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Top 10 adventure holidays in France

There are so many exciting and thrilling adventure holidays in every corner of France. Whether it’s in the mountains or by the sea, here are the top ten best adventure and outdoor activities you can experience in France.

Mont Blanc Climbing Holiday

This is a fabulous adventure holiday in France – that starts and end in Chamonix and is spread over a week so you can acclimatise, train, and prepare yourself to take on the highest peak in the Alps, at 4810m. An expert guide will lead inexperienced climbers up to the summit, although do note it is very challenging with long days at high altitude and so a strong level of fitness is required.

Cycling On a Glacier

If you love cycling and have a passion for mountain biking then this adventure holiday in France is for you! One of the most popular routes is the Going-to-the-Sun Road. This hard ride climbs 3300 feet over the run of its 32-mile route from the Apgar Visitor Centre to Logan Pass.

Horse Riding

One of the top 10 adventure holidays in France is horse riding – yes it can be done in any country but where else do you have the chance to ride through amazing vineyards in the Provence and enjoy the views of the Atlantic Ocean. There are plenty of Equestrian centres around the country to choose from, that are open all year-round.

Climbing

There is no better way to experience the outdoors of France than climbing. The Alps are much steeper than the Pyrénées, so you have many climbing opportunities. As the French love hiking and climbing, you will find various check points all over the mountains as well as helpful people to assist you.

Skydiving – Paris

Another fabulous adventure that definitely gives you an adrenaline rush! France has drop zones in the west and north of Paris. There are lots of skydiving clubs, with some that offer diverse landscapes such as the Alps, the Pyrénées, or even flying over historical castles.

Skiing

Some of the most exciting ski slopes in the world are found in France, as well as plenty of opportunities for off-piste skiing. There are so many slopes, resorts, mountains, and hills to choose from that you will be spoilt for choice.

Surfing

France has some stunning coastlines. The most glorious waves are to be found more in the west, on the Atlantic Coast. You can choose between the famous town of Biarritz on the Basque coast or Brittany. The currents there are extremely strong, and attract a lot of surfers to the area.

Canyoning

Here in the canyons of France – you can slide down to the caves and follow hidden rivers situated in the mountains and if you are not too tired, perhaps combine it with caving.  There are lots of canyoning clubs in France that will help to make this a fantastic exhilarating adventure.

Canoeing

Canyoning may be a bit too advanced for some people, so why not try canoeing — it is a perfect alternative. It is very popular in France, and many people even have a canoe at home. The very fast rivers in the mountains are perfect for the more experienced, however, there are lots of relaxing sites to choose from, better suited to beginners.

Walk with a Pony, Aquitaine

It may be difficult to get children on a long walk, but if there’s a little pony trotting beside them, it’s totally different! In the Béarn des Gaves region, bordering the Basque country, you can hire a native Pottok pony to carry your bags whilst you walk along signposted paths, stopping off for picnic lunches and staying overnight at farmhouses.