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In Photos: 10 Secret Travel Destinations in France

By Lucy - 4 min read

Take the road less traveled.

If you are planning a trip to France, you are in good company: The country is the most popular travel destination in the world, with Paris taking the top spot as most visited city in the world. So why not stray from the masses and explore some of the places less frequently seen? After all, France isn’t just renowned for its hotspots but also for its diversity.

To give you some ideas, ease the planning, and possibly inspire the next trip, we have collected photos of 10 less-known travel destinations that our community members have shared on EyeEm. You won’t see the Eiffel tour here, but parts of the country full of natural beauty, tradition, and contemporary architecture.

La Camargue

Located in Southern France, this region includes one of the country’s largest nature reserves. It houses more than 400 species of birds, flamingoes, and even a bespoke horse breed: the white Camarguais.

White horses standing at ranch

By Arne B. Langleite

Les Calanques

More than just a place, Les Calanques are a region of rugged valleys with dramatic views across the Mediterranean Sea. Centuries of exposure to the sea have transformed its rocks into surreal shapes and steep cliffs.

nature

By Le Duc

Honfleur

Right where the Seine meets the English channel, there’s Honfleur, a traditional harbor city known for its historic port.

Boats moored at harbor against city at dusk

By Anna Kravtsova

Colmar

This small town, located in the Easter Alsace region, is famous for its old town – and for being the center of the surrounding wine region.

Buildings in city

By Fohi

La Dune du Pilat

It might seem strange to visit a sand dune, but this one – 60 km from Bordeaux – is the tallest one in the world. Try not to feel like you are in the desert when you stand on it.

Scenic view of dune of pilat against sky

By Baptiste

St–Malo

A historic walled city, St-Malo is located in the Brittany region and used to be a hotspot for pirates. Today, it has become a much more tranquil place:

Reflection of buildings on water

By Bentom Wyemji

Étretat

Renowned for its impressive white cliffs, Étretat is a commune in the Normandie that has previously attracted many of the great artists of the 20th century.

Cliff by sea at etretat

By Christiaan Verhulst

Viaduc de Millau

This bridge, spanning a valley in the South of France, is the tallest one in the world. It was designed by Sir Norman Foster and ranks as one of the great engineering achievements of our age. As much as we love photography: Pictures don’t quite do it justice.

Millau viaduct against cloudy sky

By Laszlo Sandor

Gorges du Verdon

A canyon formed by the Verdon river, the Gorges du Verdon are where you can find deep blue water flowing among white limestone – a paradise for photographers.

Scenic view of sea with mountain in background

By Andreas Wancura

Clos Montmartre

Paris might get a lot of visitors, but few of them every make it to this hidden gem: An actual vineyard, squarely in the middle of the French capital. “The Guardian” describes it as a sight not to be missed – and encourages you to “forget the Arc de Triomphe, Napoleon’s Tomb, and definitely the Eiffel Tower” for it.

building exterior

By Louise

Have we sparked your curiosity? See more unseen angles of France in our collection about France and Paris. Want to go somewhere else? Let yourself be inspired by browsing through authentic images about travel.

Header image by @annkravtsova.

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