of the headwaters of the Gave de Pau, which heads in karstic formations in the cirque. The stream in which the falls occur along actually originates from tiny Lago Helago located just over the border in Spain. The lake is fed by snowmelt and a tiny remnant glacier has no surface outlet. Instead, the water seeps into the porous ground and it emerges at the top of Gavarnie Falls to plummet almost 1400 feet to the basin floor.
Camargue salt flats
Located in the Occitanie region of southern France, it borders Provence, offering you an awesome opportunity to get off beaten path in southern France. The salt flats found here are notorious to the French but remains relatively under the radar to international travelers. The Camargue National Park area includes a large UNESCO designated biosphere reserve and fun activities, which includes the pink Flamingos, hundred thousands of migrating birds, Horse riding, cycling, riverboat trips, and pony trekking. The park is designated to be explored on foot along different trails and some suitable for people with accessibility issues.
Discover the undiscovered mountain, the Alpine wildlife. This Southern French Alps is one of the wildest and undeveloped areas in France, which stretches nearly 700 miles through Europe, from Monaco to Albania – Bordering both the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas. As a result, a wide range of wildlife can be found here. Grab your binoculars and immerse yourself into the predominantly alpine landscapes, which is a home to chamois, mouflon, ibex, and marmots. Wolves are now well established in the area and there have been lynx sightings as well.
The majestic Mont Blanc is situated in the east of the Franch, where Switzerland and Italy meet. This awe-inspiring mountain is the highest mountain in the Alps of and of the European Union. It towers up so much higher than the surrounding mountains that stand out, about 4,810.45 m from the ground. The massif du Mont-Blanc’s unique setting enables it to offer a huge choice of outdoor activities, ranging from mountaineering, off-piste skiing, and climbing to hiking, either along its mountain trails or glaciers.
There are seven regions of Provence with lavender fields, however, the two main areas of lavender cultivation are the Plateau de Sault and the Plateau de Valensole. While it is difficult to pinpoint the exact date when the blooms will be at their fullest, normally the best viewing times are late June through July. Harvesting of lavender typically takes place between late July and September. The dusky aromatic purple flower fields are so characteristic for French summer, that it has very much become the number one dream destination in Europe.