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This round-up of nature's greatest 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 cliffsides of the Gorges du Verdon make this southern French valley a magnet to 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 to road trippers too (the scenery from Moustiers-Sainte-Marie to Castellane is truly showstopping).

Corsica feels like a world apart from mainland France, particularly in summer when the island is aflame with wildflowers. In the south, the sight of the Aiguilles de Bavella (Bavella Needles) will stun you almost as completely as local brandy acquavita. For stellar views, hike from Col de Bavella - there are walking trails to suit all abilities.

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