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best natural wonders in France

Best Natural Wonders in France

France offers a wide variety of landscapes to travellers who want to think outside the box. Stroll in Monet’s garden in Giverny or in the lavender fields of Valensole in Provence.

 

Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation on the beach of the "île Vierge" in Crozon in Finistere. Observe the wild nature in the Camargue or the rock formations in "Ille sur tet" in the Pyrenees.

 

Dive into the icy sea of Chamonix or bask on the largest dune in Europe near Bordeaux.

 

Do not waste time and book your flights and accommodation at the best price and your tours and activities in France and discover the best natural wonders in France.

 


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Verdon Gorges

Var Region

2 hours from Marseille airport (2:10 from Nice airport), disconnect from everyday life and its stress, and reconnect with nature by visiting the Gorges du Verdon.

 

The largest canyon in Europe offers incredible unsuspected, unforgettable landscapes. You can experience the gorges du Verdon through water activities such as canyoning or simply hiking. More than 400 km of marked trails await you. 

 

 How to get there: Book your flights to Marseille and your accommodation at the best price in the Var Region. 

 

 Where to stay: "La Bastide du Calalou" located 30-minute drive from the Gorges du Verdon

 


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Etretat Cliffs

Etretat - Normandy

The cliffs of Etretat are one of the emblematic places of Normandy, in the same way as Mont Saint-Michel. Its large white chalk cliffs inspired painters such as Gustave Courbet and Claude Monet.

 

Let your mind get lost in the beauty of these natural landscapes. Relax, make the most of your stay in Normandy.

 

 How to get there: Book your flights to Caen or Rouen (1 hour by car) as well as your tours and activities in France such as a full-day Etretat & Le Havre with cooking class. 

 

 Where to stay: For its excellent value for money we advise you to stay at the hotel "Castel de la Terrasse" located 500 metres from the beach. 

 


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King Aragon Stair Steps

Bonifacio - Corsica

In 1420 King Aragon’s troops dug these stairs in the rock of the cliff of Bonifacio. From there, you will enjoy an incredible view of Sardinia. King Aragon’s purpose was more practical as the stairs were dug to access a freshwater well.

 

 How to get there: Come live an unforgettable experience in the heart of Corsican nature and book your flights to Figari airport, located 20 minutes from Bonifacio, and your accommodation at the best price in Bonifacio.   

 

 Where to stay:  "Best Western Hotel du Roy d’Aragon" is set in the old port in Bonifacio. 


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Sea of Ice

Chamonix

Discover the whole history of glaciology. Climb aboard the pretty little red train of Chamonix that will take you 1000 metres higher to the site of "Montenvers-Mer de Glace". 

 

To dive into this icy sea you must prepare this expedition upstream and book your tickets or guided tour. This can be done on site from the Chamonix Tourist Office or online by booking your tours and activities in Chamonix.

 

 

 How to get there: Book your flights to Geneva or Lyon and your accommodation at the best price in Chamonix and discover one of the most beautiful natural sites in France.

 

 Where to stay: Book your accommodation at the best price in Chamonix from our offer of over 900 hotels, tourist apartments, B&B and guesthouses in Chamonix. With its heated outdoor pool and gym, the hotel "Le refuge des Aiglons" is our favourite in Chamonix. 

 


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Dune du Pilat

Arcachon

With a height of 106 m and a length of 600 m, the Pilat Dune is the highest dune in Europe. The largest dune in the world is still 5 times larger but the beauty of the Dune of Pilat is truly awesome. Size aside, its most impressive feature is its presence, right there amidst a beautiful forest of pine trees.

 

Go down at the foot of the dune and you will arrive on the basin of Arcachon, world famous for its oysters. A few steps from the dune you can eat at the restaurant "La Coorniche" renovated by the French designer Philippe Starck. You can also book your room at the best price at the 5-star hotel "La Coorniche". 

 

We offer hundreds of accommodations at the best price in Arcachon. Make your choice and discover one of the best natural wonders of France.

 

 How to get there: Book your flights to Bordeaux (50 min by car). 

 

 Where to stay:  "La Coorniche" renovated by the French designer Philippe Starck.

 


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Calanques de la Piana

Corsica

Located just 90 minutes by car from Ajaccio airport, Les Calanques de Piana is one of France's best natural wonders.

 

The French writer Guy de Maupassant wrote that the Calanques de Piana were one of the wonders of Corsica and even one of the wonders of France. You can ramble in this incredible landscape and several trails have been created for hikers. The most popular as seen in the above photo, is the path "Towards the Castle", recognizable by the piles of stones left by hikers.

 

 

 How to get there: Book your flights to Ajaccio airport (1h30 by car) and accommodation at the best price as well as your tours and activities in Corsica, such as a full-day guided hike tour. 

 

 Where to stay: The hotel "Brise de Mer" located in Porto-Marine is a good starting point to discover these extraordinary landscapes. 

 


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"Ille-sur-Têt Organs" 

Languedoc Roussillon

 Just 30 minutes from Perpignan airport in the South of France, the geological site of the "Ille-sur-Têt Organs" is one of the best natural wonders in France. This fantastic show is the result of erosion by the wind over more than 4 million years. If you are sensitive to the fragile beauty of landscapes. 

 

 How to get there: Book your flights to Perpignan and your accommodation at the best price in Languedoc-Roussillon. The geological site is open every day from 10h to 18h.

 

 Where to stay:  "Mas St. Joseph" situated in an 18th century monastery in Ille-sur-Têt.

 


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Monet's garden

Giverny - Normandy

Once in a while, the hand of man intervenes to create a magnificent landscape and sublime gardens. This is the case for the Giverny gardens. Without a penny in his pocket, the painter Claude Monet had to leave Paris and moved in as a single tenant in this house located in Normandy. 

 

The property underwent major landscaping work including the creation of a pond and the building of three greenhouses. Monet finally acquired the house after 7 years of tenancy. These gardens were to inspire him with his most famous paintings including "Les Nymphéas".

 

Come relax in this soothing and inspiring place just 1 hour’s drive from Paris and book your flights and accommodation at the best price and your tours and activities in France such as a "Half-day trip to Giverny from Paris".

 

 How to get there: Book your flights to Paris (1h by car).

 

 Where to stay:  "Le Jardin des Plumes" located in Giverny. Monet's house and gardens are only 500 m from the Hotel. 

 


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Virgin Island

Morgat - Crozon

Only 50 minutes from Quimper airport and just 1 hour from Lorient airport, one of the most beautiful natural treasure in France awaits you.

 

Elected among the most beautiful beaches of France but also of Europe, the beach of the virgin island in Crozon is a small paradise on earth. This cove is sublime. It takes a good hour to walk to get there and the beach is not easy to find but you can count on hikers to direct you.

 

The sea is turquoise and the sandy beach irresistible. 

 

 How to get there: Book your flights to Brest or Quimper airport and your accommodation at the best price in Crozon for a stay to discover one of the best natural wonders in France. 

 

 Where to stay: "Cap Morgat chez Jean" is a beachfront property located in Crozon.

 


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White Lake - Aiguilles Rouges

Chamonix

An exceptional flora, natural viewpoints to observe the Mont-Blanc and its glaciers, welcome to the natural reserve of Aiguilles Rouges, one of the best natural wonders of France.

 

You can discover these landscapes throughout the year. Spring and summer are the best seasons to observe the flora and fauna. The Aiguilles rouges Nature Reserve is a 10-minute drive from Chamonix-Mont-Blanc city centre. 

 

 How to get there:  The easiest way to get there is to book your flights to Geneva (1 hour by car) or Lyon (2 hours by car). 

 

 Where to stay: Book your accommodation at the best price in Chamonix from our offer of over 900 hotels, tourist apartments, B&B and guesthouses in Chamonix. With its heated outdoor pool and gym, the hotel "Le refuge des Aiglons" is our favourite in Chamonix. 

 


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The Ocher

Roussillon - Provence

 

The old ochre quarries are an exceptional site, one of the best natural wonders in France.

 

This incredible landscape, sometimes carved by man, sometimes sculpted by the winds’ natural erosion, is absolutely fascinating. This natural, non-toxic russet-red pigment is the perfect dye; it is used for wall coverings but also for cosmetics or in the manufacture of certain cheeses from Provence.

 

 How to get there: Book your flights to Marseille (1h 20 min by car) and your accommodation at the best price in Provence and your tours and activities in Provence, such as a "Provence olive harvest".

 

 Where to stay: "Hotel Château des Alpilles" welcomes you in a luxury setting. 

 


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Regional Natural Park of Camargue

Provence

 

Just a 50-minute drive from Marseille airport, the Regional Natural Park of Camargue is a haven of peace. It is a perfect place to observe migratory birds, flamingos and the unique landscapes of Camargue.

 

The Camargue is also known for its horses who live there in semi-freedom. "The Camargue" is also the name of a breed of small white horses that have become one of the symbols of the region. Book your flights to Marseille and your accommodation at the best price in the Camargue and let yourself be enchanted by the beauty of its natural landscapes.

 

 How to get there: Book your flights to Marseille (50 min by car).  

 

 Where to stay:  To be pampered like a star, book your room at the hotel "Boutique Hotel des Remparts & Spa".

 


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Salt Flats of Aigues Mortes

Montpellier

A mere 20 minutes from Montpellier airport, Aigues-Mortes is known worldwide for its salt marshes.

 

Since ancient times, this small town in the south of France has been harvesting salt thanks to its salt marshes which enjoy a good exposure to the sun and a natural protection due to their geographical location.

 

Come and enjoy these beautiful pink landscapes and walk in the regional park of Camargue where you will encounter horses in semi-freedom and beautiful flamingos.

 

 How to get there: Book your flights to Montpellier airport (20 min by car).   

 

 Where to stay: To be pampered like a star, book your room at the hotel "Boutique Hotel des Remparts & Spa".

 


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Massif of Esterel

Var

This imposing volcanic mountain massif is one of the most incredible natural wonders in France. The Massif de l'Esterel is located in the Var, a department known for the beauty of its landscapes and its beaches which have been elected as being among the best in Europe.

 

The Var is also famous for its sunny and authentic destinations, such as Sainte-Maxime and Saint-Raphaël. The best way to enjoy these landscapes is to hike. You may see deer, wild boar or turtles and be overwhelmed by the scents of thyme, rosemary, lavender and mimosa. 

 

 How to get there: Book your flights to Nice (40 min by car) and your hotel at the best price in the region.  

 

 Where to stay: "Tiara Miramar Beach Hotel & Spa". This design hotel features a free onsite spa. Massages and treatments are also available. 

 


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Lavender fields 

Valensole Plateau - Alpes de Haute Provence

A mere 1 hour from Marseille airport, the lavender fields of the Valensole plateau await you. Valensole is known for its olive trees, truffles, almond trees and especially its lavender fields. When lavender is in bloom, the whole plateau of Valensole turns purple and the whole region smells of lavender.

 

Give yourself a moment of pure happiness by strolling among the lavender fields and feel stress leave your body. If you want to enjoy this beautiful landscape, book your flights and accommodation at the best price and discover this region from mid-June to early August which is the flowering period for lavender.

 

 

 How to get there:  Book your flights to Marseille (1h by car). 

 

 Where to stay: "Les Terrasses de Valensole" featuring a seasonal outdoor pool and a terrace.  

 


 

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