If you are an outdoorsy type of a person, there are lots you can do to enjoy yourself in France this summer. Read on for the top 10 activities that draw millions of tourists every year from across the globe.
Cycling in Normandy
Take a cycling break in Normandy. Choose from Dieppe for a wonderful coastal view, or Caen for a tour of the D-Day resorts and beaches, or Cherbourg for exploring the Cotentin in all its isolation.
Horse riding in the Seine Valley
Riders and horses can enjoy accommodation in the twenty plus guesthouses and farms along the long-distance trails of Normandy. 2014 saw the unveiling of new routes that include a beautiful Seine Valley meander 77 km long, and also the William the Conqueror route which is 200 km long.
Sailing in Brittany
If you are looking forward to learning to sail, the Breton coast is a superb place. You’ll find lots of sailing schools here; just pick one of your choice. Enjoy the life on water for a full day on the Krog E Barz. Take the helm or hoist the mainsail on daily summer picnic outings to the Hoëdic or Houat island.
Walking in the Languedoc
Are you a walking enthusiast? Then you have loads of possibilities, but I would suggest going up to the Massif Central’s south end, to the Cévennes hills and the Lozère department. This wild stretch is gorgeous, and has a hard history and a rugged geography. It is also more granitic, more accessible, and more rounded than mightier French mountains.
Pedalling on the Canal du Midi
The Canal du Midi offers the relative flat of its banks to pedalling enthusiasts. Pass through and appreciate your surroundings and the lovely scenery around. Travel along the canal, self-guided, from Carcassonne, down to Narbonne, back to Béziers and finally to Sète. On the way, you will encounter fine vine countryside.
Hiking, biking, climbing, riding in Roya Valley, Provence
The hyper-active would be the happiest in Provence, where riding, climbing, biking, hiking, and hurling oneself about in water are the easiest thing to do. The Roya valley is one of the best sites here, towards the Italian border and rising behind Nice.
Family fun, Dordogne
The Dordogne is the best of the regions in France suited to activity-driven family holidays. Gentle paddling along the Dordogne River in a canoe, high-octane kayaking, pedalling through vineyards, or hiking between cliff-top chateaux – kids and parents of all ages would be enamoured by this rural region in south-west France.
Walking the vineyards of Burgundy
Most tourists would rank this as one of the world’s most enjoyable holiday activities – a gentle hike burning some calories off so you can indulge in fine wine every evening. As you go through world-famous vineyards of Southern Burgundy, you get to visit Gevrey-Chambertin, Meursault, Aloxe Corton, and many more.