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France‘s smorgasbord of cultural delights could keep even the most avid museum-hopper busy for a lifetime, but do not forget about the great outdoors. France smoulders with natural beauty, so why not go au naturel in the country’s mountain ranges, canyons and along its startling stretches of coast? These 10 fresh-air sights in France will have you tumbling down giant sand dunes and feeling the cool spray of waterfalls in no time.
The spectacular river-carved cliff sides of the Gorges du Verdon make this southern French valley a magnet for adventure travellers, as well as a favourite spot for that less adrenaline-fuelled pastime, le pique-nique. Kayakers and climbers test their limits on the rocky outcrops, but stunning views are on show for road trippers too. (David C Tomlinson/LPI/Getty)