You might find it hard to reconcile wild Lozère, scattered with standing stones and dolmens, with your idea of France's landscapes.
The best ways to get a real feel for the area include hiking to Mont Lozère, kayaking down the Gorges du Tarn, walking in the heights of the Parc National des Cévennes or exploring the underground caves of Aven Armand and the Grotte de Dargilan.
You will notice that here, the stone has a unique charm, which has been reprised in the towns and villages. Visit Mende and its cathedral, the medieval city of Ste-Énimie or the peaceful towns with narrow streets.
This may be the least populated département in France, but it is home to - and protects - numerous species of animal, such as wolves in the Parc de St-Léger-de-Peyre and vultures in the Gorges de la Jonte.