1 Puy de Dôme
Some 400m above Clermont-Ferrand, this long-extinct volcano offers staggering vistas of the Massif Central.
2 Le Puy-en-Velay
Built on volcanic rocks, this ancient town offers intriguing reminders of how similar the Byzantine and Romanesque styles once were.
Modern pilgrims trek to this monastery town, once an important way station on the route to Santiago de Compostela.
4 The Millau viaduct
Designed by Sir Norman Foster, the viaduct is a miracle of modern engineering.
The river gorge of the Tarn provides excellent opportunities for kayaking and canoeing.
6 Gorges de l’Ardèche
From the natural bridge at Pont d’Arc, the rushing Ardèche has carved out a dramatic descent through wooded and cave-riddled cliffs.