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Discover the most beautiful French regions for outdoor sport activities.

Country overview

Capital city-Paris: The city of love is also a sport metropolis. During summer, the banks of the Seine river are closed to traffic and set up for a lot of activities such as jogging, fitness & gym, outdoor dance, skate & rollers, etc

The forest of Boulogne and Vincennes (30 min from the inner city by public transport) are perfect for an escape into the nature or a nice bike ride. All around the capital, forest, lakes and rivers are welcoming you!

Regions: 22 regions in mainland France and 5 overseas regions

Currency-Euro: You’ll find currency exchange offices in every city.

Language -French: But if you are lucky enough, you can make yourself understood in English too

Transportation: You’ll have a lot of options: domestic flights, trains (SNCF) and buses can carry you across all four corners of the country.

SOL tips if you book online you may find bargain prices.

Electricity: 220 V, 50 HZ

Phone: 0033

Accommodation: France has it all: hotels, hostels, campsites or B&B. Prices range from 20 to 300 € or even more for luxury hotels and resorts.

You can also opt for an original accommodation by choosing to stay with a local family through couchsurfing or helpx .

Food to test: French wine, exquisite cheese or LA baguette !

Outdoor activities: In the Hexagon, you’ll find all kind of outdoor activities, the only problem … the prices. SOL’s mission is to share tips with you so that you fully enjoy your staying without finding yourself bankrupt.

– Hikes in the Alps, Pyrenees and Massif Central and also everywhere in France. To help you, there are two great sources of tips for hikers :France rando et Sentiers en France.

– Canoeing, kayaking, rowing : From the Cote d’Azur to Bretaigne’s wild coast, you’ll find many walks for all tastes and all levels. You can enjoy kayaking in all French regions. We can suggest to you beautiful but touristic sites: the Gorges of Ardeche, Gorges of Hérault, Gorges of Tarn, Gorges of Verdon …

-Surf, Kite surf, sailing : Thousands of kilometres of French coast (but also a large number of lakes) are full of hundreds of sailing clubs where you can learn or practice a variety of water sports. To find a club you can check out this website: find a club

-Diving and snorkelling: there are a lot of spots on the Côte d’Azur, the Var or the Alpes Maritimes. And don’t forget the west coast with the Basque region or Brittany even in the colder depths…

-Road bike, mountain bike : Cyclotourists will find many circuits in the country of the most famous cycling race in the world: the Tour de France. Similarly, numerous bike paths and greenways cover every square inch of the country. For the more adventurous, mountain bikers will also find many trails for all levels.

-Paragliding and skydiving fans in search of thrills and adrenaline will find many schools for the wannabe pros and tandem flights for the casual tourists.

-Climbing: For those who wish to learn, many cities are equipped with climbing walls , for those who are a little more experienced, you will find a lot of outdoor spots here in all French regions.

The most popular sports in France:

Football, tennis, horse riding, judo and the « pétanque »

 

Plan your trip

France is beautiful in all seasons! Its temperate climate with oceanic influences blowing in from the West, continental in the East and Mediterranean in the South ensures you can always find somewhere to suit.

To fully enjoy all outdoor activities as a Sportrotter, we recommend you to come from May to September in the South of France. From June to September on the West coast and in the centre and North of France.

Avoid August in the South because you’ll have a crowd of tourists and all the hotels are booked, campsite and hotels double their prices and the temperatures of around 30°C are not favourable for outdoor activities.

Visa

For all entry formalities in France, you’ll find all necessary information at this website: diplomatie.gouv

Focus SOL on the region

 

The Brittany: you’ll find all the information you need by clicking here.

 

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