Adventure of the Week, Cycling, Discovery, Walking

Hotspots for adventure in France

14 Jul , 2017  

France offers a country of diverse terrains, from valleys to mountains, and a fabulous coastline. Discover some of the best places for enjoying an adventure.

Walk up the Eiffel Tower, or cycle underneath it.

Eiffel Tower

Of course, you can take the lift up to the top of the famous 324m Eiffel Tower in Paris but for more of an adventure why not walk up? Alternatively, you could cycle beneath it or take a helicopter ride over it.

Cycle to Mont St Michel and walk the sands to the abbey-island.

Mont St Michel

The dramatic abbey-island of Mont St Michel in Normandy. Mont St-Michel boasts both legend and history and can be reached by bike on the long-distance Veloscenic route from the French capital. Rather than wander the crowded streets (in summer), why not join a guided hike across the causeway sands to look up at the beautiful island?

Chateau and gardens of villandry

The Loire Valley Chateau and gardens of Villandry are well worth a visit.

Loire Valley

Best known as the “Garden of France” and the “Land of Castles” offers a chance to visit fine historical buildings and see an array of stunning landscaping. There is also the river, which gives its name to the valley, to enjoy as it flows for 1000km into the Atlantic Ocean. You can enjoy a range of cycling holidays in the Loire, in particular Cycling the Chateaux of the Loire, and many Loire Valley walking tours, too.

Chamonix

Chamonix

Chamonix is a hub for adventure, all year round.

The adventure town of Chamonix, located high in the French Alps, is a dream destination for adventurers. In winter, there are many small resorts to ski situated close to the town and also the famous Vallée Blanche, a 20km off -piste descent from the Aiguille du Midi to Chamonix.

In summer, you take a small plane ride over the stunning glaciers of Mont Blanc, go tandem paragliding amid the high peaks or enjoy a long distance walk or mountain bike ride. Find a Tour de Mont Blanc walking holiday to suit you.

Hike a sand dune and slide down on a sandboard.

The Dune du Pilat

This is Europe’s largest sand dune and also includes the Banc d’Arguin bird reserve and Cap Ferret across the bay. You could cycle to the dune from Arcachon, go sandboarding on the dune or try a sport of surfing in the Atlantic sea.

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One of our tour development team, Sally makes sure she gets to know each destination’s food and drink culture thoroughly!

A boozy marathon

The Marathon du Medoc is quite different to other marathons. The normal refreshments of water and sports drinks are replaced by local wines. It’s all about having run while running and competitors enjoy the chance to combine running with a local tipple.

As a slower-paced alternative, why not visit some of France’s famous wine regions on a relaxing cycling or walking holiday. Check out Food, wine and gourmet holidays in France. You might like to think about other wine regions, such as a walking holiday in Bordeaux or how about a cycling holiday in Burgundy?

Calanques de Cassis

Calanques de Cassis

Cliff jumping from the Calanques

The stunning limestone cliffs of Calanques plunge straight into the Mediterranean Sea and connect Marseille to Cassis. Many people enjoy walking the clifftops, but they are also famous as a spot for cliff jumping (not a sport we recommend you try by yourself without the support of a specialist activity company!).

 

Biarritz for surfing.

Surfing in the south

The south of France is a hotspot location for surfers. Many of the best spots are close to the city of Biarritz. There are at least six large beaches to choose from.

Views down to Nice

The Three Corniches

The Three Corniches in Nice are a series of three dramatic coastal roads, each one higher and more tightly hairpinned than the next. Many people drive this road for superb views but for a more amazing experience, why not go by bike?

Pont du Gard

Pont du Gard

Canoe under the Pont du Gard

The Pont du Gard is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located near Nîmes in Provence, southern France. It is vast, with 35 arches that straddle the Roman aqueduct’s 275m-long upper tier, containing a watercourse that was designed to carry 20,000 cubic metres of water per day.

You can savour the full and fabulous view of the Pont du Gard from a canoe on the River Gard. Or how about a cycle tour from Saint Remy to Pont du Gard

Walk or cycle between French hilltop villages.

Hike “villages perchés”

Southern France’s wonderful villages perches (hilltop villages) should be savoured on foot or by bicycle. Many of these villages are medieval and once reached they offer many happy hours of wandering via cobbled lanes and quiet alleyways. Why not walk the Hilltop Villages of the Dordogne or cycle through Dordogne?

Enjoy your adventures, whatever you decide to do, in France this summer.

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A journalist, web copywriter blogger and social media chatterbox, Fiona combines her love of the outdoors – especially Scotland – with a diverse freelance work life. If she's not at her desk writing about the outdoors, she'll be outside cycling, running, kayaking, snowboarding and walking Munros. She shares her outdoors passion with partner, the G-Force. Sometimes her teenage daughter Little Miss Outdoors tags along, too.