The earth is sprinkled with natural wonders, and their existence started even before humans exploited the lands and sea. In every corner of the world, there is natural beauty that graces the waters, air and lands. France is famous for its wealth of natural bounty and manmade wonders. Here are a few French natural wonders worth exploring.
Mont Blanc is at the border of France and Italy. This is the highest mountain and the tallest in the Alps featuring 4810 meters. Technically, the mountain varies in its height every year depending on the snow at its summit. This is the first summit that was successfully scaled in 1786. Mont Blanc has witnessed many accidents including skiing accidents, plane crashes, and tunnel fires. All these occurrences together make Mont Blanc being referred to as the deadliest of mountains.
Aiguille du Dru
Aiguilles du Dru is located close to the mountain range of Mont Blanc. The most towering peak is 3,755 meters high; yet, Aiguilles du Dru is striking in its own way. Aiguilles du Dru is a granite rock. It is aptly named as ‘aiguille’ meaning ‘needle’. Aiguille du Dru has a lower summit of 3733 meters, and it is known as The Petit Dru. Since 1878, people have been climbing this peak, and in 1913 climbers placed the ‘Our Lady of Lourdes’ metal statue at the summit that stands still even today.
Gorges du Verdon
The French Alps encloses gorges du Verdon. It is a river canyon that is 700 meters deep, and the length is 25 kilometres. It is regarded as the most beautiful gorges; tourists visit this gorge by the millions every year. The Verdon River water is beautiful turquoise in colour, and glacial mineral deposit pieces hang suspended in the water. This river canyon is a haven for rock climbing, canoeing, fly fishing, paragliding, and rafting.
France’s rugged region, Haute-Savoie has stunning pastimes like skiing for both children and adults. Visitors coming here should not forget to bring their binoculars to view the local wildlife such as ibex, wild boars, and mountain hares. Gift shops overflow with cuddly souvenirs in local towns.
Côte de Granit Rose
Côte de Granit Rose refers to the northern Brittany pink granite coast. Its pink rocks are found in two other places: China and Corsica. These gigantic granite boulders emerge from the sea. One of the unique places is on the Treguier northern coast where you can find the pink rocks eroded into unusual shapes. It is also common to find quaint coastal cottages between the boulders. The Côte de Granit Rose presents a delicate orangey pink shade, offering a surreal look to the breezy part of northern France. You can take in the view as you go on a coastal walk; also consider the Breton cuisine that includes cider, mussels, and buckwheat pancakes(galettes), as local favourites.
France does not boast about Europe’s biggest waterfalls, but the dramatic setting of the Gavarnie Falls makes the viewer’s jaw to drop. These are tiered cascades that begin their journey in the Spanish Pyrenees. Glacial waters feed these falls after the spring melt.