81 Lake/ River/ Ponds in France that you should visit - With photos & details

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81 Lake/ River/ Ponds to explore in France

France, including its overseas territories, has the most number of time zones with a total of 12 time zones. France has long been a global center of art, science, and philosophy. It hosts the world's fourth-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is the leading tourist destination, receiving around 83 million foreign visitors annually.

Allée des Grandes JorassesAllée des Grandes Jorasses, 73000 Chambéry, France

Grandes Jorasses are a group of granite peaks located on the northern side of the Mont Blanc range, on the border between Italy and France. Although all its faces are amazing, its 1.200-meter north wall is the biggest challenge for climbers. The climb to the highest peak of the Grandes Jorasses is a technically demanding route, over ice and rocks.

Argentière GlacierArgentière Glacier, 74400 Chamonix, France

The Argentière glacier is located in the Mont Blanc massif. It overlooks the village of Argentière. This glacier covers an area of 19 km² and an altitude range from 1600 m to 3600 m on a North aspect. Satellite images from various years give a birds’ eye view of the great river of ice retreating further into the mountains.

Bassin BleuBassin Bleu, Gourbeyre, Guadeloupe

Bassin Bleu is a natural water site of three pools along the Petite Rivière de Jacmel made up of seven waterfalls naturally carved into the cliffside along with some caves. It is also one of the nice trekking destinations and also swimming and other water activities are appreciated here. A beautiful p[ool which was surrounded by the mountains and forests. This place will rejuvenate your mind and body and it is one of the favourite weekend spots of the locals.

Briare aqueduct45250 Briare, France

An outstanding piece of engineering which was located in central France Built from 1890 to 1896. This Built from 1890 to 1896. One of the nice places to spend some nice time with pavements, elegant lamp posts, and beautiful views of the Loire River and its banks.

Briare CanalBriare Canal, France

The canal is one of the country’s oldest manmade waterways, built between 1602 and 1642. It connects the valleys of the Seine and the Loire. This canal is renowned as one of the favourite places for a barge cruise as well as being a highly impressive feat of engineering. It is also one of the main water sources of the area and also it is a good place to spend some leisure time in the banks of this canal.

Canal d'OrléansCanal d'Orléans, France

The Orleans Canal is a former waterway located in the French department of Loiret . With a length of 78.65 km , this canal connects the Loire to the Loing canal and to the Briare canal . It thus ensures continuity by waterway between Orleans and Paris to the north and Briare and the canals of the Center to the south.

Canal Saint-MartinCanal Saint-Martin, Paris, France

The Canal Saint-Martin is a channel of 4.55  km long located mainly in the 10th and 11th  arrondissements of Paris. It links the Bassin de la Villette - and beyond the Canal de l'Ourcq - to the Port de l'Arsenal which communicates with the Seine. It's a small gauge channel intended, originally, for the supply of drinking water in the capital. Inaugurated in 1825, it has nine locks and two swing bridges for a total drop of 25  m.

Cascades de PurcaracciaCascades de Purcaraccia, 20122 Quenza, France

The Purcaraccia is a stream of the town of Quenza on the massif of Bavella and pool Solenzara in Corse-du-Sud, and a tributary of the coastal river of Solenzara. The confluence takes place after waterfalls, near the needles of Urnucciu, with the stream of Vacca, the name of Solenzara in the heights. One of the nice location inside the forest which will refresh your mind.

CouesnonCouesnon, France

The Couesnon is a river running from the département of Mayenne in north-western France. One of the nice locations where you can spend a nice time enjoying nature. Its banks are the starting point for lots of discoveries and outdoor activities. it is one of the main water sources for this area.

Dziani DzahaDziani Dzaha, Labattoir, Mayotte

This crater lake is located in the Comoros Archipelago, a small volcanic hotspot chain in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and Mozambique. This amazing lake derives from a volcanic crater. The lake itself is truly stunning to look at and especially on a sunny day when the green colors turn an emerald color and shine radiantly in the heat. It is also one of the nice trekking destinations in this area. You can spend a beautiful time here.

Étang de BigugliaÉtang de Biguglia, France

The Étang de Biguglia is a Corsican lagoon located south of Bastia, on the Bevinco river. It is the largest coastal pond on the island which covers 1,450  ha. The fort of Biguglia located north of the pond bears witness to the strong activities of the past. This pond has been exploited for many species of fish. A nine picnic spot and also you can have fish from this pond and also swimming is allowed here.

Étang de Cazaux et de SanguinetÉtang de Cazaux et de Sanguinet, 40460 Sanguinet, France

Lake Cazaux-Sanguinet is one of the great Landes lakes , succeeding one another along the Aquitaine coast. It straddles the French departments of Gironde and Landes , bordered to the north by the municipalities of Cazaux and La Teste-de-Buch , to the east by that of Sanguinet and to the south by that of Biscarrosse.

Étang de LacanauÉtang de Lacanau, 33680 Lacanau, France

Lacanau Lake is located in France in the town of Lacanau in the department of Gironde and the region New Aquitaine in the Landes du Médoc. Covering an area of 1,985  ha, the Lacanau lake is one of the great Landes lakes. By the Canal des Étangs, it communicates to the north with the Hourtin and Carcans lakes and to the south with the Arcachon basin.

Étang de ThauÉtang de Thau, France

The Etang de Thau is the largest body of water in the Occitanie region. It has an area of ​​approximately 7,500. The pond, which is defined as a lagoon, is linked to the Mediterranean Sea by graus at Marseillan and Sète. Although it has a high salinity, it is considered the second largest lake in France.

Étang des SalinesÉtang des Salines, Sainte-Anne, Martinique

Étang des Salines is a pond in Martinique. It is located in the south of the island, not far from Sainte-Anne located to the north, and the Baie des Anglais to the northeast.  The site along the Trace des Caps hiking trail and the Salines beach is very busy. A footbridge on stilts has been installed to allow walkers to discover and observe the site's avifauna. One of the greenish locations in this area which is much more attracted by tourists.

GardonGardon, France

A deep canyon carved by the clear water of the river, the Gorges du Gardon reveal all the beauty of the Mediterranean landscapes, from cliffs to garrigues  and sheltered forests. The Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard and the 16th-century Pont Saint-Nicolas are two historic bridges that cross the Gardon. The Gorges du Gardon, which ends at Pont Saint-Nicolas, is a popular recreation area for kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, and hiking.

Gaube LakeGaube Lake, 65110 Cauterets, France

Gaube Lake is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty surrounded by Pyrenean peaks over 2,000 metres above sea level. Hiking to the Gaube lake is a lovely stroll along well-kept tracks with beautiful waterfalls everywhere. The shoreline and surrounding slopes are covered with various glacial rock formations.

Gorge De GalamusSaint-Antoine, 66220 Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet, France

The Gorges de Galamus is a narrow passage between the French departments of Aude. They were dug by the Agly in the northern link of the Fenouillèdes syncline. The Agly that flows at the bottom of the gorges is a small river that comes from Pech de Bugarach and has dug this several tens of meters deep depression in the stone. The best way to explore the course of the Gorges de Galamus on foot or to take a circular route that gives impressive views of the gorges and their surroundings.

Gorges de la RestonicaGorges de la Restonica, 20250 Corte, France

La Restonica is a river that originates from Lake Melo at an altitude of 1,711 meters on Monte Rotondo. Its course is 18 km before joining the Tavignano in Corte. the Restonica gorges offer multiple possibilities for swimming and hiking. A winding road allows you to reach the sheepfolds of Grotelle which are the starting point for the lakes of Melo and Capitello. Its course is dotted with waterfalls and natural pools of clear and freshwater, in its first part, then becomes less uneven in the res

Gorges du Fier30 Rue du Pont des Liasses, 74330 Lovagny, France

The Gorges du Fier are a remarkable natural curiosity of France, in Haute-Savoie: a very narrow and deep gorge that can be visited thanks to a footbridge fixed to the side of the rock, built-in 1869 by the Annecy architect Marius Vallin and Listed since 1943. This gorge was cut by the powerful Fier torrent in the town of Lovagny, some eleven kilometers west of Annecy.