One of southern France's most inspiring natural sites, the plunging canyons of the Gorges du Tarn wind for some 50km through the high limestone plateaux west from Florac. Steep cliffs carve through sparkling blue-green waters and limestone escarpments. En route are two villages: medieval Ste-Énimie (a good base for canoeing and walking along the gorges) and La Malène, smaller but equally attractive and with the same opportunities for outdoor fun.
The most spectacular section of the gorges starts at Ste-Énimie, and then winds westwards to Le Rozier, where the River Jonte flows into the Tarn. Motorists and cyclists can take in staggering panoramas from the narrow and twisting cliffside road (expect traffic jams in summer), but piloting your own kayak or canoe is the best way to experience the amazing scenery.