16 dreamy pictures of France’s mountains that will have you longing for the hills

PUBLISHED: 16:55 08 December 2020 | UPDATED: 17:04 08 December 2020

The amazing, fortified town of Briancon is well worth visiting. Pic: Getty

The amazing, fortified town of Briancon is well worth visiting. Pic: Getty

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From picturesque Alpine towns to dramatic Pyrenean peaks, be inspired by these gorgeous photos of French mountains

1) Walking the dramatic Vercors Massif, which straddles the departments of Isère and Drôme in south-east France and is a popular destination for outdoor sports enthusiasts.

The Vercors Massif. Pic: Sanderstock/GettyThe Vercors Massif. Pic: Sanderstock/Getty

2) The gorgeous waters of the Lac de Gaube in the French Pyrenees. You can see the Pic du Vignemale, the 3,298m-high mountain split between France and Spain, in the background.

The Lac de Gaube in the French Pyrenees. Pic: vencavolrab/GettyThe Lac de Gaube in the French Pyrenees. Pic: vencavolrab/Getty

3) The pistes await in the Savoyard resort of Les Menuires, one of the venues of the 1992 Winter Olympic Games.

Les Menuires, part of the Trois Vallees. Pic: Janoka82/GettyLes Menuires, part of the Trois Vallees. Pic: Janoka82/Getty

4) An Abondance cow grazes in a lush Alpine meadow in La Plagne.

An Abondance cow in the French Alps. Pic: Musat/GettyAn Abondance cow in the French Alps. Pic: Musat/Getty

5) The unusual shape of fortified Briançon in Hautes-Alpes is best seen from above.

Briancon in Hautes-Alpes. Pic: JackF/GettyBriancon in Hautes-Alpes. Pic: JackF/Getty

6) The three peaks of the Aiguilles d’Arves stand proudly above the Savoie countryside.

The Aiguilles d'Arves in the Dauphine Alps. Pic: LukaszMiegoc/GettyThe Aiguilles d'Arves in the Dauphine Alps. Pic: LukaszMiegoc/Getty

7) As the highest mountain accessible by cable car in the area, the Aiguille du Midi in the Chamonix valley is a must-visit for any visitor to Haute-Savoie.

The Aiguille du Midi near Chamonix, Haute-Savoie. Pic: i-wildman/GettyThe Aiguille du Midi near Chamonix, Haute-Savoie. Pic: i-wildman/Getty

8) A magnificent view of the ruins of the Château de Lœwenstein in the Vosges mountains in Bas-Rhin.

Chateau de Loewenstein in the northern Vosges mountains. Pic: Leonid Andronov/GettyChateau de Loewenstein in the northern Vosges mountains. Pic: Leonid Andronov/Getty

9) Victor Hugo described the Cirque de Gavarnie in Hautes-Pyrenees as “the Colosseum of nature” and it’s not hard to see why.

The Cirque de Gavarnie in Hautes-Pyrenees. Pic: bbsferrari/GettyThe Cirque de Gavarnie in Hautes-Pyrenees. Pic: bbsferrari/Getty

10) Who lives in a house like this? An idyllic mountain dwelling near the village of Pralognan-la-Vanoise in the Alps.

A traditional house in the Vanoise National Park. Pic: daboost/GettyA traditional house in the Vanoise National Park. Pic: daboost/Getty

11) A snowy scene in the ski resort of La Grave in the Écrins National Park, south of Grenoble.

La Grave in Hautes-Alpes. Pic: Francois Roux/GettyLa Grave in Hautes-Alpes. Pic: Francois Roux/Getty

12) A handsome donkey poses for a picture in front of the Pic du Midi d’Ossau in the French Pyrenees.

The Pic du Midi d'Ossau in the French Pyrenees. Pic: Philipimage/GettyThe Pic du Midi d'Ossau in the French Pyrenees. Pic: Philipimage/Getty

13) Ticket to ride! Take a trip up to the Mer de Glace glacier on the famous little red train which departs from Chamonix.

The Montenvers train in Chamonix. Pic: saiko3p/GettyThe Montenvers train in Chamonix. Pic: saiko3p/Getty

14) The ruins of the convent of San Francescu di Caccia near Castifao, Corsica, look spellbinding against the snowy mountain backdrop.

The old convent in Castifao in Corsica. Pic: joningall/GettyThe old convent in Castifao in Corsica. Pic: joningall/Getty

15) The Tour de France peloton navigates the hills of the Massif Central – seen here at the Pas de Peyrol in Auvergne.

The peloton in the Massif Central. Pic: Razvan/GettyThe peloton in the Massif Central. Pic: Razvan/Getty

16) The Tour du Mont Blanc hiking route in the French Alps is an epic challenge for any walker.

The Tour du Mont Blanc. Pic: Sanderstock/GettyThe Tour du Mont Blanc. Pic: Sanderstock/Getty

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