Best Natural Attractions in Southeast France

by Jack Guy

Apr 14, 2019

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There are lovely cities and villages to explore in this region of France, but it’s the natural attractions that steal the show.

One of the most breathtaking sights around is Gorges du Verdon, a river canyon in the foothills of the Alps. It’s one of the most beautiful gorges in Europe, attracting plenty of tourists to swim in its turquoise waters.

West of Marseille, you will find the Camargue region, known for its salt flats. It’s the biggest river delta in Europe, attracting pink flamingos and wild white horses. It’s a unique place with a distinct local culture to boot.

Just east of Marseille lie the Calanques, a series of flooded canyons a bit like a Mediterranean version of the Norwegian fjords. You can explore by boat or splash around on a canyoning tour.

It wouldn’t be right to talk about the south of France without mentioning the beaches, and the island of Porquerolles has lots of them to explore. The water is shallow and the sand is white, making for a relaxing day by the sea.

While not strictly natural, the lavender fields of Provence are definitely beautiful. Of course, the plants are tended into uniform rows by farmers, but that doesn’t detract from the amazing sight.

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