UNESCO

France has 45 World Heritage listings from UNESCO, welcoming millions of visitors every year. Here you will find a varied selection of these listings as well as the cultural diversities to discover in different regions.
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26 August 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Nature , UNESCO

The volcanoes of Auvergne

Located to the west of Clermont, many towns such as Ceyrat and Orcines are part of the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Nature Park. Sites not to be missed during your vacation in the region. You will find many trails around the volcanoes, with hikes and walks that will take you to the peaks of the most beautiful volcanoes.

17 August 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Architecture, UNESCO

Arles Amphitheatre

The Amphitheatre in Arles is one of the greatest remaining examples of Roman architecture in southern Europe. It is a beautiful structure, intact for the most part and dominates the fascinating southern French town of Arles, on the edge of the Camargue National Park.

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08 June 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  UNESCO , Tourism

UNESCO sites in France

Holidaying in France, there are some wonderful sites making Francethe most visited country in the world the most visited country in the world. France has forty five listed UNESCO sites - come and discover some of the most famous; Carcassonne, Paris and more.

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06 June 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  UNESCO , Tourism

The Pyrenees and Mont-Perdu

Mont-Perdu designates a vast mountainous area between France and Spain. Registered since 2007 on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Let's go and explore this mountain range. Mont-Perdu is a vast mountainous area between France and Spain. The eastern part of the Pyrenees National Park in the Hautes Pyrénées department as well as the Spanish park of Ordesa and Mont-Perdu.

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31 May 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  UNESCO , Tourism

Bourges Cathedral

Located in the department of Cher in the Center-Val de Loire, it is a Catholic cathedral, built between the end of the 12th and the end of the 13th century. Architecturally, the building is remarkable both for its proportions and for the structure of its sculptures and stained glass windows.

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29 May 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  UNESCO , Tourism, Holidays

Port of the moon in Bordeaux

Since the Middle Ages, the port of the Moon has been the name given to the port of Bordeaux due to its crescent shape as it crosses the city. It is also represented on the coat of arms of the city. This part of the river which is also called "the harbour" which today has a strong tourist activity.

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24 May 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  UNESCO , Tourism

Abbaye de Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe

Let's explore the Abbey of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe. It is one of 45 French heritages classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. Located in the Vienne department of New Aquitaine, it is known for its perfectly well-preserved Romanesque murals, unique in Europe.

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11 May 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Holidays, Nature , Tourism, UNESCO , Culture

Holiday homes in Occitanie

Occitanie is the 4th most frequented region by foreign tourists. In addition, it is also the region which attracts the most French tourists. No wonder, its offer is very varied, with its coastline, its countryside and cities. We have a large choice of holiday home rentals in Occitanie for you. First-class vacations, in an exceptional property.

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11 May 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  UNESCO , Tourism

Fontenay Abbey

The Abbey of Fontenay is located in the north of Burgundy, founded in 1118 by Saint Bernard de Clairvaux, one of the greatest French saints, it is today the oldest preserved Cistercian abbey in the world. It is listed among the 45 UNESCO World Heritage sites in France.

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24 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism, UNESCO

Lascaux cave near Montignac

Lascaux cave, discovered in September 1940 by 4 teenagers who descended into the prehistoric cave, discovered cave paintings made by Paleolithic man, more than 17,000 years ago. Today visitors can visit a replica of the Lascaux cave, Lascaux 4, which opened to the public in December 2016.

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22 April 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Holidays, Tourism, UNESCO

The essentials of the Gard

Welcome to the Gard! In this article, you will discover the Gard, passing through the Cévennes to the Camargue via Nîmes and the Pont du Gard, as well as the most beautiful villages in France. And why not book your rental for your next vacation in the south.

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18 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism, UNESCO

Palais des Papes

In Avignon in the South of France is one of Europe's largest medieval Gothic style buildings. Consisting of two buildings, the old and the new Palais. It's library houses over 2,000 volumes. Construction design was done by Pierre Peysson and Jean du Louvres. The building was classified by the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

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15 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism, UNESCO

Saint-Émilion

The UNESCO World Heritage site of Saint-Émilion is one of the most famous and prettiest wine-producing towns in the world. Lovely restaurants and wineries. The town is blessed with impressive Médiévale architecture, including an entire church carved out inside a hill.

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12 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism, UNESCO

Cathédrale Saint-Front in Périgueux

In the heart of Périgueux, named after Saint-Front, the first bishop of Périgueux, Cathédrale Saint-Front is the only Romano-Byzantine architecture of its kind in the world. Since 1998, the cathedral has been classified at World Heritage and a historical monument since 1840.

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12 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism, UNESCO

The Pont du Gard in Occitanie

The UNESCO listed Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard is sure to impress. Built in the 1st century AD and towering nearly 50m above the riverbed, this should be a firmly on your daytrip list when visiting the Languedoc-Roussillon, Occitanie. Built as part of a series of aqueducts supplying the then Roman city of Nîmes, the Pont du Gard is now a well deserved UNESCO world heritage listed site.

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11 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism, UNESCO

Pont Saint-Bénézet in Avignon

Also known as the Pont d’Avignon, this famous medieval bridge was built over the Rhône river between Villeneuve-lès-Avignon and the town of Avignon in the 11th Century. Only four arches, the gatehouse and the Chapel of Saint Nicholas sitting on its second pier survived. They can be seen at the Avignon end.

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05 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism, UNESCO , Architecture

Albi

Albi is a hidden gem in the Midi-Pyrénées, tucked away in the Midi-Pyrénées region. The city of Albi may not be first on your list of cities to visit in France but it has much to offer the visitor, not least the stunning UNESCO listed brick cathedral.

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22 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism, UNESCO

The Canal du Midi in Carcassonne

The UNESCO listed Canal du Midi runs through Carcassonne. Don't miss this historic site if you are on holiday in the area. Take a boat trip, a bike ride or walk along its historic banks. A popular attraction for holidaymakers in the Languedoc-Roussillon, Occitanie region of France and another UNESCO world heritage site, the historical Canal du Midi was built to link the Atlantic to the Mediterranean as a trade route in the 17th century.


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