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The Best Hikes in France

Whether you are a lover of the outdoors or just looking for the perfect Instagram pic, there is a great hike in France for you. Here are some of the best hikes in France, for adventurers of all levels:


Le Chemin des Rognes

  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Location: Bellevue to Baraque des Rognes
  • Time: 3.5 – 5 hours
  • Stop at: Le Piano Gourmand for French Mediterranean fusion
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Lac Blanc

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Location: Aiguilles Rouges region
  • Time: 3-4 hours
  • Stop at: Overnight shelter by the lake
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D-Day Beaches

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Location: Normandy
  • Time: Flexible
  • Stop at: The various D-Day towns

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    Source: Lonely Planet

GR 20

  • Difficulty: Strenuous in the northern section, easier in the southern section
    Location: Corsica
  • Time: 11-15 days
  • Stop at: Overnight huts, Le Vizzavona hotel and restaurant

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    Source: TrekSnappy

Mare a Mare Sud

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Location: Corsica, ending in Propriano
  • Time: 5 days
  • Stop at: Bartaccia Hotel, Miramar Boutique Hotel, Terra Cotta restaurant

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    Source: Corse Randos

Western Front Battlefields

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Location: Borders of Switzerland and Belgium
  • Time: Flexible
  • Stop at: Various villages and towns along the way

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    Source: Viator

The Pilgrim’s Trail, Mont St Michel

  • Difficulty: Easy but risky (only safe during low tide)
  • Location: Bec d’Andaine to the Bay of Mont St Michel
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Stop at: Mont St Michel

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    Source: Wikipedia

GR5 – Grand Traversee des Alpes

  • Difficulty: Advanced
  • Location: Lake Geneva to Nice
  • Time: 25-30 days
  • Stop at: Refugee locations, the French Riviera

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Alpage de Blaitiere

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Location: Grepon parking lot to the Alpage
  • Time: 2.5-3 hours
  • Stop at: Restaurants and fresh food shops in the Alpine pastures

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    Source: Camptocamp

Robert Louis Stevenson Trail

  • Difficulty: Flexible
  • Location: Le Monastier to St Jean du Gard
  • Time: 2 weeks (or less if you would like)
  • Stop at: Food and rest stops, the Hotel Restaurant les Sources in Chasserades

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    Source: The Irish Times

Verdon Gorge

  • Difficulty: Flexible
  • Location: Alpes de Haut Provence
  • Time: 1 to 5 days
  • Stop at: Water activity centers

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    Source: BeautifulWorld

Cirque de Gavarnie

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Location: Pyrenees Mountains
  • Time: 1 day
  • Stop at: Waterfalls and large rocks

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    Source: Argeles Gazost

Shelburn Escape Line: the Freedom Trail

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Location: Brittany
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Stop at: Chapelle de Saint-Samson, La Maison d’Alphonse, Plage Bonaparte
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GR 34

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Location: Mont Saint-Michel to Pont de Saint-Nazaire
  • Time: 1 day
  • Stop at: Any seaside spot of your choosing
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BONUS: Tips for your hike

  • Prepare for weather
  • Considier your altitude
  • Plan for overnight sleeping gear like a sleeping back or air mattress
  • Wear breathable materials
  • Keep your bag as light as possible
  • Stay hydrated by bringing a canteen or collapsible water bottle
  • Break in your shoes before your hike
  • Think ahead about what you’re going to eat – stay nourished
  • Invest in good boots and socks
  • Waterproof your bag
  • Prevent blisters by using liner socks or rubbing Vaseline on the area
  • Make friends on your hikes – Accept generosity and be generous
  • Make sure you don’t leave anything behind at your stops
  • Let yourself get a good night sleep in between hiking days
  • Take a day off when you need it
  • Stretch after a long day of hiking
  • Find a way to tackle boredom – Sing, listen to music, download podcasts and audiobooks
  • Make sure you have insurance for long distance walking.
  • Don’t have any expectations. Just enjoy the process.
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There are 4,378 hikes all around France. This means that even if you haven’t found your dream hike in this post about our favorite hikes in France, it is out there somewhere. We are here to help you find your perfect hike. Contact us at ParisByM to plan an unforgettable trip to France and its surrounding areas.