- By lisa
- On Nov 18, 2018
- Travel Tips
The rivers of France cross the country, giving the departments their names. France has beautiful rivers that flow through its cities and villages, giving us those unmistakable images of glorious water rippling under old bridges, and past riverside terraces and imposing châteaux. To enjoy the River vacations in France by our tips on the site.
The Loire: France's Longest River
The Loire is the longest river of France at 630 miles (1,013 km). It rises in the Massif Central in the Ardèche department, high up in the Cevennes mountain ranges. The source is 1,350 meters (4,430 ft) above sea level at the foot of the bleak Gerbier de Jonc. The Loire flows through a large part of France before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean.
The Seine: Second Longest River
The Seine River, the second longest river in France at 482 miles (776 km), is so much part of Paris that it is the best known of all the French rivers. It rises modestly just about 30 km northwest of Dijon in the Côte d'Or, then flows northwest to the attractive town of Troyes in Champagne, known for its medieval streets and outlet shopping malls. The mighty river then flows past the forest of Fontainebleau through Melun, Corbeil then through Paris. This is the heart of the Seine, the river that divides the city between the right and the left bank, forming the greatest element of the capital’s life and cityscape.
The Garonne: Third Longest River
The Garonne is 357 miles (575 km) long and rises in the Spanish Pyrenees from glacial waters high up in Aragon. The fourth longest river in France, it flows north then east around Saint-Gaudens and across one of France’s largest alluvial plains. It passes through Toulouse, famous for its great artist Toulouse-Lautrec, just after the Ariège river joins it.