12 little-known French departments worth the detour!

Do you want a holiday away from the crowds? Many sometimes little-known French departments offer great discoveries for your next trip!

If we often think of the same destinations for our holidays, there are still plenty of holidays. other less touristy options for those who seek originality and new discoveries. From Meuse to Ariège via Drôme, French departments all have unique assets. To guide you in choosing your next destination, we invite you to explore twelve French departments that you wouldn’t think of visiting and are worth wandering around!


Between historical sites and nature, the Meuse is one of the richest French parts to explore. Not to be missed, Verdun is a city of history where you can learn more about the First World War, but it’s also a delightful city to explore. related to Bar-le-Duc With Saint Michael in an unconventional and artistic way forest windThe Meuse is full of amazing places to visit away from the crowds. Another must-see is the Lorraine regional nature park and lake of madina For a getaway in the heart of nature!

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Meuse - In the footsteps of World War I
In the footsteps of World War I © Meuse Attractive / Guillaume Ramon


Inside South West, Gers is a holiday destination to be discovered… between magnificent villages, gastronomy and nature! from the governor’s office Moreover medieval villages, take a break at your own pace in the heart of the city Gascony. For example, in Gers you can leave. in the footsteps of d’Artagnan Listen to a jazz concert at Lupiac, Marciac, or wander the streets of Larressingle.

Medieval village Tillac in Gers in the French departments
The medieval village of Tillac in Gers © Gilles Oster


In the heart of the Pyrenees, Ariege It is the perfect holiday destination if you want to combine. walks in majestic landscapes and authentic discoveries. Must visit during your trip fox. This small town on the banks of the Ariège river is truly magnificent, dominated by its castle.

Foix Castle
Foix Castle © mathisprod


Inside Massive CenterThe Cantal is worth wandering around for a relaxing holiday full of discoveries. During your stay you will have many options for taking amazing walks in the heart of the city. Auvergne volcanoes. You can enjoy skiing to the fullest in ski resorts that are ideal for the whole family. lioran. From the Château de Val to the towns of Saint-Flour or Aurillac, great visits await in Cantal too!

Panoramic view of Saint-Flour from Murat - Cantal - Auvergne - France road
Panoramic view of Saint-Flour in Cantal © panod360


found in Auvergne-Rhone-AlpesDrôme is a French department that we recommend you visit for the beauty of its landscapes. lavender fields and for him typical perched villages. During your holiday in Drôme, we recommend you to explore the magnificent regional natural park of the Baronnies Provençales. Feel free to visit Valence or Montélimar!

Venterol village in Drôme
The village of Venterol in Drôme © Dominique


Between Toulouse and Montpellier, Aveyron is a French department located in Occitania. related to Rhodes With Millauis home to cute little towns that know how to seduce visitors. Aveyron also has many medieval villages traditional and perched villages. So you can organize a typical excursion into the heart of a preserved natural environment.

Espalion village in Aveyron
Espalion village in Aveyron © Pat in stock


Located in the northeast of the Occitanie region, Lozère is the least populated region of France. If you want to spend a green holiday, Lozère has the chance to seduce you with its small landscape. authentic villagessound traditions rural areas and her great views. From Mende via the Aubrac regional natural park to the magnificent village of Saint-Enimie, take a wonderful break in Lozère!

Saint Chely du Tarn bridge in French sections
Saint Chely du Tarn bridge © Baloo


Nestled between the Loire Valley, the Armorican Massif, and the Ile de France, Sarthe is one of those French departments you wouldn’t necessarily consider for a trip to France. With many forestsThe Sarthe still offers great options for a quiet holiday. For a city break, Le Mans with its side streets and historical center, it is a must. The city is also world famous. 24 Hours of Le Mans car racing.

Le Mans in Sarthe
Le Mans © Chris Rose


Located in the center of France, Allier is a French province home to amazing cities. Don’t miss it if you’re planning an exploration in Allier mills and the National Stage Costume Center as well as the magnificent spa town vichy. As a family PAL is an unmissable zoo.

The town of Montluçon in Allier in the French departments
The town of Montluçon in Allier © JackF


Located in the east of France, on the Swiss border, Doubs is a beautiful destination if you want to spend a nice vacation. preserved nature in the heart of authentic landscapes. During your stay at Doubs, you will have many options to practice or explore outdoor activities. beautiful natural sites. Don’t miss to visit the beautiful city Besançon.

doubs valley
Doubs valley © Pierre


Located in the Grand Est region, Aube is one of the French departments that you do not immediately think of for your holiday. between champagne tourist route at the amusement park NiglolandThe Aube is nevertheless a beautiful destination near Paris. City for a weekend getaway Troyes with its half-timbered houses Perfect

The beautiful town of Troyes
The beautiful town of Troyes © malajscy


In the Centre-Val de Loire region, Loiret is a French province that is home to many extraordinary places to visit. If you are traveling in Loiret, Orléans It is an extraordinary city to be explored, with its cathedral and the banks of the Loire. In Loiret, you can also visit majestic buildings such as: Sully-sur-Loire Castle where Chateau Meung-sur-Loire.

Sully-sur-Loire Castle
Sully-sur-Loire castle © Vladimir Sazonov

French departments… and beyond?

So, which parts of France that we haven’t thought about enough but deserve to be visited? If you are looking for more information prepare for your next vacation Feel free to explore our secluded places close to nature, the most beautiful destinations in France or the most beautiful villages in the country, in authentic places in France.

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