The Best Outdoor Activities in France

Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.

Backpacking Tour du Mont Blanc

France / Les Houches Trailhead

Starting from Geneva, you can take a shuttle to Chamonix and then to the trailhead in Les Houches.

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Explore Paris’ Wall of Love (Le mur des je t'aime)

France / Le mur des je t'aime, Paris, France

Located in the Montmarte district of Paris, the Wall of Love--or as the French call it Le mur des je t'aime--is an off-the-beaten-path place to explore.

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Hike to Signal des Voirons

France / Signal des Voirons Trailhead

Begin at the marked path to the right of the parking lot, near the monastery. The trail is steep at first, but this lasts only for a few meters, in the undergrowth.

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Climb the Aiguille du Midi-Plan Traverse

France / Aiguille du Midi Station

The Aiguille du Midi Cable Car is the #1 tourist destination in the world’s capital for extreme sports, Chamonix.

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Explore Rue Crémieux

France / Rue Crémieux

A street so small and non-descript that unless you plan to visit it or stumble onto it, is something that could be easily missed.

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Hike to Lac La Plagne in the French Alps

France / Lac de la Plagne Trailhead

This beautiful hike features ribbon and horse tail waterfalls backdropped behind wildflowers and grazing dairy cows along the creek descending the mountain.

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Climb Via Corda Alpina

France / Via Corda Alpina

Whether you choose to move together or pitch the route, this is incredibly fun and a spectacular journey.

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Bike along the Canal de la Marne a l'Aisne between Reims and Sillery

France / Canal de la Marne a l'Aisne, Reims

There is nothing as romantic as a slow bike along a canal in rural France. If you talk to your hotel, guest house or AirBnB, they should be able to help you rent a bike.

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Explore the Cliffs of Étretat

France / Rue de Dr de Miramont

Étretat is a small tourist and farming town on the coast of Normandy, best known for its coastal cliffs.

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Photograph the Lavender fields of Plateau de Valensole

France / Valensole Lavender Fields

Ideal for a day trip or a series of little hikes throughout various fields, the Plateau de Valensole is located in the Provence region of France.

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Ski or Snowboard Chamrousse

France / Chamrousse Ski Area

Starting point is the little tourist-village where you can rent apartments for 2 up to 10 persons ("Le Domaine de l'Aselle") via SnowTrex (

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Snowshoe the Cormet de Roselend

France / Crossroads of D925 and Les Cernix

The Roselend mountain pass is known in the cycling world for being part of the Tour de France, but in the winter it is essentially deserted.

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Hike La Pointe de Dinan, Bretagne

France / La Pointe de Dinan Trail

An easy walk through and all around "La pointe". It's a loop that you can do in both ways. Just follow the tracks. It will take half an hour to do the circle.

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Road Bike from Chamonix to Col des Montets

France / Road D1506 out of Chamonix

This classic cycling destination out of Chamonix Valley is perfect for reasonably fit people looking to summit a mountain pass on wheels.

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Hike and Camp La Tournette

France / Chalet de l'Aulp

It is at the place called Chalet de l'Aulp (1424 m) that we began this walk. This is after the tarmac road terminus.

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Explore the Le Brévent Summit Alpine Area

France / Le Brevent Cable Car

Begin this hike by either making the 3.5 hour hike from the town of Chamonix to the top of Le Brévent (roughly 4,900 ft gain), or take the Brévent cable car to the top.(31€ roundtrip).

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Kitesurf at Beauduc Beach in the Camargue National Park

France / Beauduc Beach

The road to Beauduc plage is already an adventure by itself, most of the navigation systems are getting lost.

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Climb the Aiguilles Crochues Traverse

France / Flegere Cable Car

The valley of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc is most well known for the mountain it’s named after, Western Europe’s highest peak.

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Hike Cirque de Gavarnie

France / Cirque de Gavarnie Trailhead

Hidden among the many villages of the French Pyrenees is an amazing region of hiking trails, the most popular sight including the largest waterfall in Europe in a crescent-like shelter of gray, purpl.

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