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

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

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

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

The Vercors Massif. Pic: Sanderstock/Getty

The Vercors Massif. Pic: Sanderstock/Getty - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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

The Lac de Gaube in the French Pyrenees. Pic: vencavolrab/Getty - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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.

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

Les Menuires, part of the Trois Vallees. Pic: Janoka82/Getty - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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

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

An Abondance cow in the French Alps. Pic: Musat/Getty - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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

Briancon in Hautes-Alpes. Pic: JackF/Getty

Briancon in Hautes-Alpes. Pic: JackF/Getty - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto/JackF

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

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

The Aiguilles d'Arves in the Dauphine Alps. Pic: LukaszMiegoc/Getty - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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

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

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

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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.

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

Chateau de Loewenstein in the northern Vosges mountains. Pic: Leonid Andronov/Getty - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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

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

The Cirque de Gavarnie in Hautes-Pyrenees. Pic: bbsferrari/Getty - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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

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

A traditional house in the Vanoise National Park. Pic: daboost/Getty - Credit: Getty Images

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

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

La Grave in Hautes-Alpes. Pic: Francois Roux/Getty - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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

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

The Pic du Midi d'Ossau in the French Pyrenees. Pic: Philipimage/Getty - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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

The Montenvers train in Chamonix. Pic: saiko3p/Getty

The Montenvers train in Chamonix. Pic: saiko3p/Getty - Credit: Getty Images

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

The old convent in Castifao in Corsica. Pic: joningall/Getty - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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

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

The peloton in the Massif Central. Pic: Razvan/Getty - Credit: Getty Images

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

The Tour du Mont Blanc. Pic: Sanderstock/Getty

The Tour du Mont Blanc. Pic: Sanderstock/Getty - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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

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