3. Cirque de Gavarnie

Famously described by French novelist, Victor Hugo as "the Colosseum of nature" due to its enormous size and horseshoe shape, this awe inspiring natural wonder is located within the commune of Gavarnie, the department of Hautes-Pyrénées, and the Pyrenees National Park. Resembling an amphitheatre, the cirque is about 3,000m wide at the top, while the rock walls that surround it soar 1,500 metres above the floor of the Cirque. During spring, the snow melt creates cascading waterfalls, the largest being Gavarnie Falls, the second highest waterfall in Europe. Gavarnie is a picturesque 50 minutes drive from LeBelvedere.