Everyone knows of the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Notre Dame Cathedral — but when visiting France, there’s an entire countryside and coastline that’s also worth exploring.
Photo-sharing app EyeEm recently collected from their members images of 10 of France’s less-frequented spots — places that are just as tourist-worthy as the usual suspects.
From tucked-away urban vineyards to sand dunes, check out the suggestions below when planning your next trip to France.
The Verdon Gorge is for the ultimate out-door types -- kayaking, hiking, hang-gliding, and even parasailing can be done here. It's also a nationally designated region of geotourism for those who are fascinated by fossils and minerals. Although difficult to get to, the views are worth it.
The port town of Honfleur, located on the Seine river, was a famous artist hub during the 1800s. Painters including Claude Monet and Jean-Francois Millet were influenced by the beauty of the coast.
Located on the Mediterranean coast, the Camargue Nature Park is home to all manner of wildlife, including flamingos, bulls, and the indigenous white horse breed: Camarguais.
Saint-Malo is a historical coast city lined with stone walls that have been in place since the 12th century. Its broad beaches and deep blue waters are a sight to behold.
Cobblestone streets weave through the charming country town of Colmar, where visitors can find 10 museums to explore.
Opened in 2004, Viaduc de Millau is the tallest bridge in the world -- with one mast rising 1,125 feet above the ground.
Located between a pine forest and the Atlantic Ocean lies Europe's tallest sand dune, Dune du Pilat, which is a popular spot for paragliders.
Étretat has all the makings of a classic, quaint coastal town: fishermen catching their bounty for the local markets, a stunning backdrop for hikers, and great food.
Another favourite for adventurous beach goers is Les Calanques -- a 12 mile stretch of rocky landscape and clear waters. Some of the small beaches are accessible only by boat.
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