Do you want to get out of the bustling French cities and explore the countryside? If yes, don’t forget to visit these five natural places. Read here!
5 places to visit in the French countryside
France is one of the most popular destinations for travelers from all over the world. Every year, millions of foreign citizens come to enjoy its beauty. The extraordinary life of the French, stunning sights, delicious food, gourmet cheeses and drinks, Gothic romance, medieval art, picturesque landscapes, and the charm of French nature will leave you in awe.
When people talk about this great country, they certainly remember only Paris. However, France is much more than just Paris. The country has many mansions, museums, restaurants, gardens. Here are the top five places to visit in the French countryside. Read on!
If you are heading to France and don’t have enough time to spend your holiday, we recommend going to the quiet Dordogne. In the Dordogne, you can safely start the journey without any preparation.
You will always find something to see, from the beautiful Banyak Castle on the hill itself to many picturesque natural landscapes. In addition, It is also home to the most beautiful villages in France, rich in nature and cultural heritage.
The Dordogne is also sometimes called the cradle of humanity because of the discovered mobile sites of ancient people. Dordogne is a land where you can study the prehistoric drawings of our ancestors in the depths of the caves.
Luberon is a place where you can enjoy communication with ordinary people from French society. It is located in the south of France. The Luberon is also an ideal place to live among the humble French and feel the nature and mountain air.
In the summer months, many visitors come here, mainly the British adore this place. People come to experience the charm of local villages’ peace. Enjoying the Luberon’s lush forests, stunning lilac lavender fields, local farmers’ markets, and colorful fairytale houses, you will quickly realize what makes the Luberon so alluring and inviting.
3. Loire Valley
The Loire Valley is also a well-known countryside destination for tourists and travelers. The Loire Valley is a region in France famous for its indescribable beauty of landscapes, an abundance of chic royal palaces, cozy vineyards, and picturesque villages with lush green spaces.
The Loire Valley is located along the Loire River, curving and passing through the old French villages. The Loire Valley is full of the scenic beauty of castles. It is also full of various wineries, giving those who wish extensive tours of the vineyards that have been preserved here since the time of the Roman Empire. Besides, the vineyards will invite you for some tasting.
4. The Ochre of Roussillon
In the south of France, in Provence, there is the Luberon Valley, in the center of which lies the town of Roussillon with red, yellow, pink, and orange houses. From all sides, it is surrounded by red cliffs, which arose in the 18th century, when there was the largest ocher canyon in Europe.
Moreover, in the 20th century, the quarry turned into an ocher reserve with a 40-minute walking route through the outwardly Martian landscapes. We advise you to come to the canyon in the morning or sunset when the ocher shines in hundreds of shades. If you want to relish the French Countryside, visiting the Ochre of Roussillon is worth your time and money.
5. Mont Saint-Michel
The bay of Mont Saint-Michel is considered the most beautiful in France, and the island lies in the middle of the bay, with the medieval abbey is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Twice a day, the strongest tides in Europe occur in the bay. At low tide, tourists get to the island, inspect the abbey, and watch from its walls how the water floods 15 kilometers of the bay with great speed.
Mountains, seas, and oceans surround France. In some regions, eternal summer reigns, while in others, even in summer, the breeze blows, and it rains. The natural attractions of this country are famous and popular.
Mountain peaks and volcanoes, waterfalls and caves, rocky coastlines, beaches, and nature reserves attract thousands of tourists is impossible to see all the natural wonders of France. Still, these five countryside destinations are worth a visit for everyone. Until Next Time!
- Article based on personal opinion, experience and research.
- Photos from Unsplash & canva.