The world's most beautiful natural gems: 9 exceptional UNESCO World Heritage sites

In the vast diversity of our planet, certain natural sites stand out for their exceptional beauty and ecological importance. These natural wonders, recognised and preserved by UNESCO, bear witness to the richness and fragility of our global heritage. Let's go and meet nine of these treasures, destinations where nature reveals all its splendour and where preserving our environment takes on its full meaning.

Les lagons de Nouvelle-Calédonie

Les lagons de Nouvelle-Calédonie

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Rice terraces in the Philippines

These high-altitude rice paddies in the lfugao mountains in the Philippines are the fruit of over 2,000 years of know-how. The result is a landscape of remarkable beauty, the perfect balance between man and nature.

Les rizières en terrasse aux Philippines

Les rizières en terrasse aux Philippines

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Mount Etna in Italy

Etna, located in Sicily, is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Reaching an altitude of 3,300 metres, it is the pride of Sicilians and the source of many Greek myths.

Le volcan Etna au coucher du soleil, Sicile, Italie

Le volcan Etna au coucher du soleil, Sicile, Italie

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Durmitor National Park in Montenegro

Montenegro's Durmitor National Park is shaped by glaciers and cut by numerous rivers. The coniferous forests contain a wealth of endemic flora.

Le parc national de Durmitor au Monténégro

Le parc national de Durmitor au Monténégro

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Geirangerfjord in Norway

In the south of Norway lies the magnificent Geirangerfjord, one of the country's main attractions. The water is emerald blue and the snow-capped mountains are a splendid sight to behold.

Geirangerfjord en Norvège

Geirangerfjord en Norvège

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The Lena Columns Nature Park in Russia

The Lena Columns Nature Park is a magnificent site. The spectacular natural stone columns are almost 100 metres high and run along the course of the River Lena in Russia.

Le parc naturel des colonnes de la Léna en Russie © Victoria Ivanova/123

Le parc naturel des colonnes de la Léna en Russie © Victoria Ivanova/123

The volcanoes of Kamchatka in Russia

This UNESCO World Heritage Site comprises part of a volcano on the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia. These natural highlights trace the geological history of the region.

Les volcans du Kamchatka en Russie

Les volcans du Kamchatka en Russie

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The lagoons of New Caledonia

In the heart of the Pacific Ocean lie the world's most beautiful lagoons. Packed with underwater life, rich and unspoilt, they are a marvel, home to over 350 species of coral and 1,600 species of fish.

Les lagons de Nouvelle-Calédonie

Les lagons de Nouvelle-Calédonie

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Te Wahipounamu in New Zealand

In the south-west of New Zealand, Te Wahipounamu is a resplendent site, lost in the middle of nowhere. It is home to one of the most visited places in New Zealand: Milford Sound fjord.

Te Wahipounamu en Nouvelle-Zélande

Te Wahipounamu en Nouvelle-Zélande

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Phong Nha-Ke Bang in Vietnam

The Phong Nha-Ke Bang site in Vietnam is a remarkable place, with 300 caves featuring spectacular rock formations. It is possible to hike through the 70-kilometre network of galleries.

L'une de grottes du site Phong Nha-Ke Bang au Viêt Nam

L'une de grottes du site Phong Nha-Ke Bang au Viêt Nam

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