Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower
Top contributor BeemFlights created this magnificent drone video of Paris, the great French capital. The video alternates between the two most iconic sites in the City of Light: the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame de Paris, otherwise known as Notre Dame Cathedral. The latter, which is one of the world's most well known churches, caught fire on April 15, 2019 and was badly damaged. Located on the Île de la Cité in the River Seine, the 13th century Gothic landmark is one of France's greatest cultural treasures.
Mont St. Michel: France's Cultural Gem
Mont St. Michel is an island off the coast of northwestern France. It is situated near the mouth of the Couesnon River, which forms the border between Normandy and Brittany. The monastery which dominates the island, built in the 8th century, is one of the most widely recognized historical sites in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Contributor Freeway Prod, one of France's the top drone piloting firms, treats us to an aerial tour of this magnificent place.
Chambord: Famous Castle of France
Chateau Chambord, which sits in the Loire River Valley of France, is frequently considered to be the greatest castle in the country. It was constructed in the 16th century as a hunting lodge for the French King Francis I, although it was never completed. Top contributor Freeway Prod shot drone footage of Chambord for a national French TV show. Prepare to be amazed by the bird's eye views of this French Renaissance architectural marvel, one of the Loire Valley's top tourist destinations.
Aerial Tour of Brittany
For a bird's eye view of the Brittany region of northwestern France, it's hard to beat this video by contributor Lewieque. Shot with a Mavic Pro drone, the video features footage from across the Breton Peninsula, which is the heart of the region. With epic shots of the province's famous rocky shorelines, bridges, and the ancient city of Brest at its western extreme, it will give you a flavor of this distinctive Celtic region, one of the important building blocks of modern France.
South of France by Mavic Air
DRone used a DJI Mavic Air drone to create this magnificent video of Southern France. The country's long Mediterranean coastline includes some of the most desirable spots in Europe, some of which you'll see hear from a bird's eye perspective. The video features footage of the Côte d'Azur (the French Riviera, or eastern stretch of the coast, some spots in inland Provence, as well as some epic bird's eye views of Porquerolles (an island off the Riviera). It was filmed in July, 2018.
Brittany's Cape Frehel
Top contributor Amaury Descours flew a drone over a cape of Brittany in northwestern France to create this amazing video. Cape Frehel lies on the northern side of the Breton Peninsula, in the Côtes-d'Armor department. This is a remote slice of Brittany; the peninsula itself is uninhabited but for two adjacent lighthouses, both of which can be seen in the video. The shorter lighthouse was built in the 17th century while the taller one dates to the mid-20th century.
Villandry: Famous Chateau Gardens
In connection with a French TV show, top contributor Freeway Prod created this magnificent drone video of the gardens of the Château de Villandry. The chateau is one of the more well known landmarks in the Loire River Valley of central France, and is particularly well known for its magnificent gardens. It was built in the early 1500's on the ruins of an older structure. The chateau is located just outside the Parc naturel régional Loire-Anjou-Touraine, in the Indre-et-Loire department.
Flying over the Cote d'Azur
While there is no universally agreed upon definition, the French Riviera (Cote d'Azur) is generally defined as the Mediterranean coastline of the southeastern corner of France. The Cote d'Azur lies within the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, which extends northward into the Alps. French RC used a DJI Phantom 3 Pro drone to create this spectacular aerial tour of the French Riviera, the super-rich playground which was the world's first vacation destination.
Chenonceau: Jewel of the Loire Valley
In this video, Drone-pictures gives us a beautiful bird's eye view of the magnificent Chateau Chenenceau. Situated in the heart of the Loire River Valley of west-central France, Chenenceau is considered one of the world's greatest Rennaissance castles. The current structure dates to the 15th century. It took much of its current shape in the 16th century, after the French King Henry II gave it to his mistress. It is has had a protected landmark status since the mid-1800's.
France's Basque Country
The Basque people of southwestern Europe have a highly distinct culture, which evolved in partial isolation from those of neighbors Spain and France by virtue of unusual geographical factors. While the heart of the region is in northern Spain, a portion reaches into southwestern France. Cabaye created this beautiful aerial video of the French portion of Basque Country, on the Bay of Biscay. The video includes footage of Hendaye, Artzamendi, Rhune, and Biarritz.
Aerial Tour of Alpes-Maritimes
Miles of gorgeous coastline, vibrant blue waters, medieval cities and the consistently mild weather are the reasons why the French Riviera is such a popular travel destination, particularly for those with unlimited means. TheAstralPilot captures all of the beauty this region has to offer in this drone video, which includes aerial footage of Chateau Germaine and the stunning Alpes-Maritimes villages of Bouyon and Le Broc. Enjoy the spectacular views of the famed Côte d'Azur!
Chamonix: Shadow of Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc, in the French Alps, is the highest mountain peak of France, as well as the highest in the entire Alps system. Its peak is 4.8k meters (just under 15.8k ft.) above sea level. Chamonix is a small village located in the shadow of the great mountain. It was the site of the first Winter Olympics in 1924, the first of three held in the French Alps. DroneAlps, one of the top French drone piloting companies, found the perfect sunny day to capture this quaint Alpine paradise under a fresh coat of snow.
Sisteron: Fortress of the French Alps
Top contributor Freeway Prod used a DJI Inspire 2 drone to create this stunning aerial video of the Citadel de Sisteron, a very well known fortification in the foothills of the French Alps. The town of Sisteron is located in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department, which is just to the south of the Hautes-Alpes department in the heart of the French Alps. The citadel was built to take advantage of Sisteron's strategic location in the middle of a gap between two mountain ridges.
Verdon Gorge: France's Grand Canyon
The Dronetrip has graced AirVuz with a stunning bird's eye look Verdon Gorge in southeastern France. The canyon runs up to 700 meters deep (about 2.4k ft) for a length of about 25 km (40 mi) in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. Formed by a Durance River tributary, it's considered one of the most stunning canyons in Europe if not the world. In this video, Dronetrip's DJI Mavic Pro drone beautifully captures this amazing natural marvel which is sometimes called the Grand Canyon of Europe.
Finistere: France's "End of the World"
Contributor Thibault Poriel created this amazing drone video of the most extreme western part of France. At the tip of the peninsula of Brittany in northwestern France is a small department called Finistere. It roughly translates to "End of the World", and when seen on a map of France one can understand why. The video features bird's eye views of the spectacular rock formations of Finistere, which is also home to the famous seafaring town of Brest.
Lyon: France's Second City
In this video, contributor Lyon Drone Services gives us a fantastic aerial look at the French city of Lyon. While the city proper is the third largest in the country, counting the metropolitan populations it's effectively the country's second city after Paris. It's the capital of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, which covers much of east-central France. Built on the site of an ancient Roman refugee settlement, the city is home to many of France's high tech companies.
Normandy's White Cliffs of Etratat
AVEA - Alta Epic Aerials created this stunning drone video of one of a site which played a key part in one of France's greatest mysteries. Étretat is a small community on Normandy's Atlantic Coast. In May, 1927, a plane called the White Bird took off from Étretat bound for New York. The plane, piloted by two famous French World War I aces, disappeared without a trace and has never been found. They had been seeking the Orteig prize, which was awarded to the USA's Charles Lindbergh weeks later.
Above the Aguille du Midi
The Aguile du Midi is probably France's best known mountain, after its neighbor Mt. Blanc. Unlike Mt. Blanc though, the Aguile du Midi peak is served by a cable car, the world's highest. The cablecar's top station has become one of the most iconic sites of the Alps. At an altitude of 3.8k meters (about 12.6k ft.), its panoramic views are matchless. That is, until you could circle the peak itself, via a drone. That's what dronealps did in this amazing 360 aerial of the great peak.
Corsica: Birthplace of Napoleon
Contributor C. Oberschneider used a DJI Phantom 4 drone to create this stunning aerial tour of Corsica, the great French island in the Mediterranean. The island reflects a blend of Italian and French cultures, which is a function of its history: the island was a territory of Genoa for almost five hundred years beginning in the late 13th century. In the video, you'll get a good overview of the island, including some of its towns, its famously rocky coastline, and its beautiful mountainous interior.
Auvergne: In the Center of France
Auvergne is an area of Central France. Historically an official region, a few years ago it was consolidated with the region to its east to form the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. With few large cities, it is one of the most under-populated areas of France. While the region has a storied history dating to the Antiquity, what it is perhaps best known for now is its dormant volcanoes. Contributor My Way gives us an aerial tour of this region in the heart of France.
The Vast Suburbs of Paris
While Paris is without doubt one of the world's greatest cities, the population living within its actual city limits is actually quite modest - only about 2.1 million as of 2019. What puts Paris in the front rank of the world's cities is the enormous population of the metropolitan area - over 12 million in the Île-de-France region of which it is the center. In this drone video by top contributor Etienne Lehuédé, you'll get an aerial glimpse of this vast suburban sea, home to 10 million souls.
La Défense: Modern District of Paris
Top contributor Etienne Lehuede used a DJI Phantom 3 drone to create this amazing bird's eye view of the Paris La Defense district. This is a modern downtown district which was built west of the Paris city limits beginning in the late 1950's. Its buildings serve as corporate headquarters to some of the largest companies in France. The view of its skyscrapers beyond the "traditional" Paris landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower is one of the most iconic sights in France.
Magnificent Cathedral of Marseille
Contributor CHDTNBN created this beautiful drone video of the Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure, one of the most well known landmark in the largest city of Southern France. It was constructed in the mid-19th century, on the ruins of a church on the same site which had dated to the 12th century. The port city of Marseille is the capital of the Bouches-du-Rhône district. It is the second largest city proper in France, and as a metropolitan area it's third after Paris and Lyon.
Bordeaux: French Atlantic Port City
This aerial video of Bordeaux, France was created by Morgo87 using a DJI Mavic Pro drone. In addition to being the unofficial wine capital of the world, Bordeaux is the largest city in southwestern France and the center of its sixth largest metropolitan area overall. It is situated in the Garonne department, which is part of the giant Nouvelle Aquitaine region. Bordeaux lies near the mouth of the Garonne River, the most important river in southwestern France.
The Foothills of the French Alps
Top contributor Zimy da Kid took a drone along on a hike into the French Prealps. These are essentially "mini Alps" which lie to the west of the "real" French and Swiss Alps. It's actually a series of ranges, including the Chartreuse and Vercor Mountains. With modest elevations, they are generally accessible without climbing equipment. In this video, you'll get a bird's eye view of this epic hiking trip as they walk to the top of Grand Veymont, which at 2.3k meters (7.7k ft) is the highest peak in this range.
Paris: City of Light
Paris, the city of love, is so rich in culture and world-famous attractions that we can see why it’s one of the world's most visited destinations. Contributor titipuerh has been flying his DJI Inspire 1 drone in and around Paris for a few years. He put together this amazing compilation video of his flights around the French capital. You will be treated to bird's eye views of the Eiffel Tower, the Seine River, Notre Dame, the bridges of the Seine, the modern La Défense District, and more!
The Jura Mountains
Contrary to what is sometimes believed, the Jura Mountains of France and Switzerland are not part of the Alps Mountains system. Lying to the north of the Alps, most of the Jura peaks are in the Franche-Comte region of east-central France. The highest peaks in the range rise to modest 1.7k meters (about 5.6k ft.). Nevertheless, as you'll see in this drone video by top contributor Etienne Lehuede, the Jura's offer some spectacular visual scenery.
Paris: Arc de Triomph
Sphereview created this magnificent bird's eye view of the Arc de Triomphe in central Paris, one of the most iconic sites of Europe. It anchors the western end of the Champs-Élysées, the French capital's most important roadway. It was built as a memorial to France's war dead in the Napoleonic Wars, and its Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is the country's greatest memorial for its World War I dead. The Arc was used as the filming location for a key scene in the 2018 film Mission Impossible: Fallout.
France Compilation Video
France is one of the world's top tourist destinations and drone pilots have been traveling there to capture its sights. AirVuz put together a drone video compilation, narrowing down the top reasons you should visit. Drone footage of paris shows it world famous art and architecture. The glittering blue water of the French Riviera is an obvious attraction for all tourists. And the French Alps have mountain views that will certainly take your breath away. Ready to book your trip to France?
Profile of Freeway Prod
On this episode of The Drone Dish, host Tyler Mason chats with Mike Gisselere (AirVūz Profile: freeway prod), a top French aerial videographer who currently lives in Canada. He and his team at Freeway Productions have done some of the most technically demanding aerial filming work ever done in France, including coverage of the Tour de France. Their videos of the epic Tour, Mont St. Michel, the Gardens of Villandry, are well represented in the AirVuz France collection.