No need to venture far to take in breathtaking landscapes. The French metropolitan territory offers some real natural wonders: mountains, lakes, forests, canyons, deserts and even volcanoes. It counts 13 regions, each region divided into departments:
With 6 mountain ranges including The Mont Blanc, the highest peak in western Europe culminating at 4810m, France is a paradise for trek lovers and ski addicts.
With 4 seas bordering France, water enthusiasts are not left out... Surfing, diving, swimming, or any water sports can be found on the French coast.
The desert also invites itself in France, located in the South East in le basin d’Arcachon the only difference between The Pilat dune and the actual Sahara is that the sea is nearby, which is priceless.
Get impressed by the cliffs of Etretat in the Seine-Maritime region. If you have ever visited Ireland, you will instantly recognize it. Yet the cliffs of Etretat are only available in France, where you can marvel at this sublime landscape. The source of inspiration for many painters, the cliffs of Etretat are a surprise and a delight due to their verticality, their limestone whiteness and their beautiful pebble beaches.
Center of France is also rich of amazing landscapes, with its famous Puy de Dôme, and the Puy of Sancy, the highest point on the Massif Central (1886m of altitude), the chain of Puys and its more than 80 volcanoes is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage candidate! Ideal in summer and winter, it’s a great place to practice outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, skiing…
Because of a common history and geographical borders, it’s not rare to visit a French village with German or Austrian architecture in the East of France. The buildings and the food remind the other country.
Regarding wildlife, France has lots of land area to provide habitat for a wide variety of plants and animals. More than 25 percent of its territory is covered with forest, and another 50 percent is countryside or farmland. Lowland forests are home to deer and wild boar, while the woodlands of the Alps and Pyrenees provide refuge for rare chamois antelope, ibex, brown bears and alpine hares, among many other species. The Mediterranean coastline is a stopover for millions of migrating African birds, too, including flamingos, vultures, egrets and bee-eaters. The French government has made a broad commitment to preserve open spaces and the wildlife they contain. In fact, about ten percent of the country has been set aside as national or regional parklands and nature reserves
And of course, we cannot speak about France without mentioning Paris, the capital city. It is one of the most beautiful and majestic capital cities in the entire world. You can visit the famous Eiffel tower, the museum of Louvres, the Palace of Versailles… You won’t have the time to be border in the city as the cultural attractions are endless.