Scenic France

Published on April 02, 2015
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    © RailEurope

  • © RailEurope

    © RailEurope

  • © RailEurope

    © RailEurope

Scenic France

Indeed, there is more to France than its world-class wine, delectable cuisine and effortless fashion. However, for too many travellers who visit France, itineraries are kept to the major iconic cities and popular activities.


Travellers should know that for a country twice the surface size of Great Britain, opportunities to explore its natural wonders abound. And with a France Rail Pass, the ability to explore beyond the city borders should be taken advantage of at every opportunity.


For an unusual coastline, head north to Côte de Granit Rose in northern Brittany to take in the scenery that the pink sands and rock formations have created. The most impressive stretch of the coast lies north of and to get there is a 4.30hr train ride from Paris followed by a short bus connection.


From salty sea breezes and the pink sands, some more fun involving sand can be had at Dune du Pilat in the Arcachone Bay region of Bordeuax. Just 4hrs from Paris or an hour from Bordeaux, this stretch of dune has been named the highest in Europe at 110m above sea level. It attracts more than 1mil visitors a year including paragliders who prefer enjoying views of the sand mass from above.


If fragrant flowers are of interest, then the lavender fields in the Provence region will guarantee to drop some jaws. Lavenders are harvested in the Luberon ranges (where five of its villages rank the most beautiful in the country), Sault and Valreas. Stunning scenery aside, visitors will also be able to learn about the products these flowers are used to make and which are enjoyed widely around the world. A scenic way to get to the lavender region from Paris is via Montélimar, which is under 3hrs by train.


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