From the Vosges to the Pyrenees passing through the Jura and the Alps , from rocky ridges to flowery slopes, discover our top 6 of the most beautiful French mountain sites to explore without moderation.
THE MONT BLANC
Obviously, Mont Blanc occupies a special place in this list of the most beautiful mountains in France. Culminating at more than 4,800 meters above the Chamonix valley, the highest peak in Western Europe is a must-see in French terrain. Located on the French-Italian border, the roof of Europe overlooks the Alps and is full of activities that make it an object of desire for the simply curious as well as for seasoned mountaineers. Of course, we think of the snow sports enthusiasts who come to ski down the Vallée Blanche . But in addition to the winter sports resorts and other spa centers, we also find the Step in the Void of the Aiguille du Midi , a glass cage suspended above a kilometer of void, or the Tramway du Mont Blanc , highest railway line in France. One thing is certain, you will not be disappointed with the trip.
THE PUY DE DÔME
The highest peak in the Puys chain, Puy de Dôme is the star of the Massif Central . This large dormant volcano, 11,000 years old, dominates a vast panorama on the Auvergne volcanoes regional natural park (and even Mont Blanc on a clear day), which you will have the chance to admire after your ascent. To reach its summit located at an altitude of 1465 meters, there are two possibilities: take a footpath crisscrossing the green slopes of the mountain, or boarding the Panoramique des Dômes , a cogwheel train.
THE GALIBIER PASS
Located at 2,642 meters above sea level, the Col du Galibier connects the village of St-Michel de Maurienne in Savoie to Briançon in the Hautes-Alpes. Very popular with ambitious cyclists, this road pass winds through the dizzying mountains between patches of green grass and steep rocky ridges , all surrounded by exceptional flora and fauna. If you go up by car, or even on foot for the bravest, you will be able to admire a breathtaking view of the imposing Arves des Cerces massifs .
THE GAVARNIE CIRQUE
Direction the Pyrenees and its famous Cirque de Gavarnie, a UNESCO World Heritage Site . This glacial cirque located in Occitania, more precisely in the Mont-Perdu massif, is often cited as one of the most beautiful natural arenas in the world. It is crowned with rich vegetation and impressive glaciers (Brèche, Cascade, Casque, Shoulder glacier and west Marboré glacier) which will not leave any visitor indifferent. At the heart of the cirque, you will discover the superb Gavarnie waterfall , 422 meters high.
THE ALSACE BALL
Although it is not the most impressive mountain range in France, the Vosges massif is worth the detour and fully deserves a place among the most beautiful mountains in the country. Located in the Ballons des Vosges regional natural park , the Ballon d'Alsace, with its approximately 1,247 meters above sea level, is the first you will notice when entering the Vosges from the south. Although its summit is only accessible on foot , the highest point of the southern Vosges attracts visitors from all walks of life, undoubtedly curious to discover this protected area of the Ballons Comtois Nature Reserve . Once you get to the top, don't forget to take a nice photo!
THE MOUNT OF GOLD
At 1,463 meters high, Mont d'Or is the highest point in Doubs . If it is not the highest peak in the Jura to which it belongs, it is a major place of attraction, for its beauty as well as for its accessibility. Indeed, the gentle slopes which lead to its heights on the French side can be climbed by car or go hiking pleasant and moderately sporty. Arriving at the end of the magnificent ascent path, you will enjoy a grandiose landscape of more than 300 peaks of the Alps, including Mont Blanc.
And you, which of these mountains will you climb first?
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