Palais idéal du facteur Cheval

 © Benoît Prieur — Travail personnel, CC0, 

19 October 2022  |  Tourism

The 15 most unusual places to discover in France

You are on vacation in France, discover the most unusual places and exceptional visits not to be missed.

Postman Cheval's Ideal Palace in Hauterives

A fantastic place conceived by the imagination of a man.

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Palais idéal du facteur Cheval

 © Jacquym — Travail personnel, CC BY-SA 4.0, 

The sewers of Paris

Located in Paris, dive into the bowels of the City of Light, for a unique visit: a unique labyrinth. Paris Sewers website:

Colorado Provençal in Rustrel

The Colorado Provencal is a desert located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in a former ocher quarry.

Visit the Colorado Provencal outside the summer period, it is a place that attracts a large number of tourists and Colorado is sometimes saturated.

Check out our latest Colorado Provencal blog post here:

Open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (last vehicle enters the car park) exit from the massifs at 6:30 p.m.

Colorado Provencal website:

Colorado provençal

 © Pixabay 

The rocks sculpted by Abbé Fouré in Saint-Malo

Enjoy a walk by the sea along the "customs officer's path". Where you can observe the amazing sculptures that line the route.

 Rochers sculptés de Rothéneuf

 © Gilles San Martin — Travail personnel, CC BY-SA 3.0, 

The vertiginous balconies hike in the Gorges du Tarn

A hike in the heart of the Tarn gorges, which promises you memorable views of the surroundings. Please note this hike is not easy and can be perilous.

The Abode of Chaos in Lyon

A former coaching inn has been converted into a most original and artistic contemporary art museum.

Disorder and provocation will take you out of your comfort zone.

Every year 180,000 visitors come to visit the Demeure du Chaos in Lyon.

Website: The Abode of Chaos in Lyon: - Entry is free.

Demeure du Chaos Lyon

 ©Abode of chaos —, CC BY 2.0, 

The Machines of the Island in Nantes

The former shipyard is one of the unusual places in France not to be missed. You can explore this site on foot and project yourself into this unique environment and discover the amazing animals.

Website: Les Machines de l'Ile à Nantes:

Les Machines de l'Ile à Nantes

 © Nantes culture&patrimoine — Travail personnel, CC BY-SA 3.0, 

The Hermione Frigate at Rochefort

The Hermione is a replica of the French warship L'Hermione, a square three-master, in service from 1779 to 1793, rebuilt by the Hermione-La Fayette association in the former Rochefort Arsenal from 1997 and launched in salt water on September 7, 2014.

A troglodyte village in Rochemenier

These house farms and chapels make the connection very mysterious. This village dug in the heart of a plain opens the doors to an incredible underground world.

The Rochemenier Museum makes you discover the visitable underground passages of the village. Located in Anjou, between the Loire Valley and the Atlantic coast, the museum of the troglodyte village of Rochemenier invites you on a journey in the footsteps of our ancestors. The museum presents to visitors since 1967, two old underground farms, out of the 40 located in the village.

Site internet village troglodytique à Rochemenier:

The little train of the Ardèche

Embark on the small steam train aboard the Mastrou to discover the green Ardèche. Leap in time guaranteed! The railway clings to the side of the cliff. Winding at 25km an hour through the narrow Gorges du Doux, a tributary of the Rhône, the train is the only way to admire the wild landscapes. A trip with family or friends. Since 1891, mechanic drivers and conductors have been repeating the same gestures to ensure their circulation. The exhaust of steam and the whistles of the locomotive punctuate the journey. 28 km of track / 130 of history / 27 classified vehicles.

Website Le Petit Train de l'Ardèche:

Le petit train de l'Ardèche

 © Le petit train de l'Ardèche  

The Vallon du Villaret

Nestled in the heart of the Cévennes, surrounded by nature, for a moment of absolute relaxation. Game, art and nature form a pleasant trio for a day of decompression in a majestic setting.

The Tchier of Borée

Follow the path of the life-size work of art Le Tchier De Borée for a mythological discovery.

The Robert Tatin Museum in Mayenne

Curiosity and work of the builder-traveller, Rober Tatin, an accomplished artist, took 20 years to create this museum, which inspired him during his many travels.

Musée Robert Tatin

 © Musée Robert Tatin  

The Fabuloserie of Dicy

Exceptional art museum, with its inhabited garden which allows a unique visit and far from everyday life.

La Fabuloserie is a private museum open to the public since 1983. Located in Charny-Orée-de-Puisaye, in Yonne, the space was fitted out by Alain Bourbonnais to house his collection of exceptional art. The collection brings together more than a thousand creations made by self-taught artists related to art brut.

La Fabuloserie de Dicy

 © La Fabuloserie de Dicy  

Exotic garden in the Cévennes

A great breath of fresh air and a change of scenery in the heart of this botanical garden thanks to its unexpected flora.

La Bambouseraie en Cévennes: an exceptional exotic botanical garden. La Bambouseraie en Cévennes is located on the foothills of the Parc des Cévennes near Anduze, 11 km from Alès and 45 km from Nîmes, in the Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée region.

Jardin exotique dans les Cévennes

 © Jean du Boisberranger 

Discover among these 15 places the place you most want to visit. An architectural, botanical, or rich in history, discover the most unusual places not to be missed in France.

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