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Travelers Today       By    MJ De Castro

Updated: Jul 12, 2018 11:14 AM EDT

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France is known for its natural wonders. Now, it boasts its "Green Volcanoes," which have just been added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Located in the Auvergne region in south-central France, Chaîne des Puys is a string of volcanic sites known for its lush patch of greenery. The volcano has been dormant for 6,000 years, and its magnificent landscape does not fail to leave a good impression on tourists.

Picture-Worthy Sight

With its captivating cone shape and crater lakes, it is no question why it was deemed to have a high universal value.

According to the award-giving body, the green volcanoes, known as the first natural World Heritage site in mainland France, are a symbolic part of the West European rift and was created as a result of the formation of the Alps 35 million years ago.

The said volcanoes, also the youngest within the Chaîne des Puys, are one of the most-visited sites in Auvergne. They attract around 500,000 tourists annually.

The Chaîne des Puys is a prime example of the effects of continental break-up. It shows how the crust of the Earth faulted and collapsed, which made it possible for magma to rise and significantly lift the land's surface. Furthermore, the history that the site brings led to its inscription.

Activities To Do

Visitors who want to see the amazing sight can head over to Parc Naturel Régional des Volcans d'Auvergne, a 4,000-square kilometer park in the region.

The park offers a wide array of activities for its visitors including hiking, which will allow visitors to see the breathtaking crater lakes and magnificent panoramic view of the area.

Tourists should expect that the hike is easy, considering the recently built wooden steps. People can also try horseback riding, motorcycle rides, or fishing.

For those who want an adventure, they can also try paragliding. However, travelers who want a more relaxed trip can opt to visit the vineyards in the area. As a part of Côtes d'Auvergne, visitors can check out the popular Loire Valley.

Loire Valley is known for its amazing choices of Gamay, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir made possible by the cool climate and combination of granitic soils, as well as a vineyard elevation of around 350-550 meters. This must-visit spot is perfect for vacationers who just want to spend their whole day drinking wine and enjoying the view.

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