24 Viewpoints in France that you should visit - With photos & details

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24 Viewpoints 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.

Aiguille du Midi74400 Chamonix, France

A mountain in the Mont Blanc mountain ranges. At 3,842 meters high from sea level, it can be accessed directly by a cable car from Chamonix. The summit contains a panoramic viewing platform, a café, and a gift shop. Even in summer, temperatures in the open viewing areas can reach −10 °C (14 °F), and visitors require both warm clothing and protection from very bright sunlight.

AlpillesAlpilles, 13210 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France

The Chaîne des Alpilles is a narrow range of low mountains in southern France. The highest areas of the range are a nature reserve occupied by a variety of endangered birds, including the eagle of Bonelli, the vulture of Egypt and the eagle owl.

Calanque d'En-Vau13009 Marseille, France

It is one of Marseille's most beautiful creeks, but also one of the most remote place in the National Park of Calanques.

Cap CanailleCap Canaille, 13260 Cassis, France

Cap Canaille is the highest sea cliff of France located in the Bouches-du-Rhône département of southern France. The rock consists of layers of ochre-colored sandstone, conglomerate, and limestone from the Turonian age. The site features beautiful viewpoints.

Castle Hill06300 Nice, France

Castle Hill Located near the city center of Nice. It offers a delightful walkway with striking views over the Baie des Anges. The park owes its name to the castle of Nice which once shielded the city from multiple invaders from different kingdoms and duchies during the Middle Ages.

Col d'IzoardCol d'Izoard, 05350 Cervières, France

Col d'Izoard is a mountain pass that connects Briançon and the Guil valley in the French Alps. Near the summit, there is a monument remembering the epic battles between Fausto Coppi and Louison Bobet in 1950.

Col de la BonetteCol de la Bonette, 04850 Saint-Dalmas-le-Selvage, France

Col de la Bonette is a mountain pass and the highest asphalt road in Europe, situated within the Mercantour National Park of the French Alps. The mountain pass offers many beautiful viewpoints.

Grand BénareGrand Bénare, 97460, Réunion

At an elevation of 2898 mètres, Grand Bénare is Reunion's third highest peak. It is most often accessed by hike from the Maido in the heights of Saint Paul.

Gros MorneGros Morne, Réunion

The Gros Morne is a volcanic peak on the island of Réunion, located to the north of the town of Cilaos.

ISOLA 2000Office de Tourisme d'Isola 2000, 06420 Isola, France

Isola 2000 is a ski resort in the southern French Alps. It is located next to the Mercantour National Park and is about 90 km from Nice, France. It offers skiers and riders 45 alpine ski slopes and an incredible panorama from the massif of the Ecrins.

LuberonLuberon, 84560 Ménerbes, France

The Luberon is a massif in central Provence in Southern France. It has a maximum elevation of 1,256 meters and an area of about 600 square kilometers. It is a favourite destination for French high society and British and American visitors because of the pleasant and picturesque towns and villages, comfortable way of life, agricultural wealth, historical and cultural associations, as well as hiking trails.

MaïdoMaïdo, 97460, Réunion

Maïdo Located in the highlands above Saint Paul. Piton Maïdo is known for the outstanding views it offers over the cirque of Mafate and the west coast of Reunion.

Massif des CalanquesMassif des Calanques, 13009 Marseille, France

The Massif des Calanques is a wild and rugged terrain stretching from the ninth arrondissement of Marseille to the east towards Cassis.

MeijeMeije, 05320 La Grave, France

La Meije is a mountain overlooking the village of La Grave located in the Massif des Écrins range. The mountain is well-known for its off-piste and intense skiing opportunities.

Mont BlancMont Blanc

The highest mountain in the Alps and the second-highest mountain in Europe, rising 4,808 m (15,774 ft) above sea level. The mountain stands in a range called the Graian Alps, between the regions of Aosta Valley, Italy, and Savoie and Haute-Savoie, France. The massif is popular for outdoor activities like hiking, climbing, trail running, and winter sports like skiing, and snowboarding. The most popular route is the Goûter Route, which typically takes two days.

Monte IncudineMonte Incudine, 20122 Quenza, France

The Monte Incudine is a 2136 meter high mountain on the French island of Corsica. The mountain is the highest mountain that lies entirely in the department of Corse-du-Sud. The Monte Renoso and the south flank of the Maniccia (2425 m) at the Monte Rotondo are on the border of both departments.  From the top of the mountain, one has a view of almost all the mountains of Corsica, and in good weather, Elba and the Italian mainland can be seen.

Mount VentouxMt Ventoux, 84390 Brantes, France

It is the highest mountain in the region and also known as the "Beast of Provence".The land offers a magnificent view of vineyards, orchards, and lavender, where people like to settle down for the holidays. It is also a sports lover's Elysium, with the challenge of climbing the Mount, as well as cycling, or hiking.

Pas de BellecombePas de Bellecombe, Réunion

Pas de Bellecombe-Jacob is a mountain pass and vista point overlooking Enclos Fouqué, the last caldera formed by Piton de la Fournaise, the active volcano on the eastern side of Réunion island in the Indian Ocean.

Pic du Midi d'OssauPic du Midi d'Ossau, 64440 Laruns, France

Pic du Midi d'Ossau is a beautiful mountain rising above the Ossau Valley in the French Pyrenees. This mountain measures under 3.000 m but rises alone above others in the area. its distinctive shape makes it a symbol of the French side of the Pyrenees. One of the nice trekking destination and also it offers a beautiful panoramic view of this area.

Piton d'AnchaingPiton d'Anchaing, Réunion

The Piton d'Anchaing is a mountain summit of the island of Réunion, Overseas department French in the southwest of the Indian Ocean. Culminating at an altitude of 1,356 meters, it overlooks the center of the natural cirque of Salazie.