France is a country busting with items to see and do. It's jam-packed filled with attractions. Those who only visit places like Paris, Nice, and Marseille and think they've “done” France are really doing themselves an injustice. One of the more unusual destinations of France is the small village of Pont-en-Royans. It is a place that combines history, nature, architecture, and (didn't see that coming) global water tasting.
The alpine region of France is completely stunning – the ecu Alps are divided between France, Switzerland, Austria, and Italy. While here don't forget to visit both the stunning Alps of Switzerland and Austria and see the way they differ. Also in the France Alps, visit Annecy – referred to as French “Venice of the Alps.”
The Stunning Cliff-Hanging French Village of Pont-en-Royans
One of France's many hidden (as well as unexpected) gems is the cliff-hanging houses of Pont-en-Royans.
Pont-en-Royans is a tiny town located near the Isère valley in the gates from the Vercors Regional Natural Park in southern France through the French Alps. It is in the meeting from the rivers Bourne and Vernasion.
Pont-en-Royans is among those undiscovered charming and picturesque villages. With its houses overhanging it the Bourne River it's a particularly good place to admire this unusual especially photogenic sight.
- Tip: A Good Viewing Spot Is From The Picard Bridge
- Built: During the 16th Century
Other than taking pictures, there is not much to do here. It's possible to stroll across the river and revel in an open-air picnic lunch on the picnic tables there. Alternatively, go for a splash in the waterfall.
Another attraction in the area is the Choranche caves. These caves have an underground river as well as other cave formations like stalactites.
- Caves: There are many Caves In The Area
The village provides a number of fine old buildings including some medieval troglodyte dwellings. Medieval architecture dates from the 16th century. Still visible are the remains of the old castle from the 13th-century bridge.
The buildings were intentionally built within the precipice to maximise the plateau's limited space. It had been originally involved in a bustling wood trade (although today tourism may be the main order of the day).
The population from the village has been around decline. Its peak population was 1443 inhabitants in 1806, this year it had reduced to 817 residents.
Visit The Water Tasting Museum
For a unique attraction in an unusual village, Pont-en-Royans even has a Water Museum (called Le Musée de l'Eau). The museum boasts at least 1,500 bottles water from all over the planet Body can even taste water from more than 900 bottled waters around the globe.
- Tip: Forget Wine Tasting and Go Water Tasting In Pont-en-Royans
- Educational & Fun: Reviewers Say The Water Bar Is Fun and also the Museum Is Educational For the Children
The Museum water has a website, but it is only in French. They are dedicated to the scientific, cultural, educational, and fun promotion of the understanding of water – in the local Vercors region as well as in the world. If one is going, check the website for any upcoming events.
The Museum water can be one's one-stop-shop within the village as well. They likewise have expensive hotels and a restaurant for auction on their website (why not try out some local French cuisine?).
Vercors Regional Natural Park
The village of Pont-en-Royans is perched directly on the stunning Vercors Regional National Park. It's a protected section of forested mountains in the Rh^one-Alpes region and is focused on a limestone plateau.
It is a place made up of tall limestone cliffs, high plateaus, green valleys, mountain meadows, forests, deep gorges, and lots of caves. Here one can enjoy activities like spelunking, hiking, and skiing.
- Wild Animals: Include Deer, Mouflon, Chamois, Boar, Alpine Ibex
- Total Area: 135,000 hectares (330,000 acres)
The Vercors area is ideal for those who want to explore both above and below ground. It is peppered with caves that served like a safe retreat for that French Resistance during World War Two.
For those with an interest in the French history in the war, nowadays there are approximately three hundred monuments towards the Resistance plus a memorial center. Additionally, there's also the remains of a destroyed village.
- Popular Activities: Skiing, Hiking, and Spelunking
- Highest Point: Grand Veymont At 2,341 Meters
- Established: The Park Was Established In 1970
There is so a lot more to France than Paris and the other well-known cities!