With a country as varied as France it is most definitely one of the top sightseeing destinations in the world. There is so much to do, and because of its size and variety, some places have not got the attention they deserve. We have put together a list with some attractions that are hidden away and not analysed as much as the Eiffel Tower. Why visit them you ask? You will experience a whole different side of France! Visit the following places and explore France without the hordes of other tourists blocking your camera angle or elbowing you in the ribs to get ahead of the queue.
For something completely different why not try a spot of camping? Corsica is a fun European summer playground and Spring and Summer are the months to be here. With a pick up location in Ajaccio, it's easy to bring a motorhome. Another option is to hire a car and pitch a tent or rent one of the air-conditioned beach huts (must do far in advance). Clean showers and toilets and a 24-hour shop selling food such as roast chicken, it is a far cry from some of the standard Aussie camping grounds we have all stumbled across at least once in our lives.
The tallest sand dune in Europe is located in the Arcachon Bay area, an hour drive from Bordeaux. The Arcachon area is known for its beautiful landscapes and with Europe's number one surf town Mimizan just around the corner, it carries an enjoyable relaxed vibe. Climb to the top of 'La Dune Du Pilat' for spectacular views. See the Atlantic coast of course stretching out in front of you like a shimmering blue blanket, the inlet of the bay on one side and huge contrasting pine forest on the other.
Between Dijon and Paris you can find Alesia MuseoParc. Still unbeknown to most non-French tourists is this fantastic historical site that will sweep history lovers of their feet. A newly constructed museum is built on the plain where the Romans defeated the Gauls. It was exactly here in 52 BC, where Julius Caesar flogged chief of the Gauls Vercingetorix. The employees dress up as Roman legions and put on a great show of re enactments.
Enchanting emerald green water, a canyon and an abundance of water activities to choose from, makes Gorge du Verdon one of the most beautiful natural wonders of France. The canyon is approximately 25km long and 700 m high with the startling river below. You can opt to kayak, sail or water ski on the alluring blue waterway, winding down through the narrow gorge. It's the prefect destination to combine with a visit to Cannes, which is only 116km further down.
This is a destination for the young and wild traveller, however also for the experienced traveller who wants to do something different and adventurous. We present the ultimate adrenalin boost: Vallee Blanche. It is a 20km off-piste hike down from Aiguille du Midi to the mountaineering hub of Chamonix. Take the lift to the top and pick one of the many routes down. Since the glacier is constantly shifting, there is no standard route. One thing remains the same though, the magnificent view. This is really one of those do it once, remember forever activities.
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