Golf & Outdoor Sports
WIth nearly 3,500 km of coastline and several mountain ranges, the French outdoor playground is vast to explore. Golf visitors can pair their favourite game (or take a brek from it) with moderate to extreme activities. From a leisurely stroll along the cliffs in Brittany to tackling a 'via ferrata' like la Colmiane in Provence, the choice is yours.
Obviously, the Tour de France made cycling the popular sport it is today and across the country there are numerous initiatives that are cycle-friendly: 'La Loire à Vélo' being a prefect recent example with a unique, 800km cycle route. A large stretch of the Loire is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; in parts it’s also known as France’s Valley of the Kings and as The Garden of France.
For more experienced riders or 'sufferers', the country's infamous cols of the Alps and the Pyrennees are there to be tackled. Note the dates of the Tour de France each year at the end of June for 3 weeks until Bastille Day on the 14th of July.
Surfers flock to the Basque country for the best waves in the country and Biarritz is even host to the oldest surfing competition in Europe Quiksilver Maïder Arostéguy, early Easter, a surfing festival in July and the Quiksilver Pro France event, in neaby Hossegor.