When you think of your perfect holiday, what comes to your mind? For some people, they love nothing more than lounging on a sunbed at an all-inclusive resort, pina colada in their hand. Other people dream of travelling to a remote cabin in the woods, where they can spend their days hiking and their evenings chilling in the hot tub. This is all very dreamy – but what about those of us who want a little more ‘oomph’ to our vacations? Of course, it’s always nice to take some time out and relax. But some of us find lazy holidays just that little bit too dull, and after a day or so of sunbathing start to get fidgety. So, if you have a taste for adventure, where on earth will you find somewhere that satisfies your craving for adrenaline? Luckily, you don’t actually have to go that far from home. Our friends in France have an abundance of activities available to keep even the most active of people entertained. Take a look at these picks for some of the best adventures you can have across the channel.
France is blessed with a very diverse landscape, from the sheer icy peaks of the French Alps to the forest-ridden plains of Fontainebleau. Whether you are an experienced climber already or want to try out a new hobby, the country as a whole is the perfect place for a climbing holiday. You can either embark on a professional tour or do it all yourself – just make sure you have the correct safety equipment before you do so. Another plus of rock climbing in France is that it gives you the opportunity to experience some of the most beautiful scenery the country has to offer, as well as getting very close to nature. Just choose whatever area is most suited to your needs. The aforementioned Fontainebleau offers limestones crags settled in dense forests, and the island of Corsica offer both single and multi-pitch routes.
For the adrenaline junkies among us, is there really anything better than hurtling down a mountain at 30mph? France has been synonymous with skiing and indeed all kinds of snow sports for many years, thanks to being home to the stunning French Alps. This glorious mountain range is one of the longest in the world, stretching across an impressive 8 countries. Nestled in the French Alps are an abundance of cities, towns and ski resorts perfect for all your high speed needs. The good thing about such places is that when all the day’s physical activities are over, the fun doesn’t have to stop. There are bars, restaurants and plenty of evening activities for after the sun has gone down. Or, perhaps you finally need a little R&R after all that exertion. Fabulous accommodation is never far away in the alps, such as the chalets offered by Freedom Ski, Morzine. After a long day on the slopes, you can head back to your dreamy cabin to snuggle up with a good book and a glass of wine (or two). Even the most active people need a little downtime, right?!
When you think of an adventure holiday, rural retreats and high octane activities like whitewater rafting probably come to mind. Rollerblading? Not so much! But if you are naturally a bit of a city dweller and don’t fancy venturing out into either the Alps or a forest, blading can be a great way to add some fun to your holiday without having to even leave the city. A particular hot spot for this is Paris, where the group ‘Pari Roller’ meet every Friday evening to whizz around the city on wheels. It is a great way to see the city by night and to catch some of the most impressive historical sites as well.
If moving further out to the coast is more your thing, why not give surfing a go? France is renowned for having some of the most consistent surf on the planet, especially on the West coast where waves are notoriously big. The coast of South Brittany is especially popular with dare devil surfers, so only plan a visit there if you are already experiences in the sport. There are a lot of spots that take you away from the vast swell of crowds, so you will be able to hone your skills in peace, too. For beginners, it is worth taking on the Mediterranean sea on the South coast instead – plus, it tends to be warmer down there too!
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