France has some of the best hiking on earth, and a trip to France for a hiking holiday should definitely be on your bucket list. But what are the best hikes in France? That’s like asking which is the prettiest village in a country blanketed in picturesque, charming villages! It’s almost impossible to pinpoint one area, as there are so many beautiful hiking regions in France. Don’t fret, we’re here to help you find the best hiking and walking in France.
A holiday in France is truly a special trip. Combining epic, big-mountain scenery with wonderful French food means a holiday that appeals to all your senses. Blessed with two mountain ranges, you can choose a hiking holiday in the Alps or Pyrenees. The Pyrenees are less developed and feel wilder, while the Alps are stunning, with incredible hiking, trekking, biking and skiing. Every outdoor lover should take a trip to Chamonix, the home of mountaineering at the base of Mont Blanc.
There is great hiking in Chamonix, the home of mountaineering. You can also explore the National Parks on foot, hiking through the Vanoise, the Mercantour, the Queyras or the Ecrins – all are exceptional hiking destinations. Perhaps our favourite to explore France is by trekking in the French Alps or Pyrenees. Home to famous long-distance trails like the GR5, GR10, Tour de Mont Blanc and the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt, there are literally hundreds more walks that allow you to explore France at a more measured pace, taking in small towns, great views and great food.