1. Pilat Dune, Europe’s highest dune
Pilat Dune, the sentinel of Arcachon Bay, deserves its title as Europe’s highest dune. Outstanding for its sheer size: 117 m high, 2.7 km long, 500 m wide, once you climb to the top you’ll be rewarded by the most remarkably magical vista the site invites you to discover.
A kaleidoscope of marine colours, pine green, sand gold enhanced by salty scents and balsamic fragrances.
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2.The Rhune summit
In the Basque Country, the Rhune jealously protects the coast. This site is one of enchantment woven with pastoral slopes, unveiling a mysterious, secret atmosphere. Here, you’ll discover cromlechs, great blocks of stone erected in circles pointing to the sun, you’ll take in a host of legends and you’ll meet pottoks, small, native half-wild horses, along your way. And, while you’re there, why not jump on the little Train of the Rhune, on a real rack-railway: a 30-minute journey at 8 km/h.
3. Soussouéou’s sumptuous scenescapes in the Pyrénées
An unbelievable panorama awaits you in Béarn. You’re in the high mountains, in the Pyrénées National Park. When you arrive in Artouste, you’ll be amazed by the variety of landscapes where a plethora of needles, vast pastures, never-ending stretches of beech and pine forests, not to mention lakes, invite to discover… A one-of-a-kind opportunity to watch incredible birds circle over you: golden eagles, peregrine falcons and griffon vultures watch over this dreamscape valley. Then, there’s the impressive little train d’Artouste (at 2,000 m high) which travels along the highest track in Europe. An absolute must-do.
4. The Meschers-sur-Gironde cliffs
South of Royan, the Meschers-sur-Gironde cliffs embrace the “Côte de Beauté” and, facing Médoc, tower 30 metres high overlooking Europe’s largest estuary. Invaluable heritage woven with caves and troglodytic dwellings, covering a distance of 1,500 m. The Caves of Régulus and Matata have been developed and are open to the public. The most exquisite site for admiring the white cliffs of Meschers is located in the magnificent village of Talmont-sur-Gironde.
5. The Bort organ-pipe columns in Limousin, a balcony in the Auvergne mountains
At the very heart of the Massif Central, in the High Dordogne Valley. The Bort organ-pipe columns snooze at 437 metres high. A natural wonder formed by the Earth spewing lava millions of years ago. A natural monument composed of a succession of vertical columns which conjure up the musical instrument. Blue-coloured rock in the light of day making a hollow sound when tapped. These rocks are referred to as phonolites. Pure music, gigantic and amazingly superb.