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.

Drew Robinson
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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.

Emilie C.
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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.

Michael Gabbert
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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.

Sophie Nicholson
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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.

Joe Tobiason
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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.

Michael Gabbert
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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.

Thomas Ostapchuk
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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.

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 (

Lars Krafft
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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.

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.

Rachel Davidson
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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.

Rachel Davidson
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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.

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.

Rachel Davidson
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