Best hiking spots in France

Pont du Gard, Languedoc

Welcome to France Wanderer! Every week, Jean Pierre, Alice and myself will tell you about the best travel destinations in France, and what you can do there. Our first post is a special present for every travelers who doesn’t mind a bit of sweat and effort in order to see some of the most beautiful sceneries in the country. France is a paradise for hikers – there are so many excellent hiking spots that it’s impossible to list them all! Whether you prefer your landscape rugged and full of cliffs, lush forests or maybe some green rolling hills, you can find a bit of everything in the Hexagon. So here are the best hiking spots in France, enjoy them!

The Maritime Alps

photo by Patrick Rouzet

The Maritime Alps are located in the south-western region of the Alps, on the border between Alpes-Maritimes and Cuneo province in Italy. There are several options for hiking trails if you visit this region. If you are more interested in nature, flora and fauna, you should visit the Mercantour National Park, one of the most picturesque corners of the country, with over 600 km of marked footpaths and lots of tiny villages where you can stop for snacks. Alternately, you can visit the area around ski resorts, they are beautiful any time of the year!

Auverge

Auverge is the largest volcanic region in Europe, so if you want to see some amazing scenery as well as visit some pretty villages, Auverge is the perfect destination for you. Auverge is famous for its fascinating Romanesque churches, but the natural beauty of the region is just as attractive: green fields, lakes, forests and extinct volcanoes. Puy-de-dome is a great spot, it has beautiful rock formations and you  might even spot some eagles and other wildlife.

Mont Ventoux

Mont Ventoux is located in the  Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azure department, and it is widely known to be a hiker’s paradise. Ventoux itself is the name of a small mountain in the Lubéron area, and it is famous for being one of the most difficult areas of the Tour de France. In addition to being criss-crossed by great hiking trails, the region is also known for its excellent local wines.

Languedoc

Mysterious Languedoc has over 6000 km of hiking trails that will take you through some of the most magical places in France: gorges, valleys, rolling hillsides, vineyards, ancient villages and ruined castles. And these beautiful places can be seen all year round, except for some of the higher mountain paths. Indeed, some of the best hiking spots in France can be found here – take the Stevenson Way for example, which was walked by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1878, and which served as a basis for his book “Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes”.

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