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Bora Bora
photograph by Francisco Nerviani

Bora Bora

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bora_Bora

Bora Bora is an island in the Leeward group of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of France in the Pacific Ocean. The island, located about 230 kilometres (143 miles) northwest of Papeete, is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. In the centre of the island are the remnants of an extinct volcano rising to two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, the highest point at 727 metres (2,385 feet).

Bora Bora is a major international tourist destination, famous for its aqua-centric luxury resorts. The major settlement, Vaitape, is on the western side of the main island, opposite the main channel into the lagoon. Produce of the island is mostly limited to what can be obtained from the sea and the plentiful coconut trees, which were historically of economic importance for copra. According to a 2008 census, Bora Bora has a permanent population of 8,880.

Capo Rosso
photograph by Götz Datko

Scandola Nature Reserve

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scandola_Nature_Reserve

The Scandola Nature Reserve is located on the west coast of the French island of Corsica, within the Corsica Regional Park. The reserve was established in 1975. The park and reserve has been recognized by the United Nations as a Natural World Heritage Site, and was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1983.

The Scandola Reserve is situated on the west coast of Corsica between Punta Muchillina and Punta Nera and includes Cape Girolata and Cape Porto. The reserve covers an area of 19.19 km2 (7.41 sq mi) of which 9.19 km2 (3.55 sq mi) is land and 10 km2 (3.9 sq mi) is sea.

The reserve has two sectors, the Elpa Nera inlet and the peninsula of Scandola. The jagged and sheer cliffs contain many grottos and are flanked by numerous stacks and almost inaccessible islets and coves, such as Tuara. The coastline is also noted for its red cliffs, sand beaches, and headlands.

Cascade Niagara
photograph by Dgidgil

Niagara Falls (Réunion)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niagara_Falls_(Réunion)

Niagara Falls is a waterfall in the commune of Sainte-Suzanne on the island of Réunion. Its height is approximately 55 metres (180 ft).

It is of easy access by car, and its pool is a popular picnic place on weekends and holidays.


Cascade sur la Vis
photograph by Manu Menges

Vis (river)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vis_(river)

The Vis is a 57.9-kilometre (36.0 mi) long river in south-central France, in the Languedoc-Roussillon région, right tributary of the Hérault River. Its source is in the Cévennes, near the village of Alzon. It flows between the Causse du Larzac and the Causse de Blandas into the Hérault département and the Gard département. The Vis flows into the Hérault River near Ganges.

Chamechaude
photograph by Céline Dormoy

Chamechaude

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamechaude

Chamechaude is the highest summit in the Chartreuse Massif in the Isère department in eastern France. It is the third most prominent mountain in metropolitan France.

Col du Tourmalet
photograph by Andrew Reynolds

Col du Tourmalet

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col_du_Tourmalet

Col du Tourmalet (elevation 2,115 m (6,939 ft)) is the highest paved mountain pass in the French Pyrenees, located in the department of Hautes-Pyrénées. Sainte-Marie-de-Campan is at the foot on the eastern side and the ski station La Mongie two-thirds of the way up. The village of Barèges lies on the western side, above the town of Luz-Saint-Sauveur.

Tourmalet is also a cheese made from sheep milk produced in these mountains.

Dune du Pilat
photograph by Jean-François Bonachera

Dune of Pilat

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dune_du_Pilat

The Dune of Pilat (French: Dune du Pilat, official name),[1] also called Grande Dune du Pilat) is the tallest sand dune in Europe. It is located in La Teste-de-Buch in the Arcachon Bay area, France, 60 km from Bordeaux.

The dune has a volume of about 60,000,000 m³, measuring around 500 m wide from east to west and 2.7 km in length from north to south. Its height is currently 110 meters above sea level. The dune is a famous tourist destination with more than one million visitors per year.

The dune is considered a foredune, meaning a dune that runs parallel to a shoreline, behind the high tide line of a beach. The dune has been observed to move landward, slowly pushing the forest back to cover houses, roads and portions of the Atlantic Wall. To back this evidence of coastal movement, maps from 1708 and 1786 both place areas with the name Pilat to the south and off-shore of the current dune's location. The area where the dune currently does not stand was referred to "Les Sabloneys" or the "New Sands" until the 1930s when it was renamed by real estate developers as the Dune of Pilat. Pilat originates from the Gascon word Pilhar, which refers to a heap or mound.[2]

Falaises d'Arromanches les Bains
photograph by Aurélien Grimpard

Arromanches-les-Bains

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arromanches-les-Bains

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Arromanches-les-Bains (or, simply Arromanches) is a French commune in the Calvados department in the Basse-Normandie region of north-western France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Arromanchais or Arromanchaises[1]

Fium'altu
photograph by Mathulak

Haute-Corse

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haute-Corse

Haute-Corse (French pronunciation: ​[ot.kɔʁs]; Corsican: Corsica suprana) (English: Upper Corsica) is a department of France consisting of the northern part of the island of Corsica.

The department was formed on 15 September 1975, when the department of Corsica was divided into Upper Corsica (Haute-Corse) and South Corsica (Corse-du-Sud). The department corresponds exactly to the former department of Golo, which existed between 1793 and 1811.

The department is surrounded on three sides by the Mediterranean Sea and on the south by the department of Corse-du-Sud.

Gorges du Verdon
photograph by Antonio Busso

Verdon Gorge

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorges_du_Verdon

The Gorges Du Verdon (in French: Les Gorges du Verdon or Grand canyon du Verdon), in south-eastern France (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence), is a river canyon that is often considered to be one of Europe's most beautiful. It is about 25 kilometres long and up to 700 metres deep. It was formed by the Verdon River, which is named for its startling turquoise-green colour, one of the location's distinguishing characteristics. The most impressive part lies between the towns of Castellane and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, where the river has cut a ravine to a depth of 700 metres through the limestone mass. At the end of the canyon, the Verdon River flows into the artificial lake of Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon (in French: Lac de Sainte-Croix).

Because of its proximity to the French Riviera, the gorge is very popular with tourists, who can drive around its rim, rent kayaks to travel on the river, or hike. The limestone walls, which are several hundreds of metres high, attract many rock climbers. It is considered an outstanding destination for multi-pitch climbing. The variety of 1,500 routes encompass cracks, pillars and seemingly endless walls, and range in distance from 20m to over 400m. The climbing is generally of a technical nature.

Lac Bernard
photograph by Julie Dzialoszynski

Belledonne

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belledonne

Belledonne (French: La chaine de Belledonne) is a mountain range (French: massif) in the Dauphiné Alps (part of the French Alps) in southeast France. The southern end of the range forms the eastern wall of the mountains that surround the city of Grenoble.

The range is noted for the spectacular scenery it provides the inhabitants of Grenoble, numerous ski areas, interesting geology, and a diverse range of alpine land types and uses.

Lac des Sagnes
photograph by David Magaud

Jausiers

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jausiers

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Jausiers is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France.

Le Gardon
photograph by Rémi Avignon

Gardon

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gardon

The Gardon or Gard (Occitan and French: Gardon, Gard) is a river in southern France. It is the namesake of the department of Gard. Several of its tributaries are also called Gardon.

The Gardon is 133 kilometres (83 mi) long, including its longest tributary "Gardon de Saint-Jean". It rises in the Cévennes mountain range and flows into the Rhône River (right-side tributary) at Comps, north of Beaucaire, across from Vallabrègues.

The Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard and the 16th-century Pont Saint-Nicolas are two historic bridges that cross the Gardon. The Gorges du Gardon, which ends at Pont Saint-Nicolas, is a popular recreation area for kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, and hiking.

Massif de Bavella
photograph by Christophe Melchers

Aiguilles de Bavella

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aiguilles_de_Bavella

The aiguilles de Bavella (I Forchi di Bavedda in Corsican) dominate the hill of the same name at 1218 m, connecting the Alta Rocca to the east coast of Corsica. The massif is smaller yet much more popular than the "aiguilles de Popolasca". The site is characterized by jagged peaks, large rock walls and pine twited by the wind.

At the heart of the "Massif de Bavella", we can find the seven "tours d'Asinau" (the actual "aiguilles de Bavella", formerly numbered from south to north):

The whole "Bavella massif" standing at 1899 m with both "Punta di u Furnellu" (Punta llu Furneddu) and "Punta Muvrareccia" (A Mufrareccia). Highest peak of the area is the "Monte Incudine" (2134 m) and extends from the forest of Tova in the north (Solaro town) to "Monte Calva" (1381 m) in the south, the limit of the "Massif de l'Ospedale", and almost up to Conca and the sea to the east.

Nuku Hiva
photograph by Raiatea Arcuri

Nuku Hiva

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuku_Hiva

Nuku Hiva (sometimes erroneously spelled "Nukahiva") is the largest of the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. It was formerly also known as Île Marchand and Madison Island.

Herman Melville wrote his book Typee based on his experiences in the Taipivai valley in the eastern part of Nuku Hiva. Robert Louis Stevenson's first landfall on his voyage on the Casco was at Hatihe'u, on the north side of Nuku Hiva, in 1888.

Pic d'Anie
photograph by Fernando Asiain Larrea

Pic d'Anie

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pic_d'Anie

Pic d'Anie (Basque Auñamendi) is a mountain of the Pyrenees in France, located close to the Spanish border. It is 2,507 metres (8,225 ft) high.

The mountain boasts an almost perfect pyramidal shape and is surrounded by the spectacular karst landscape of. Larra, in the Larra-Belagua massif (Navarre).

The three main access routes to the peak are: Belagua in Spain and Pierre-Saint Martin and Lescun in the French department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques.

Pic de Morgon
photograph by Alexandre Giraud

Pic de Morgon

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pic_de_Morgon

The "Pic de Morgon" (or "Grand Morgon") is a summit in the French Alps between "département des Hautes-Alpes" and "département des Alpes-de-Haute-Provence". It rises 2,324 metres (7,625 ft) above sea level. The summit is on the boundary between the "commune de Pontis", which it's the highest point, and the "commune de Crots". Its northern slopes is also the highest point of the "commune de Savines-le-Lac".

On "commune d'Embrun" South-West, it overlooks the abbey of Boscodon and the lake Serre-Ponçon.

The climbing is done by the Morgon's circus (Cirque de Morgon) which is well-attended during summer.

Tintamarre island
photograph by Benjamin Pouyet

Île Tintamarre

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tintamarre_Island

Île Tintamarre is a small island with an area of approximately 0.8 square kilometres (0.3 sq mi).[1] It is located in the Caribbean Sea, about 3 kilometres (2 mi) from the island of Saint Martin, and is administered as part of the French overseas collectivity of Saint Martin.[2][3] The island has no human occupants, but has been inhabited in the past. Between 1946 and 1950, it was the base for the airline Compagnie Aérienne Antillaise, which flew planes from the island's 500-metre (1,600 ft) airstrip (no longer existent.)[1][2][4]


Étretat
photograph by Matthieu Plante

Étretat

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Étretat

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Étretat is a commune in the Seine-Maritime department in Normandy in north-western France. It is a tourist and farming town situated about 32 km (20 mi) north-east of Le Havre, at the junction of the D 940, D 11 and D 139 roads. It is located on the coast of the Pays de Caux area.

Étretat is best known for its chalk cliffs, including three natural arches and a pointed formation called L'Aiguille or the Needle, which rises 70 metres (230 ft) above the sea.[1] The Etretat Chalk Complex, as it is known, consists of a complex stratigraphy of Turonian and Coniacian chalks.[2] Some of the cliffs are as high as 90 metres (300 ft).[1]