France

Waterfalls in France
I love France with its diversity, every region is unique with its own kind of waterfalls. There are two big mountain ranges in France, the Alps and the Pyrenees, with a high density of waterfalls. These are also the regions where you can find the biggest, the tallest and the most beautiful waterfalls of France. Off cause there are also gorgeous waterfalls in other areas, so don’t get me wrong.


European Waterfalls logo def

Map of waterfalls in France



European Waterfalls logo def

Best rated waterfalls in France


Name Region Locations Height # Rating #
Grande cascade de Gavarnie Midi Pyrenees/Haute Pyrenees Gavarnie-Luz Saint sauveur-Lourdes 440 m440
4
Ars, Cascade d’ Midi Pyrenees/Ariege Aulus les Bains-Oust-Foix 246 m246
3.5
Courmes, Cascade de Alpes/Alpes Maritimes Courmes-Gourdon le Bosquet 60 m60
3.5
Druise, Chute de la Rhone Alpes/Drôme Plan de Baix 72 m72
3.5
Oo, Cascade d’ Midi Pyrenees/Haute Garonne Cazeaux de Larboust-Bagneres de Luchon 273 m273
3.5
Lutour, Cascade de Midi Pyrenees/Haute Pyrenees La Raillere-Cauterets-Lourdes 140 m140
3.5
Pont d’Espagne, Cascade Midi Pyrenees/Haute Pyrenees Pont d'Espagne-Cauterets-Lourdes 70 m70
3.5
Ray Pic, Cascade du Rhone Alpes/Ardeche Lachamp Raphael-Mezilhac 35+60 m35
3.5
Rouget, Cascade du Rhone Alpes/Haute Savoie Sixt Fer a Cheval-Samoens 90 m90
3.5
Saint Meme, Cascade Cirque de Rhone Alpes/Savoie Isere St Pierre de Chartreuse 30+50 m30
3.5
Cascade de Sillans Alpes-Cote d'Azur/Var Sillans-la-Cascade-Brignoles / Draguignan 42 m42
3.5
Pisse de Lanchatra, Cascade de la Rhone-Alpses/Isere Saint Christophe en Oisans-Venosc 120 m120
3.5
Angon, Cascade d’ Rhone Alpes/Haute Savoie Talloires-Lac d'Annecy 40 m40
3
Arroudet, Cascade d’ Midi Pyrenees/Haute Pyrenees Gèdre/Gavarnie-Lourdes 60+80 m60
3
Boussès, Cascade de Midi Pyrenees/Haute Pyrenees Cauterets/Pont d'Espagne-Lourdes 15 m15
3
Coeur, Cascade du Midi Pyrenees/Haute Garonne Bagneres de Luchon 90 m90
3
Confolens, Cascade de Rhone Alpes/Drome Le Périer-La Mure 40+50 m40
3
Déroc, Cascade du Languedoc Roussillon/Lozere Montgrousset-Nasbinals 30 m30
3
Enfer, Cascade d’ Midi Pyrenees/Haute Garonne Bagneres de Luchon 70+100 m70
3
Faillitoux, Cascade de Auvergne/Cantal Thiezac 41 m41
3
Fare, Cascade de la Alpes/Isere Vaujany-Grenoble 200+400 m200
3
Garet, Cascade du Midi Pyrenees/Haute Pyrenees Bagneres de Bigorre-La Mongie 58 m58
3
Gimel, Cascades de – Grand saut Limousin/Corrèze Gimle les Cascades - Tulle 45+143 m45
3
Gimel, Cascade de Limousin/Corrèze Gimel les Cascades - Tulle 60-143 m60
3
Gimel, Cascade de – La Redole Limousin/Corrèze Gimel les Cascades - Tulle 38+143 m38
3
Glandieu, Cascade de Rhone Alpes/Ain Glandieu-Saint-Benoît-Chambery 60 m60
3
Herisson-cascade Le Grand Saut Franche Comte/Jura Doucier 60 m60
3
Ilhéou, Cascade d’ Midi Pyrenees/Haute Pyrenees Cirque du Lys-Cauterets-Lourdes 60+80 m60
3
Madeleine, Cascade de Midi Pyrenees/Haute Garonne Cazeaux de Larboust-Bagneres de Luchon 130 m130
3
Piscia di Gallo, Cascade de Corse L'Ospedale-Zonza 60 m60
3
Pisse, Cascade de la (Mizoen) Alpes/Haute Alpes Mizoen 270 m270
3
Pisserotte, Cascade de la Rhone-Alpes/Isere Les Grollets-Saint-Joseph-de-Rivière (Chartreuse) 90 m90
3
Pleureuse, Cascade de la Rhone Alpes/Haute Savoie Sixt Fer a Cheval-Samoens 59 m59
3
Pouey Bacou, Cascade de Midi Pyrenees/Haute Pyrenees Cauterets/Pont d'Espagne-Lourdes 12 m12
3
Queue de Cheval, Cascade de la Franche Comte/Jura Chaumont-Saint Claude 60 m60
3
Sales, Cascade de Rhone Alpes/Haute Savoie Sixt Fer a Cheval-Samoens 30 m30
3
Sauffaz, Cascade de la Rhone Alpes/Haute Savoie Sixt Fer a Cheval-Samoens 30 m30
3
Seythenex, Cascade de Rhone Alpes/Haute Savoie Seythenex 45 m45
3
Tendon, Grande Cascade de Elzas Lotharingen/Vosges Tendon-Le Tholy 32 m32
3
Tufs, Cascade des Franche Comte/Jura Baume les Messieurs-Lons le Saunier 12 m12
3
Gourette, Cascade Pyrénées-Atlantiques Gourette 80+120 m80
3
Pissevieille, Cascade de (Saint-Claude) Haut Jura Saint-Claude 22 m22
3
Pissevache, Cascade de (Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval) Haute Savoie Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval 450 m450
3
Voile de la Mariée, Cascade du Hautes Alpes La Chapelle-en-Valgaudemar/Gioberney 80+120 m80
3
Saut du Moine, Cascade du Rhone Alpes/Haute Savoie Talloires-Lac d'Annecy 50 m50
3
Saillant, Cascade du Auvergne/Cantal Le Saillant-Marcenat 30 m30
3
Saint-Benoît, Cascade Haute-Savoie/Savoie Avrieux 90 m90
3
Chedde, Cascade de Haute Savoie/Savoie Chedde-Passy-Sallanches 65 m65
3
Lastien, Cascade du Pis de Ariege Vallée d'Ossèse-Aulus les Bains 70+90 m70
3
Pisse, Cascade de la (Valjouffrey) Rhone-Alpes/Isere Valjouffrey 100 m100
3
Pisseveille, Cascade de (Vallon pont d’Arc) Rhone-Alpes/Ardeche Vallon du tiourre/Chames-Vallon pont d'Arc 80 m80
3
Ouscouaou, Cascade Pich d’ Midi Pyrenees/Haute Pyrenees Chiroulet-Beaudens-Bagneres de Bigorre 90+170 m90
3
Morel, Cascade du Rhône-Alpes/Savoie Saint Oyen-Moutiers 120 m120
3
Luizet, Cascade de Rhone-Alpes/Ain Benonces-Ordonnaz 100 m100
3
Cerveyrieu, Cascade de Rhone-Alpes/Ain Cerveyrieu-Artemare 60 m60
3
Beaume, Cascade de la Haute Loire Le Brignon 27 m27
3
Clapouse, Cascade de Hautes Alpes Plevoux, L'Argentière-la-Bessée 60-90 m60
3
Meije, Cascade de la Hautes Alpes La Grave, Briancon 90-120 m90
3
Saut de la Pucelle, Cascade Hautes Alpes La Grave, Briancon 50 m50
3
Reculaz, Cascade de la Savoie Le Mollard, Bonneval-sur-Arc 20-30 m20
3
Fraiche, Cascade de la Savoie Pralognan-la-Vanoise 60-150 m60
3
Cascade d’Anterne Rhone Alpes/Haute Savoie Sixt Fer a Cheval-Samoens 80-140 m80
3
Albarine, Chute de l’ Rhone Alpes/Ain Hauteville-Lompnas 115 m115
2.5
Arcouzan, Cascade d’ Midi Pyrenees/Ariège Seix-Oust-Foix 50 m50
2.5
Arizes, Cascade d’ Midi Pyrenees/Haute Pyrenees Artigues-Lourdes-col du Tourmalet 25 m25
2.5
Arpenaz, Cascade de l’ Rhone Alpes/Haute Savoie Sallanches 365 m365
2.5
Berard, Cascade de Rhone Alpes/Haute Savoie Argentiere 20 m20
2.5
Calahoure , Cascade de Midi Pyrenees/Haute Garonne Vallee du Lys-Bagneres de Luchon 20+60 m20
2.5
Coume, Cascade de la Midi Pyrenees/Haute Garonne B. de Luchon 70 m70
2.5
Capèche, Cascade de Midi Pyrenees/Haute Pyrenees Aragnouet-St Lary Louzan-Lannemezan 70+110 m70
2.5
Couz, Cascade de Rhone Alpes/Savoie Saint Cassin-Chambery 50+70 m50
2.5
Échelles, Cascades des Midi Pyrenees/Haute Garonne Lascoux-Castillon en Couserans-Bagneres de Luchon 40+200 m40
2.5
Fouillet, Cascade du Midi Pyrenees/Ariege Aulus les Bains-Oust-Foix 60 m60
2.5
Gorges de Kakouetta, Cascade de Aquitaine/Pyrenees atlantique St Engrace-La Caserne 20 m20
2.5
Herisson-cascade Le Saut Girard Franche Comte/Jura Doucier 35 m35
2.5
Herisson-cascade l’Eventail Franche Comte/Jura Doucier 65 m65
2.5
Lance, Cascade de la Alpes/Haute Provence Colmars les Alpes 25 m25
2.5
Mont Dore, La Grande cascade du Auvergne/Puy de Dome Mont Dore 35 m35
2.5
Murel, Cascades de Limousin/Correze Albussac-Forges-Tulle 13+25 m13
2.5
Muscadet, Cascade du Midi Pyrenees/Haute Garonne Vallee du Riberot-Le Bordes sur Lez-St Girons 150 m150
2.5
Nant d’Ant, Cascade du Rhone Alpes/Haute Savoie Samoëns 25 m25
2.5
Cascade Saut du Caplan Alpes cote d'Azur/Var La Motte 25 m25
2.5
Nideck, Cascade du Alsace/Bas Rhin Oberhaslach 25 m25
2.5
Oulettes d’Ossoue, Cascade Midi Pyrenees/Haute Pyrenees Barrage d'Ossoue-Gavarnie 30 m30
2.5
Oule, Cascade de l’ Alpes/Isère Crolles-Grenoble 270 m270
2.5
Oursiere, Cascade l’ Rhone Alpes/Isere Chamrousse/St Martin d'Uriage-Grenoble 40 m40
2.5
Pisse Vache, Cascade de Franche Comte/Jura Bonbois-Thoirette (Gorges de l'Ain) 30 m30
2.5
Queureuilh, Cascade de Auvergne/Puy de Dome Mont Dore 30 m30
2.5
Ray, Cascade du Alpes Maritimes Vallon de la Gordolasque, Belvédère-St Martin Vesubie 30 m30
2.5
Runes, Cascade de Languedoc Roussillon/Lozere Fraissinet-de-Lozère 46+70 m46
2.5
Salins, Cascade de Auvergne/Cantal Salins 30 m30
2.5
Sartre, Cascade du Auvergne/Cantal Cheylade-Murat 20 m20
2.5
Saut du Doubs, Cascade Franche Comte/Doubs Villers le Lac - Morteau 27 m27
2.5
Sautadet, Cascades du Languedoc Roussillon/Gard La Roque sur Ceze - Orange 5 m5
2.5
Pissou, Cascade du Alpes/Isere La Ferriere-Chambery (Vallee du Haut Breda) 40 m40
2.5
Source du Lison, Cascade la Franche Comte/Jura Nans-Sous-Sainte-Anne 10 m10
2.5
Syratus, Cascade de Franche Comte/Doubs Mouthier Haute Pierre 25+35-55 m25
2.5
Valbois, Cascade de Franche Comte/Doubs Chassagne Saint Denis-Ornans 40 m40
2.5
Vuzelle, Cascade de la Savoie La Novaz-Planay 240 m240
2.5
Combefroide, Cascade de Hautes Alpes La Chapelle-en-Valgaudémar 80 m80
2.5
Froide Pisse, Cascade de la Isere Saint-Christophe-en-Oisans 240 m240
2.5
Herisson-cascade Saut de la Forge Franche Comte/Jura Doucier 10 m10
2.5
Nant Debout, Cascade du Haute Savoie Thones 40 m40
2.5
Saubaudy, Cascade Haute Savoie Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval 80 m80
2.5
Sarenne, Cascade de Hautes Alpes Alpe d'Huez 25 m25
2.5
Louch, Cascade de Alpes Maritimes Isola 135 m135
2.5
Nerech, Cascade de Midi Pyrenees/Haute Garonne Vallee du Riberot-Le Bordes sur Lez-St Girons 60+140 m60
2.5
Tapou, Cascade de Midi Pyrenees/Haute Pyrenees Barrage d'Ossoue-Gavarnie 40+50 m40
2.5
Pisse, Cascade de la (Les Fermonds) Rhone-Alpes/Hautes-Alpes Les Fermonds-Champoléon 40+60 m40
2.5
Pisse, Cascade de la (Ceillac) Rhone-Alpes/Hautes-Alpes Ceillac-Risoul 110 m110
2.5
Flumen, Cascades du Franche Comte/Jura Gorges du Flumen-Saint Claude 20 m20
2.5
Saut du Loup, Cascade du Auvergne/Puy de Dome Mont Dore 20 m20
2.5
Saut du Loup, Cascades du Cote d'Azur/Alpes Maritimes Courmes 10 m10
2.5
Sailhant, Cascade du Auvergne/Cantal Le Sailhant-Andelat-Saint Flour 30 m30
2.5
Cot, Cascade du Midi Pyrenees/Haute Pyrenees Troumouse-Gedre-Lourdes 40 m40
2.5
Baumes, Cascade des Aveyron Saint-Rome-de-Tarn - Milau 25 m25
2.5
Saut du Ray, Cascade Alpes/Alpes-Maritimes Coursegoules 35 m35
2.5
Eilloux, Cascade d’ Ain Eilloux-Corbonod 10 m10
2.5
Aigliere, Cascade d’ Alpes Maritimes Entraunes 80 m80
2.5
Chaumie, Cascade de Alpes de Haute Provence Chaumie Haut, Colmars 25 m25
2.5
Pisson, Cascade du Alpes de Haute Provence Jausiers 20-30 m20
2.5
Pissettes, Cascades les Hautes Alpes Narreyroux 70 m70
2.5
Lavey, Cascade de la Isere Saint-Christophe-en-Oisans 30 m30
2.5
Allières, Cascade d’ Isère Claix 50 m50
2.5
Sompe, Cascade de la Rhone-Alpes/Ardeche Lagorce, Vallon pont d'Arc 6+8 m6
2.5
Juzet de Luchon, cascade Haute-Garonne Juzet de Luchon 40 m40
2.5
Rochecolombe, Cascade Rhone Alpes/Ardeche Rochecolombe, Saint-Maurice-d'Ardèche 0
2.5
Baumicou, cascade de Ardèche Vernon (Sanilhac) 0
2.5
Piche, Cascade de la Alpes de Haute Provence La Combe, Prads Haute Bleone 40 m40
2,5
Cascade de Nyon Haute-Savoie Morzine 10 m10
2
Anglais, Cascade des (Vernet les Bains) Midi Pyrenees/Ariege Vernet les Bains 10 m10
2
Anglais, Cascade des (Vizzavona) Corsica Vizzavona-Vivario 4 m4
2
Bésines, Cascade de Midi Pyrenees/Ariege Mérens les Vals-Ax les Thermes 15 m15
2
Bibet, Cascade de Midi Pyrenees/Ariège Seix-Oust-Foix 30 m30
2
Billaude, Cascade de la Franche Comte/Jura Le Vaudioux-Champagnole 28 m28
2
Bockloch, Cascades du Elzas lotharingen/Vosges Wildenstein- Lac de Kruth Wildenstein 25 m25
2
Ceriset, Cascade du Midi Pyrenees/Haute Pyrenees Cauterets/Pont d'Espagne-Lourdes 15 m15
2
Costeplane, Cascade de Alpes/Haute Provence Le Lauzet Ubaye 40 m40
2
Dechargeux, Cascade du Rhone Alpes/Haute Savoie Sixt Fer a Cheval-Samoens 80 m80
2
Dietrich, Cascade Midi Pyrenees/Ariege Vernet les Bains 25+50 m25
2
Dormillouse, Cascade de Alpes/Haute Alpes Dormillouse-Freissinières 80 m80
2
Esplumouse, Cascade Midi Pyrenees/Haute Pyrenees Cauterets/Gavarnie 90 m90
2
Foncouverte, Cascade de Alpes Cote d'Azur/Hautes Alpes Nevache (Vallee de la Claree )-Briancon 8 m8
2
Gorges de Langouette, Cascades les Franche Comte/Jura Les Planches en montagne 15 m15
2
Gouffre d’Enfer, Cascade en Loire/Rhône-Alpes Planfoy 30 m30
2
Gros Hêtre, Cascade du Midi Pyrenees/Haute Pyrenees Eaux Bonnes-Argeles Gazost-Lourdes 10 m10
2
Jarreux, Cascade des Limousin/Creuse Saint Martin Chateau 8 m8
2
Lassariou, Cascade du Midi Pyrenees/Haute Pyrenees Luz st Sauveur-Lourdes 20 m20
2
Lauze, Cascade de la Midi Pyrenees/Haute Garonne Vallee du Riberot-Le Bordes sur Lez-St Girons 60 m60
2
Liadouze, Cascade de Auvergne/Cantal Valle de Mandailles 12 m12
2
Lozerette, Cascade de Midi Pyrenees/Aveyron Lozerette-Les Bondons-Florac 40 m40
2
Magenta, Cascade de Midi Pyrenees/Haute Pyrenees Vallee de Lesponne/Beaudean-Bagneres de Bigorre 10 m10
2
Mortain, Cascade de Normandie/Manche Mortain 3+20 m3
2
Moulin Marquis, Cascade de Rhone Alpes/Isere Cirque Bournillon-Châtelus 400 m400
2
Lançot, Cascade du Franche Comte/Doubs Cirque de Consolation (Val de Consolation)-Consolation-Maisonnet 47 m47
2
Orgon, Cascade d’ Midi Pyrenees/Aveyron Arphy-Le Vigan 30 m30
2
Pla D’Ailhet, Cascade du Midi Pyrenees/Haute Pyrenees Cirque d'Estaube-Gedre-Lourdes 20 m20
2
Roche, Cascade de la Auvergne/Cantal Cheylade 10 m10
2
Rudlin, Cascade du Elzas lotharingen/Vosges Plainfaing 9 m9
2
Saut Du Nabreil, Cascade Midi Pyrenees/Ariege Mérens les Vals-Ax les Thermes 9 m9
2
Sidonie, Cascade Midi Pyrenees/Haute Garonne Saint Mamet-Bagneres de Luchon 35 m35
2
Soutarra, Cascade de Midi Pyrenees/Haute Pyrenees Bue/Gedre-Luz St Sauveur-Lourdes 70 m70
2
Terrail, Cascade du Midi Pyrenees/Haute Pyrenees Gavarnie-Lourdes 10 m10
2
Vegay, Cascade de Alpes/Alpes Maritimes Aiglun-Roquesteron 90+140 m90
2
Vens, Cascade de Alpes/Alpes Maritimes St Etienne de Tinee 20 m20
2
Casset, Cascade du Hautes Alpes La Chapelle-en-Valgaudémar 150 m150
2
Bas, Cascade d’en Hautes Alpes Saint-Christophe-en-Oisans/Vallee du Veneon 40+60 m40
2
Chapelle d’ Abondance, Cascade la Rhône-Alpes La Chapelle d' Abondance 35 m35
2
Dard, Cascade du Haute Savoie Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval 140+200 m140
2
Darre Splumouse, Cascade Midi Pyrenees/Haute Pyrenees Pont d'Espagne-Cauterets 60 m60
2
Moulin d’Aval, Cascade du Franche Comte/Jura Saint Claude 8 m8
2
Chapeau de Gendarme, Cascade du Franche Comte/Jura Saint Claude 20 m20
2
Rossignolet, Cascade de Auvergne/Puy de Dome Mont Dore 7 m7
2
Doran, Cascade de Rhone Alpes/Haute Savoie Sallanches 50 m50
2
Veyrines, Cascade des Auvergne/Cantal Romaniargues-Allanche 8 m8
2
Matacas, Cascade du Midi Pyrenees/Haute Pyrenees Troumouse-Gedere-Lourdes 40 m40
2
Sept Laux, Cascades des Alps/Isere Vaujany 30 m30
2
Blangy, Cascade de Aisne Hirson 5 m5
2
Piaon, Cascade de Alpes Maritimes Le Piaon, Saint-Vincent, Sospel 5 m5
2
Thiéry, Cascade de Alpes Maritimes Thièry 110 m110
2
Razis, Cascade de Hautes Alpes Crévoux-Embrun 15-30 m15
2
Burgeat, Cascade de Haute Savoie La Gutary-Manigod 20-30 m20
2
Cascade du Voire Servoz, Chamonix 15 m15
2
Cascade de Pisse Vache (Brenthonne) Haute-Savoie Dugny, Brenthonne 25 m25
2
Raffenot, cascade de Franche-Comté Châteauvieux-les-Fossés, Ornans 20 m20
2
Arifat, Cascade d’ Midi Pyrenees/Tarn Arifat - Realmont- Albi 8+80 m8
1.5
Brisecou, Cascade de Bourgogne/Saone et Loire Couhard-Autun 15 m15
1.5
Cornillou, Les cascades de Auvergne/Cantal Cornillou-Condat 5 m5
1.5
Escane Gat, Cascade d’ Midi Pyrenees/Haute Pyrenees Cauterets/Pont d'Espagne-Lourdes 5 m5
1.5
Estrech, Cascade de l’ Alpes Maritimes Vallon de la Gordolasque, Belvédère-St Martin Vesubie 90 m90
1.5
Et Pont Du Pas de L’Ours, Cascade Midi Pyrenees/Haute Pyrenees Cauterets/Pont d'Espagne-Lourdes 4 m4
1.5
Frasnée, Cascade de la Franche Comte/Jura Clairvaux les Lacs 20 m20
1.5
Gorges de Narvau, Cascades des Bourgogne/Nievre Lormes 10 m10
1.5
Labinas, Cascade de Midi Pyrenees/Ariege Etang de Soulcem-Auzat-Tarascon s-'Ariege 20 m20
1.5
Moulines, Cascade de la Limousin/Creuse Anzême 4 m4
1.5
Parisien, Cascade du Midi Pyrenees/Haute Garonne Hospice de France-Bagneres de Luchon 50 m50
1.5
Pech de Bayle, Cascade de Midi Pyrenees/Haute Garonne Pratviel de Salles-Bagneres de Luchon 10 m10
1.5
Roucolle, Cascade de la Cantal/Auvergne Thiezac-Aurillac 5+20 m5
1.5
Rummel, Cascade du Franche Comte/Vosges Lepuix-Giromagny 1+40 m1
1.5
Saut l’Ognon, Cascade le Franche Comte/Haute Saone Servance 14 m14
1.5
Vergnes, Cascade des Midi Pyrenees/Aveyron Albepierre-Bredons 6 m6
1.5
Verniere, Cascade de la Auvergne/Puy de Dome La Bourboule- Mont-Dore-Clermond Ferrand 5 m5
1.5
Captat, Cascade de Auvergne/Cantal Malbo 4 m4
1.5
Piolart, Cascade du Alpes Maritimes Saint Dalmas de Selvage 70 m70
1,5
Alagnon, Cascade de l’ Auvergne/Cantal Laveissiere 7 m7
1
Cau, Cascade de Midi Pyrenees/Haute Garonne Bagneres de Luchon 0
0.5
Saut D’Aygue Longue, Cascade Midi Pyrenees/Ariege Mérens les Vals-Ax les Thermes 0
0.5
Riou Nère, Cascade de Hautes Alpes Aragnouet/ Tunnel Bielsa 80+120 m80
0.5
Ourdegon, Cascade d’ Hautes Pyrenees Bareges/Luz Saint Sauveur 160 m160
0.5

The French word for waterfall is “cascade” or plural “cascades”. Sometimes also “chute” is used in the name of waterfalls in France or Switzerland (which is also partly speak French). If there are multiple waterfalls in a river, the biggest waterfall is often referred as “grande”.

Most of the waterfalls can be found in the mountain chain Alps in eastern France and the Pyrenees in the south of France. The most famous waterfall of France, Grande cascade de Gavarnie is located in the Pyrenees and is also the most beautiful waterfall in France.

The Pyrenees is a mountain chain that forms a natural border between France and Spain and is 490 kilometer long. Although the highest peak in the Pyrenees is only 3.404 meters high (Aneto), there are dozens of peaks above the 3.000 meters and there are still a few glaciers left. Best period to visit the Pyrenees is from late Spring until early Summer. Early in the season the temperatures are rising quickly.

The Alps is a mountain chain that is much bigger and stretches over 1.200 kilometer, only part of it in France. The highest peak is also the most famous peak of Europe, is the Mont Blanc (4.810 meters). There are more waterfalls in the Alps then in the Pyrenees but it is hard to say which are more impressive. Waterfalls in the Alps are located more near each other then in the Pyrenees. Best period to visit the Alps is early summer and around glaciers in summertime.

Besides the Pyrenees and the Alps there are still several areas with mountains with beautiful waterfalls, like on the isle of Corse but also in the middle of France. Or the beautiful Cascade du Ray-Pic near Aubenas, there is enough to explore or to enjoy in France.


European Waterfalls logo def

Biggest waterfalls by volume in France


The biggest waterfall in France is harder to determine. There aren’t any figures know to me about average flow rates of rivers in France. Probably Cascade du Rouget in the Alps is one of the most powerful waterfalls in France.

The beautiful grande cascade de Gavarnie is also a waterfall with an enormous maximum flow rate. It can exceed up to 200 m3/sec. The average annual flow rate is 6 m3/sec.

Maybe cascade d’Ars also belongs to the most powerful waterfall in France. Early summer the flow rate is immense with a flow rate up between 2-8 m3/sec.

There are a few other karstic waterfalls that can burst extremely, but these huge streams are temporarily.


European Waterfalls logo def

Highest waterfalls in France


The highest waterfall in France is the ‘Grande cascade de Gavarnie’ with a total height of 440 meter and a single drop of 281 meters. Late spring and early summer ‘grande cascade de Gavarnie’ is also quite a powerful waterfall. There are several other low volume water drops around cirque de Gavarnie with heights of 800 meter, but those streams are to tiny to be called an official waterfall.

Although ‘grande cascade de Gavarnie’ is commonly excepted as the highest waterfall in France, there are 3 other waterfalls that exceed a total height over 400 meter: Cascade de la Fare, Cascade de Moulin Marquis and Cascade de Pissevache (Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval).

Cascade de l’Arpenaz (Sallanches) is a good fifth highest waterfall of France with a single drop of 270 meter and a total height of 360 meter.

  1. Grande cascade de Gavarnie (440 meter)
  2. Cascade de Pissevache (400+ meter)
  3. Cascade de Moulin Marquis (400+ meter)
  4. Cascade de la Fare (+/- 400 meter)
  5. Cascade de l’Arpenaz (360 meter)

European Waterfalls logo def

Most beautiful waterfalls in France


I have been so many times in France. From when I was young we already went on Holiday to France. The first waterfall I met in France was probably Cascade du Ray-Pic, a gorgeous waterfall formed as a result of volcanic activity.

The waterfall I visited most is probably grande cascade de Gavarnie, the absolute number one most beautiful waterfall in France, according to my personal opinion.  When looking of pictures of the waterfall you will notice how tiny the people in front of the waterfall are. What I also like most is the scenery and the beautiful surrounding.

When doing a search on Internet what the most beautiful waterfall in France is, most of the time Cascade de Sillans will show up.

The waterfall that certainly belong to the most beautiful waterfalls in France is cascade d’Ars with a height of 246 meter. This is a waterfall in the Pyrenees and is located near Aulus les Bains.

  1. Grande cascade de Gavarnie
  2. Cascade de Sillans
  3. Cascade d’Ars
  4. Cascade du Ray-Pic

  • Waterfalls per country