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The most beautiful destinations in France to do in a hot air balloon

Among the original ways to discover landscapes, cities and heritage, there is the balloon flight. For the passengers, young and old, a balloon flight is a soothing moment, and one quickly feels invaded by a feeling of lightness and well-being. And what could be better than to take a little height to marvel at the landscapes, forests and other mountains? Not forgetting the towns, villages and the most beautiful elements of heritage. With its many historical cities, ancient monuments and varied landscapes, France is an ideal territory to live the experience of a balloon flight. Here are the 10 destinations where you can enjoy a balloon flight, touch the sky and discover a region in 360°

1- The bay of Mont-Saint-Michel

Head for Normandy to fly over one of the wonders of French heritage: the Mont-Saint-Michel. Not only does the flight allow us to distinguish the curves of the rocky islet on which the famous abbey and the surrounding buildings are located, but also, depending on the marshes, we have the opportunity to see the sea surrounding this architectural jewel, or to distinguish the vast sandy space at low tide. During a hot air balloon flight over Mont-Saint-Michel, you can't miss the opportunity to have a look at the sublime beaches and coasts of the English Channel. A magical moment.

2- The castles of the Loire Valley

For centuries, the Loire Valley has been illuminated by superb Renaissance and medieval castles. They attract visitors from all over the world, who come to immerse themselves in the rich history of France. Flying over the castles of the Loire Valley in a hot air balloon is one of the most beautiful journeys to make from the skies in France. And for good reason, you can see the incredible tufa stone facades topped with slate roofs of the buildings, the French gardens, the royal river and its wide natural expanses, but also the wide green areas of the Garden of France. From Chambord to Amboise via Chenonceau, this is a memorable flight.

3- The Auvergne volcanoes

Lovers of hilly landscapes have the opportunity to live an experience they will not soon forget during a hot air balloon flight over the Auvergne volcanoes. From the heights, under the basket, you can see forests rich in chlorophyll, the undulating curves of the volcanoes and their mysterious craters, as well as the small towns that populate the area. Not forgetting the peaceful lakes that appear here and there, and along which one loves to stroll once on land. From the Cézalier plateau to the Sancy massif and the Puys chain, the Auvergne seen from the sky is a special moment

4- The vineyards of Burgundy

If a stay in Burgundy is ideal to visit the vineyards and to have some good wine tasting, it is also a wonderful region to discover from the sky in a hot air balloon. You can see the well-organized lines of the vineyards stretching as far as the eye can see, the superb rural landscapes of the Côte d'Or and the roofs of the wine villages. One can also have fun recognizing the superb glazed tiles of the Hospices de <a href="lieug_id:2427" target="_blank" title="Beaune / Côte-d'Or / Bourgogne-Franche-Comté / France">Beaune</a>, an architectural marvel of the territory. In this region of changing colors, flights are organized all year round, and the pleasure of the eyes is certain. </p&gt

5- The Fontainebleau castle

Just an hour from Paris, the Château de Fontainebleau seduces history and architecture lovers with its beautiful interiors and fascinating collections. The building, which has seen great sovereigns such as François I and Napoleon III pass through its walls, is just as beautiful from the air, as is the precious nature that surrounds it. This balloon flight allows you to fly over an immense wooded area of 25,000 hectares, where you can enjoy rivers, charming villages and a moving fauna, with deer and other wild boars.

6- The Dordogne Valley

We all know the beauty of the Dordogne, its preserved natural landscapes and its heritage that sends us back several hundred years. A hot air balloon flight in the Dordogne valley is to marvel at the green, hilly and rocky landscapes. Not forgetting the castles and medieval villages like La Roque-Gageac, lying at the foot of a cliff. The Dordogne is also famous for its gourmet products. Well, it is quite possible to take a flight offering a 100% local and artisanal tasting on board with foie gras, amuse-bouches and other appropriate wines

7- Provence

Among the most beautiful balloon flights to do in France, there is without a doubt the one that takes place over Provence and its unavoidable lavender fields. To have the chance to marvel at the mauve color of these fragrant flowers from the skies, you must live the experience in the middle of July. In addition to contemplating the lavender fields that cover the ground like an impressionist canvas, the flight also reveals pine forests, ochre-coloured reliefs that seem to glow in the sun, as well as picturesque villages hanging from their hills

8- The Mont-Blanc massif

A hot air balloon flight over the Mont-Blanc massif has a very special flavor. For all those who wish to do so on a sunny day, the departure takes the visitors over green valleys where hamlets are located, which seem lost in the middle of an infinite nature. Then you can see the glaciers, the needles and the eternal snows until you can admire the summit of the roof of Europe at an altitude of 4,810 m without getting tired of it. From the air, you can also see the mountain lakes and later, as you descend to the green meadows, the herds of animals animate the landscape

9- The Dombes valley

The Dombes valley offers fabulous landscapes, shaped by man for centuries. Indeed, it is necessary to go back to the 13th century to see monks digging the first ponds in order to exploit the clay soil. Today, there are more than 1,000 ponds in the valley, which is located in theAin region, between the Bresse, Bugey, Rhône plains and Saône valley. The area is perfect for a hot air balloon flight, where the heights offer a breathtaking view of water bodies, fields, historical monuments and picturesque villages. In this "Land of 1000 ponds", you should not forget to turn your head from the basket to see the Mâconnais and the Beaujolais to the west, and the Alps and the Mont-Blanc to the east.

10- The Marais Poitevin

Head to the west of France for a sublime balloon flight over the Marais Poitevin. A regional nature park with the "Grand site de France" label, this incredible site takes on a whole new dimension from the air. Aboard the gondola, you will be carried by the wind between La Roche-sur-Yon, Niort and La Rochelle. The canals draining these marshes over an area of 100,000 hectares then rise up. The Venise Verte reveals piers with multicoloured boats, but also many other nuggets such as the main historical monuments of Niort and the beautiful abbey of Maillezais

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