Things to Do in France
9 Great Outdoor Activities

When it comes to outdoor adventures there is a whole array of things to do in France. The Gorges du Verdon is amazing for adventurous outdoor sports. The South of France abounds with water sports, and Brittany is a haven for sailors. Below are suggestions of a variety of fun activities and where to find them.

Fly fishing in France

For the fisherman or woman, fly fishing in France is very satisfying with fantastic streams and rivers to any fisherman’s delight.

I have discovered two expert websites devoted to the subject that you should check out:

    A non-commercial site from a Stanford University physician with a French wife who often goes Fly fishing in France. He offers personal suggestions of great spots he’s fished and where to find guides in the Ardeche and Alps Maritime areas of France. Check out his suggestions

    An outfitter and guide, Gourmetfly is a French company offering a choice of services. For a fee they will guide you, or send you on your own with a written guide. The website offers great photos and suggestions of places to go.

Things to do in France
Sailing in France


Brittany France is one of the best places for sailing. Below are two well loved options.

    Club Nautique du Rohu
    70 Route du Rohu, 56730 St Gildas de Rhuys
    33 02 97 45 37 05
    Club Nautique du Rohu offers rental or lessons in windsurfing, funboat, multihull, racing keel-boat J80 or kayaking.
    More info and places to stay nearyby

    Trimaran “Defi Cancale”
    Rue de Port-Briac, Port Briac 35260 Cancale
    33 06 13 06 17 20
    Sail with a skipper on a 60 foot racing boat.
    Check reviews and more info

Rhone Alps

A nice day Boat Cruise with the family is on Lac du Bourget

Live and travel on a boat with a French River Cruise.

Things to do in France
Canoeing and Kayaking France

Dordogne river canoeingCanoeing on the Dordogne was loads of fun

One of the most popular things to do in France during the warm weather. In the south of France alone there are 14 navigate able rivers and very popular area for other water sports.

The South of France

    Languedoc Roussillon Region:

    Kayak or canoe down the Gardon River. This is where the famous ancient bridge Point du Gard is. See it from the water as you paddle down the river. Below are two outfitters that will assist you.

    1 av Geoffroy Perret 30 320 Bezouce
    33 06 67 11 49 19
    Check reviews and more info

    Canoe France
    SARL 3V
    8, chemin Saint Vincent - 30210 Collias
    33 04 66 22 80 76
    Canoe France offers boat rentals and return transportation for the Gardon River. They get great reviews.

    Canoe le Moulin
    D986 - St Bauzille de Putois, Montpellier
    33 (0)4 67 73 30 73
    Between Montpellier and Nimes, you can access the Herault River with this well reviewed outfitter.
    Check reviews and more info

    Perigord Region (Dordogne):

    Canoe Loisirs
    16, Residence Vigneras 24200 Sarlat-la-Caneda
    33 05 53 28 23 43
    Check review and more info

    Rivers of France is a group of kayak and canoe rental companies in Southern France committed to quality. Their website offers options on many rivers of the South of France with a different outfitter for each. The site has an English language version and is easy to use.

Scuba Diving France Instruction and Guides


Scuba diving in the Mediterranean

    Scuba Diving Marseille:
    Plongee Phoceenne
    17 bld Marius Thomas 13007 Marseille
    33 06 22 45 06 83
    Plongee Phoceenne in Marseille offers instruction and certification. Gets very good reviews.
    Check reviews and find hotels nearby

    Place Magellan
    Résidence la Réale 66700 Argeles-sur-Mer
    33 06 16 27 25 72
    Near the coast of Spain
    Check reviews

    Archipel Plongee
    8 Residence, les villegiales du quai d'honneur, 66700 Argeles-sur-Mer
    33 04 68 95 7103
    Check reviews

Things to do in France on Land

You can take a week long French golf holiday or just play for a day.  France has many award winning top notch courses.  Golf is a popular sport.

In the south of France there are courses with fabulous views of the Mediterranean, and in the Loire you can play next to a castle.  You can even play golf just outside of Paris.

Rock Climbing France


    Gorges du Verdun
    This area in one of the famous places in France for its dramatic natural beauty. The gorges is as deep as 2,297 ft (700m) in some places. Besides Rock Climbing this area offers so much outdoor adventure activities. You might want to also check out White-water Rafting, Bungee jumping, Mountain biking, canoeing, walking and hilltop villages too.
    Find the best deal, compare prices, and read what other travelers have to say

    The Calanques (outside of Marseille)

Things to do in France
Paragliding in France

Chamonix in the Rhone Alps region is a spectacular area for paragliding. Here are two popular paragliding outfits:

Things to do in France
Hiking in France

There are many beautiful areas to hike in France. Below are some of the national parks and nature areas ideally suited to hiking.

Horseback Riding in France


The beautiful wide sandy Normandy beaches are great for horsebacking riding and inland as well.

The Camargue

    A beautiful natural wildlife area that goes down to the Mediterranean. This area is famous for its horses and natural beauty.
    Horseback riding, Hiking, Camping, and Bird Watching are available.
    Check reviews and more info

Camping in France
Where to Stay

Camping in France is great for everyone, especially families. Very organized with camping resorts where you stay in a cabin with swimming pools and entertainment or camp rough (sauvage) on a beach or field. Check out the details for Camping in France ,

Brittany France

    Camping Brittany is a delightful experience. You can camp right on the beach or stay at one of the attractive camping resorts. Brittany is very rural and dotted with old villages.
    See camping Brittany for our family favorites.

    Camping Yelloh Village
    Prad Poullou 29950 Clohars-Fouesnant
    02 98 57 02 38
    Very well reviewed this place is in the Finistere which is right out on the furthest point of Brittany France with beautiful seascaped beauty.
    Check reviews and more info

Helpful Articles

Tour de France history.  Biking is a very popular sport and the tour de France is world famous.  You can watch the race from the side of the road.  You can also bike in France on your own.

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