10 Top-Rated Hiking Trails in France

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    10 Top-Rated Hiking Trails in France


    France has a striking diversity of landscapes, from the snowcapped peak of Mont Blanc to the deep blue seas of the Mediterranean. Every region offers inspiring hikes, with trails ranging from easy to advanced, that are sure to impress. Be awed by the alpine scenery in the Chamonix Valley while hiking past glaciers and wildflowers. Amble the country lanes of Alsace to discover storybook hamlets nestled in the rolling hills, or walk from one ancient hilltop village to another in the rugged Luberon Mountains of Provence. Modern-day pilgrims can follow in the footsteps of medieval Christians on the Camino de Santiago trail in the Pyrenees, and history buffs can trace the WWI battlefield sites along the Normandy coast. For the most dazzling seaside panoramas, hike from the beautiful perched village of Eze on the French Riviera to the peaceful beaches of Eze-sur-Mer. One of the most legendary trails on the list is the GR20 in Corsica, but it is only advised for well-trained hikers, whereas anyone could enjoy the gentle nature walk at the Cirque de Gavarnie to admire soaring granite rock walls and marvelous waterfalls.

    1 Tour du Mont Blanc


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    The snowcapped peak of Mont Blanc is one of the world's most spectacular nature sites. At an altitude of 4,810 meters, this legendary mountain is the highest peak in Europe. Many climbers dream of conquering this mountain, but ascending to the top is extremely strenuous and requires exceptional fitness as well as a guide. However, Mont Blanc is not just for mountain climbers. It is possible to find moderate sections of Mont Blanc that can be approached as short hikes. The Tour du Mont Blanc is a system of hiking trails that covers 170 kilometers of the mountain, with many different starting points including Courmayeur, Les Houches, and Chamonix. All trails feature mountain huts along the way where hikers can stop to rest and get refreshments.
     
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    2 The Gentle Nature Walk at the Cirque de Gavarnie


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    In the lush National Park of the Pyrenees Mountains, the Cirque de Gavarnie is a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site that's accessible to most visitors. An easy loop walk begins in the historic village of Gavarnie, past the Hôtel du Cirque and horse stables, and then follows the stream up to the head of the valley. With almost no incline, this trail lends itself to more of a stroll than a hike. The breathtaking scenery, with sheer 3,000-meter-high glacier-formed granite rock walls enclosing the valley, gives the impression of being a cathedral in nature. Adding to the splendor are numerous rushing waterfalls; the most grandiose is the Grande Cascade, which is the highest waterfall in Europe. Enjoy the peacefulness of this incredibly beautiful and unspoiled nature site. The scenery has no modern developments, only small rustic chalets, pastures of grazing goats, and little footbridges that cross the gurgling mountain stream. Listen to the chirping of the birds and take in the glorious site of the cirque's snow-covered peaks. The gentle, circular walk takes about one hour to complete.
    For a more challenging hike in the Pyrenees National Park, advanced hikers should take the trail up to the Brèche de Roland at 2,804 meters.
     
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    3 The Legendary GR20 Trail in Corsica

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    The GR20 hiking trail in Corsica is one of the most famous and toughest long-distance hikes in Europe. With its dramatic gorges and rocky hillsides, this legendary trail is popular with advanced hikers. The sun-drenched path traverses the island of Corsica from north to south, covering a landscape of rugged hillsides and wild gorges. Besides being a test of physical endurance, the trail is in remote terrain, which adds an element of psychological challenge. Only those who are sufficiently trained should attempt the hike, but the effort is rewarded with incredible scenery and panoramic views.
     

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