From mountain villages to crystal clear coastal waters, there is a corner of France and a walking holiday to suit every taste, and don't forget to round off your trip with a glass of France's most famous export from your region's vineyards. Bon vacances!
Walking holidays in France are the ideal way to experience the sophisticated culture and joie de vivre of the French Republic. Our walks in France are spread all over the country, from sampling rural France at its best, hiking in Dordogne or trekking in the Alps on the classic walk Tour du Mont Blanc. There is no better way to experience fine French food and wine than walking in Burgundy while exploring Provence on foot is the ideal way to immerse yourself in the relaxed pace of French life.
The French capital Paris offers a gateway for many of our walking holidays in France. Romantic Paris, the City of Love, is a great city to explore for a few days before your walking adventure begins. Sip wine in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, gaze at the vast art collections of the Louvre Museum or visit Sacre Cour, Montmartre, Jardin de Luxembourg and Notre Dame, one of the most beautiful Gothic Cathedrals in the world.
France is much more than Paris itself. Each French region has its own character, and holidays in France can offer anything you want on an active vacation. The country changed its regional structure in 2016, and mainland France now consists of 13 metropolitan regions (plus 5 overseas territories), which are divided into smaller départements. Each French region has a proud and unique heritage, offering holiday makers a variety of experiences, from Alps to Riviera, from the beaches of Normandy to the vineyards of Burgundy and Bordeaux. A walking holiday in France is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of each of these regions.
The South of France, often known just as ‘Le Midi’, stretches from Nice and Cannes to Provence and Languedoc, and with the southern parts of Rhone-Alpes. Southern France is synonymous with stylish French culture on the Cote d’Azur and the French Riviera, which plays host to the Cannes Film Festival, chic Mediterranean beaches and the playground of the rich and famous in Monaco. Surrounding this glitz and glamour is the uniquely French region of Provence, famed for its cuisine, lavender fields and relaxed way of life. We have a multitude of walking holidays in Provence to help you explore this region at your own pace.
The Dordogne region lies in South West France and is roughly equivalent to the former region of Perigord, which the French often still call this gem. Dordogne, with its administrative centre of Périgueux, is a delight, offering the keen hiker and holiday maker beautiful vistas with hilltop chateaux, woodland forests and prehistoric caves. It represents the very best of rural France and walking through the Dordogne countryside lets you discover the unspoilt, medieval cities and postcard-perfect rural landscapes.
Brittany represents the strong Gallic side of France. Brittany, or Bretagne in French, is a popular destination for British and American tourists, located in the French northwest, just across the English Channel from the UK. The standing stones at Carnac, Perros-Guirec with its pink granite, the stunning city of Vannes and amazing beaches are all compounded by the vibrant Breton culture. Neighbouring Normandy, another hugely popular holiday destination, is the proud owner of the unmistakable town of Mont Saint Michel. This incredible Romanesque town is one of the great icons of France, and many tourists flock here to see the unique sight of the French city on the water.
There are many classic walking holidays in France, and several cross between regions, giving you a full and varied experience of French landscapes and culture. The famous Stevenson’s Trail takes you through Auvergne and Languedoc-Roussillon following the famous journey that Scottish author and the man behind ‘Treasure Island’, Robert Louis Stevenson set out on in 1878. For the spiritual walker, the French Camino, Camino Le Puy joins up with the famous Camino de Santiago but starts in the heart of France. This incredible journey crosses through historic landscapes in France to meet the Camino at the Spanish border.
Mountain Regions in France
Hiking the French Alps is a dream for many. The natural beauty of the Alps is almost indescribable, and France has some of the best mountain holiday destinations available.
Taking a walking holiday in the Alps is by far the best way to discover the area, and on our self-guided walks, you can explore at your own pace. Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the world’s great walks, and a holiday we can strongly recommend. Challenging and rewarding hikes, fantastic food and drink, sleeping in huts jotted along the scenic trails that traverse France, Switzerland and Italy – the TMB is a hiking holiday dream come true. There are many variations available, and this classic alpine walking trip is not the only way to discover the French Alps and the mountains of France on foot.
The Pyrenees are found on the French/Spanish border, and these remarkable mountains are also renowned for being a brilliant walking destination. There are many ways to explore the Pyrenees, and we can help you discover the beauty of these massifs on foot. Hiking the Camino le Puy will see you walk into the Pyrenees to mark the end of this epic walking trail.
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