Whether it is your first or fifth trip to France, it is no surprise that you will always find different and exciting adventures to embark on.
There are plenty of ways to explore the French side of Basque Country, but nothing compares to the thrill of surfing. Surfers of all skill levels will enjoy the popular Biarritz, Cote des Basques’ surf spot. It has been the home to Euro-surfing since 1957. Some other great surf spots in Basque Country include La Barre, Plage des Basque, and Chambre d’Amour.
Known as the best bouldering destination in Europe, and possibly the world, Fontainebleau is an area home to 100 different and unique circuits which are suitable for every level of rock climber. Corsica is another famous bouldering and rock climbing destination. Climbers will enjoy plenty of beautiful bolted rock to climb and the option to choose from single and multi-pitch routes.
Trekking rarely gets much better than this superb and spectacular path that unwinds around the Mont Blanc massif. Your reward by completing the 104-mile trail in about 3-4 days is seeing the most jaw-dropping and stunning panoramas of mountains and glaciers in Italy, Switzerland and France. This is one of the most talked about long-distance treks in all of Europe and it’s certainly an adventure of a lifetime.
Alpe d'Huez is one of the top climbs of the Tour de France. The route is known as the Dutch mountain. This has mainly to do with the many Dutch riders who won a Tour stage, according to Climb by Bike. There are 21 hairpin bends along the climb. Starting from Bourg d'Oisans, the Alpe d'Huez ascent is 8.2 miles long, with an average gradient of 8.1 percent. The maximum slope is 13 percent.
The ski season in this French resort lasts for six months. It usually gets about 32 feet of snow. January is when the commune gets the most powder. The ice climbing season is in full swing and the cross-country ski tracks open. With more vertical than Revelstoke and Whiteface stacked on top of each other, Chamonix is the world’s tallest (9,085 feet). Walking in the winter here feels like you’re in a wonderland. Other popular activities include fat biking, biathlon, heli-skiing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and hot air ballooning (yes, above the snow).
Known as Europe’s cleanest lake, Lac d’Annecy is the third largest lake in France. Other than swimming in the lake, it’s a popular tourist destination known for its vast amount of pools and beaches. Some of the most famous swimming spots include the pool of Marquisats, Pool Jean Regis of Fins, Albigny Beach, and Imperial Beach.
France is known for its unique diversity of landscapes. The region offers spectacular hiking and scenic walking opportunities. The Bassin d’Arcachon, located in southwest France, offers an inspiring coastal walk for pedestrians. Visitors enjoy it for its incredible views and birdwatching opportunities. Another popular tourist attraction, a protected reserve, the Dune du Pilat, offers breathtaking nature walks.