From troglodyte villages to the forgotten creeks of Provence, here are a few addresses to discover this summer, away from the crowds and crowded tourist sites. Here are 5 French tourist destinations to discover for the greatest pleasure of the eyes.
Drowning in greenery in the Cévennes
With its dense forests, valleys and mountains, the Cévennes remain a wild region, away from tourist flows, ideal for respecting the rules of social distancing. To make the most of it, settle down on the Florac side and set off to explore the Causse Méjean or the Tarn gorges. Hiking enthusiasts can take a tour of Mont Lozère by following the GR®68. Climb up to Mont Aigoual, preferably in good weather, in order to benefit from the summit of a unique reward: a view over the whole of the southern Cévennes, up to the Mediterranean.
Extend along the Blue Coast of Provence
To avoid the Marseilles crowd and the crowd of tourists on the beaches, go in search of a quiet cove. Go west along the coast by train then stop at La Redonne station. There, you will enjoy four sumptuous creeks for the price of one: the calanque of La Redonne, below the station, that of Madrague de Ginac, that of Figuières and that of Méjean. Walkers can venture on the customs trail between La Redonne and Niolon.
Discover the country of Fayence
Do you know Montauroux? This village in the country of Fayence, located in the Var hinterland, far from the crowded beaches of the Côte d’Azur or the permanent affluence in the Gorges du Verdon. There, after crossing the Pont des Tuves, you will not only enjoy fresh water baths in the Siagne out of sight, but will also be able to discover by going further east, near Draguignan, a series natural pools within the gorges of Nartuby. These swimming sites are not monitored. Beware of the mysteries of river waters.
Stroll on the island of Molène
It is a small village of white and gray houses, in the depths of Finistère, located on one of the three islands visible from the coast. Molène is today one of the wildest islands in France … and one of the smallest. 1 km long and 800 meters wide, it accompanies a multitude of archipelagos which bird watchers love. These islands are home to many birds that will invite you to let your mind wander. Ideal for confinement far from everything.
Take refuge in the troglodyte village of Turquant
Very close to Saumur we discover the astonishing village of Turquant, made up of cave dwellings which have mostly been converted into shops. To embellish the discovery a little more, go to the places by bike along the Loire. On site, you can discover ceramic works and other jewelry made by local artisans. Let yourself be transported by these successions of atypical constructions, and take the time to visit the underground mushroom farms or the neighboring vineyards. A few kilometers away you will also discover Fontevraud Abbey, a former royal abbey converted into a prison for a time.