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France's Lesser-known Beauty Uncovered

Posted May 26, 2015

When traveling in France it is fun to do the touristy destinations like the Eiffel Tower, or to simply enjoy the decadent food and wine from the region. But remember, you’ll find incredible beauty and countless local wonders when you stray off of the beaten path. These destinations may not be as well-known, but they are breathtakingly beautiful nonetheless:

CLERMONT-FERRAND


Clermont-Ferrand


Clermont-Ferrand resides in the Auvergne region of France. It features several charming gardens and parks, as well as shopping, entertainment, and a short-film festival. It is also home to the Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral, a Gothic-style cathedral built entirely of black lava stone that is quite beautiful and very distinctive.


CONQUES


Conques


This charming, historic village is located on a hillside where the Ouche and Dourdou rivers meet. Buses and other large vehicles are not able to enter due to the medieval era town’s narrow streets, leaving the majority of tourists to explore it on foot. The core of the town has experienced little construction since the 1950’s. It is quiet and quaint, especially if you choose to stay overnight – most tourists explore during the day and leave in the late afternoon, making for a quiet, blissful evening.

SÈTE


Sete


Nestled in southern France’s Languedoc-Roussillon region on the Mediterranean, this seaside resort has its own quirky charm with a junk museum and water jousting. Each year, during the town festival the “Saint Louis”, it hosts a major water jousting tournament. Enjoy a Riviera-esque view and experience without the cruise ship crowds.


CHÂRLONS-EN-CHAMPAGNE


Chalons-en-Champagne


If you love great wine then you’ll adore this lovely town. Tucked in among several vineyards, Châlons-en-Champagne, formerly Châlons-sur-Marne, is on the road less traveled, leaving you to explore freely sans the tourist crowds. You can flee Paris and arrive here in under two hours by train.

Practically everywhere in France is stunningly beautiful. Sometimes, though, we discover some of the most beautiful jewels when we stray far from the regularly traveled path. Experience France in a new way by stepping off the well-worn tourist footpaths and discover all that this amazing country has to offer.