The best climbing spots in France

France is a country full of superb places to enjoy climbing. The Verdon, the Calanques of Cassis, the Ecrins or even Corsica, so many places that one never discovers as well as cramped on a cliff one summer evening. 

Here is an overview of the best climbing sites in France, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned climber. 

Les calanques de Cassis, climbing with your feet in the water

With about 2000 equipped routes, the site of the calanques of Cassis is a must for someone who wants to progress or just to learn climbing. Climbing all day long and then refreshing yourself in the Mediterranean Sea is a real treat! Almost all climbing difficulties are present, and depending on the time of the day you can choose a route orientation according to the sun to keep a little cool. 

Ailefroide, climbing in an alpine atmosphere

Located in the commune of Pelvoux, this hamlet lost at the end of the Hautes-Alpes is a pure wonder. Surrounded by the highest peaks of the massif with the Barre des Ecrins and the Mont Pelvoux above your heads. 

This magical setting will undoubtedly leave you with unforgettable memories. The cliffs made of gneiss and granite will offer you a great diversity of climbing routes from the top of which you will dominate this superb valley. 

The Verdon gorges, climbing with the vultures

The Verdon river has carved out more than 1500 climbing routes in a magical place renowned for its legendary beauty. From initiation cliffs to long routes of several lengths, there is something for all levels.

Very deep and narrow in some places, you will often start your day with an abseil to reach the start of your route. Unusual feature of the site : Some climbing routes are forbidden to avoid disturbing the famous cliff dweller: the Vulture! 

The gorges du Tarn, reserved for good climbers

Situated in the magnificent regional park of the Grandes Causses, these steep gorges are for the most part reserved for experienced climbers. However, beginners will find a few routes for novice climbers and will even be able to relax during a lazy afternoon by the river.

Close to the Tarn gorges, you will also find the Jonte gorges site where climbers of all levels will find their account. 

Chamonix Valley, climbing with a view on the Mont-Blanc

The famous Chamonix valley, stronghold of skiers and mountaineers, is also known worldwide for its climbing spots. Near Chamonix, the site of Les Gaillands is very popular for its breathtaking view on the Mont-Blanc and its climbing routes for all levels.

If you want to enjoy the best rocks in France, take a trip to Vallorcine. For the more adventurous, you can even challenge the granite rocks of the high mountains by taking the Aiguille du midi cable car.