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Top 10 of the best hikes in France

France is full of very beautiful hiking trails for lovers of walking or mountain trek . If you feel like getting away from it all, getting some fresh air or just getting away from your daily routine, the thousands of kilometers of French trails await you. Here are ten must-see itineraries that we have selected for you.

GR20, crossing Corsica

One of the largest routes in Europe, the GR20 will take you to the most beautiful landscapes of Corsica. Popular as much for its size as for its difficulties, the GR20 offers spectacular landscapes: forests, multicolored rocks, unique beaches, waterfalls and natural pools as well as breathtaking sunsets. To cross between June and September, the GR20 is done in groups. Crossing wild and sometimes hostile pigs is not really recommended for beginners and loners.

GR10, crossing the Pyrenees

The GR10, or the crossing of the Pyrenees, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, is worth 890 kilometers, or almost three months of hiking if you decide to do it all. At the rendezvous, white and red villages typical of the Basque country, sumptuous lakes, green pastures, but also endless valleys. Recommended between June and October, the GR 10 takes you to the heart of the most beautiful villages in France.

top 10 hikes in France

GR5, crossing the Alps

A must-see route, the GR5 is an excellent cross-border route between Holland, Switzerland and France. This great crossing of the Alps takes you to meet Savoyard alpine pastures, always snow-capped peaks or dense forests in the heart of which lie turquoise lakes, not to mention the beautiful beaches of the North Sea between Nice and the Mediterranean. To be crossed between May and October, this route will offer you a wonderful contrast at each stage.

GR70, the Stevenson trail

A famous route discovered by the Scotsman, Robert Louis Stevenson, the GR70 stretches from Puy en Valès to Alès. On the back of his donkey, the writer traveled the trails and wrote a book about them "Voyage avec un ass dans les Cévennes". There are great plains, wild forests, green pastures, but also beautiful and very typical villages. Stevenson's path is done between May to October.

GR54 or the Grand Tour du Massif des Ecrins

Departing from Bourg d’Oisans, find a breathtaking hiking trail in the heart of the Ecrins national park. A fairly demanding route, the GR54 is not recommended for beginners. If the trails can be difficult, the reward is wonderful: the most beautiful peaks of the Southern Alps, hamlets, torrents and unique valleys await you from May to October.

The tour of Mont Blanc

The tour of Mont Blanc takes you to the largest peak in Europe. In addition to the beautiful hiking trails it offers, it is also a grandiose panorama of fir trees, dense forests, but also a natural reserve of flora and fauna (fox, deer, deer, etc.). All climbers dream of climbing there to discover the alpine borders of France, Switzerland and Italy. The route is to be done between the end of May to October.

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The road to Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle

In the heart of the Pyrenees, this path places the region as a real historical and cultural heritage. Each year, thousands of hikers take this path which is famous for the grandiose of its decoration and its architecture: ancient volcanoes, green hills, streams and pine forests, boulders and crystal clear waters. The trail will also lead you to the pilgrim sanctuary.

The Crossing of Mercantour

The Mercantour crossing will lead you to discover the Alpes Maritimes. At the rendezvous, you will come across deserted mountains, but also a singular nature, beautiful paradisiacal beaches and original lakes. Some groundhogs will also cross your paths and try to sympathize with you. To be entered between mid-July to the end of September, this crossing can be done in pairs or in groups.

Around the Pic du Midi d'Ussau

In the Atlantic Pyrenees, nature is wild. Beautiful buried hiking trails will lead you to caves, lakes, waterfalls and fine sand. There are also streams and rivers. At the end of your trip , recharge your batteries in the Ossau Valley National Park, one of the most beautiful parks in the region. A discovery to be seized between July and October.

GR34 or the Customs footpath

In the heart of Brittany, the Customs Path is one of the best for hiking with family or friends. Between rocky coves, moors, mountains and tides, you will also appreciate the corsair city or the mythical forest of Brocéliande. The hike can end at Pont-Aven by savoring delicious pancakes. A route to be done between October and May.

There are many other hiking trails in France for all levels, beginners, intermediates or experienced. If you want to know more about hiking in France, we advise you to consult the site France-Randos , specialist in hiking.

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