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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (www.snowtrex.us).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).