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HORSEBACK VACATIONS IN THE MOUNTAINS

France is not only a country of vineyards, beautiful beaches and historic cities but also of mountains of many kinds...
Some of Europe's most imposing mountains border the southeast (the Alps) and southwest (the Pyrenees) of France. In the center, the Massif Central is made of ancient volcanoes, and in the east, the linear folded ridges of the Jura mountain range from Alsace to the Alps in the south.


The Alps

The Alps is the collective name for one of the greatest mountain ranges of Europe, stretching from Austria and Slovenia in the east, through Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany to France in the west. The highest peak of the Alps, and in Europe, is the Mont Blanc (4810 m). A popular area loaded with holidays opportunities, the French Alps were sculpted by glaciers, giving to the valleys a mild climate and rich soil. Inspiring craggy peaks and snowcapped mountains rise up in the French Alps, where there are fantastic opportunities for skiers and snowboarders.
Weather changes very quickly and varies from summer to winter.

With pleasant weather in the summer the valleys open up to lush green fauna and fields of wildflowers. In winter, you can expect snow on the mountains, and sometimes in the valleys.






The Pyrenees

The Pyrenees are a range of mountains in southwest Europe that form a natural border between France and Spain. They separate the Iberian Peninsula from France, and extend on about 430km (267 miles) from the Bay of Biscay on the Atlantic Ocean to Cap de Creus on the Mediterranean Sea. For the most part the main crests forms the Franco-Spanish frontier, with the principality of Andorra sandwiched between them.
The amount of precipitations, including rain and snow, is much greater in western than in eastern Pyrenees, which leads to clear contrast between these sections of the chain.
A still more marked effect of the preponderance of rainfall in the western half of the chain is seen in the vegetation. The lower mountains in the extreme west are covered with forests, whereas the eastern Pyrenees are specially wild and barren.



The Vosges mountains

At the eastern of France, this mountain is a part of Alsace landascape with a nice fauna and flora with an excellente gastronomy.


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