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Add some natural attractions to your tour of France

France tours attract travelers for a wide variety of reasons. The country has one of the most compelling histories of any European nation, and its big cities such as Paris and Versailles are teeming with a rich sense of culture and architectural beauty that is hard to match. But France is also environmentally diverse. There are lush forests, beautiful Mediterranean coastlines and the towering Alps, all contained within an area smaller than the state of Texas. Although they may sometimes be overlooked, France is home to a wide variety of natural attractions that are worth checking out.

Côte de Granit Rose
Located along the northwestern coast of France, the Côte de Granit Rose - literally Pink Granite Coast - is quite a sight to behold. The stretch of coast runs more than 18 miles, and as its name suggests, it is famous for the unique coloration of its sand, stone and rock formations. Aside from creating a romantic ambiance that's hard to beat, the pink rocks are also extremely rare. The same variety are only found in two other place on Earth: China and Corsica.

Gavarnie Falls
The mountainous southern region that forms the border with Spain is home to some of the country's best natural landmarks, including Gavarnie Falls. At more than 1,384 feet, it's the tallest waterfall in France, but the waterfall itself is not the only reason to pay a visit to Gavarnie. The surrounding landscape is impressive as well, with the Cirque de Gavarnie being one of the best opportunities for hiking in the southern part of the country.

Lavender Fields of Provence
Lavender is certainly not unique to France, but there are few places around the world where you can see it quite like in the Provence region of France. Not only does the pleasing scent of these breathtaking plants permeate seemingly every corner of the region during July and August, but the expansive fields are also a pleasure for the eyes. There are a number of spots where the flowers are especially beautiful, but the Sénanque Abbey is hard to top. The building dates back to the 12th century, but its the landscape around it that sets it apart from the rest. 

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