A question as complex as ‘What are the best hikes in France?’ is one that is probably unanswerable. In a country in possession of the Alps, the Pyrenees, the Mediterranean Coast, the Atlantic Coast, Burgundy, Champagne, Normandy, and one of the most varied and beautiful landscapes in the world, how can you begin to even devise a list that singles out the best? You can’t, which is why we’ve scoured the guidebooks (and the internet), for the best hikes in the country, and organised them by region.
From moderate to difficult, short to long, and with everything from beautiful coastal walks on the Med to stunning, desolate vistas in central France, from lush forests and picture-perfect waterfalls, to jaw-dropping Alpine adventures that oer up glaciers and rugged peaks, this list has everything you need to plan a truly epic hiking trip this coming season.
Whether you’re more interested in the shorter walks with little elevation, or you’re gearing up for a truly mountainous experience, it’s vital you wear the right clothes for hiking. That means a good, sturdy pair of boots, waterproof gear, and a rucksack with plenty of water and supplies for the trail. Then, the only other thing you need, is a thirst for adventure.