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the best walking regions which can be found in france


When on holiday,
some of us like to lounge by the pool and soak up as much sun as possible, and
others like to get out and explore the surrounding area, be that by foot, car
or bike. Throughout France, there are a number of extraordinary places to see
when walking, whether you are on a difficult hike or a short stroll.

France has a
striking diversity of landscapes, from the snowy peaks of Mount Blanc to the
turquoise water of the Mediterranean; each region offers inspiring hikes from
easy to more challenging. Walking is often thought of as a holiday in itself,
and what better way to enjoy it than returning to one of our luxury villas, France? France
has an array of great walking trails and below, we have picked out some of our
favourites.

 

Provence

Provence is known
for its beautiful scenery and breath-taking views, but its walking trails are
often overlooked. However, Provence has an abundance of walking and hiking
trails so you can pop on your walking shoes and head out to explore vineyards,
mountains peaks or coastlines: the possibilities are endless.

Many of the
footpaths throughout this region are well signposted, making your walk or hike
much easier. Throughout your walk, you can incorporate historical monuments or
walk through some of Provence’s prettiest villages. As Provence is a rather
large region, you will always experience something new, with different views or
terrain. If you prefer a more challenging walk, head up into the mountains of
Mount Ventoux, Luberon, Verdon or the Alpines. If you prefer a gentler walk,
you can do so in Aix en Provence, Avignon, Arles, and Saint Remy de Provence,
or explore the small and charming Provencal villages and vineyards.

Walking in
Provence is getting more popular year after year, but you will still find
trails which are quiet, and you will often feel like you have paths and views
all to yourself. There really is so much to offer walkers in this part of
France, and there are routes suitable for beginners and for those who prefer
something more advanced. 

Normandy

 

With hundreds of
miles of walking trails in Normandy, it is no wonder that hiking and rambling
are popular pastimes in this region in France. There are numerous trails and
footpaths which wind through landscapes and criss-cross the region. Much like
Provence, footpaths and trails are well signposted.

Normandy is a
land of contrast, and you can find its incredible history everywhere you go.
Walk along its golden sandy beaches and through its rich green landscapes and
rolling hills. Visit its chateaux, picturesque port towns and villages, and
follow trails through terrain that harvests apples and produces some of the
best cheeses in France. Normandy has something for everyone and is sure to
captivate any visitor who sets foot in this region.

Bordeaux

 

Only a short
distance from Bordeaux is Landes de Gascogne National Park, which is perfectly
suited to those who prefer a gentler stroll. Popular with mountain bikers,
hikers and kayakers, this location is perfect for those also seeking adrenaline-focused
activities. Bordeaux itself is a popular region, and this is mainly due to the
exceptional wine which is produced here. This region has a lot to offer, with
its dramatic coastline which leads to the Pyrenees mountains range which
borders France from Spain.

With views and
breath-taking scenery galore, will France be the next place you head to? We
have a fantastic range of villas throughout this country which are perfect for
relaxing in after a long days walking.

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