When referring to the mountains in France, travelers will often think of the Alps, more precisely Mont Blanc. But there are five other mountain ranges in France with beautiful, challenging trails, including Vosges and Jura in the northeast, Massif Central in the south, Pyrenees and Corsica.
The 5 mountains below are 5 of the most valuable mountains in France that deserve the amazing destinations for you to hiking.
The Northern Alps provide some of the best hiking and mountain scenery on the planet. At 4,810 meters, Mont Blanc is Europe’s highest peak. Unless you are an experienced climber, conquering this mountain is not an easy task. However, this does not mean that visitors cannot make this journey. Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is a network of hiking trails stretching up to 170 km around the mountain. The full itinerary can take visitors two weeks to complete, but there are many huts along the way so you can stop and refresh.
Many of Mont Blanc’s neighbors are also on the list of mountain climbers and the town of Chamonix is a famous camp base. Although its hotels can be crowded and expensive during the ski season, there are many restaurants, bars and cafes to enjoy in quieter times of the year. 4,122 meters high Aiguille Verte, so it is not easy to conquer this mountain. However, visitors can choose to go hiking in the foothills around June to September before the snow here starts to fall thick.
Unlike the Alps, the Natural Park of Luberon never flooded visitors. This UNESCO listed nature reserve is located in the Haut-Vaucluse region of Provence and has many walking paths connecting historic villages and towns. Mourre Nègre is the highest peak in the Luberon massif but the 1,125 meters peak makes the way up relatively easy. Its other name, translated from Provençal is the “black cape”, referring to both its round shape and pine trees growing on its slopes.
Further south toward Aix-en-Provence and Marseille is Montagne Sainte-Victoire. Fans of painter Paul Cézanne are certainly familiar with this mountain. The artist could see the mountain from his home and paint it many times in 1877, he died in 1906. The area is famous for good weather. Temperatures rarely drop below freezing even when winter temperatures drop sharply and summer temperatures can reach 35°C.
Cirque de Gavarnie
The Pyrenees form a beautiful border between France and Spain, running along 430 km between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean. Cirque de Gavarnie is located in the lush landscape of the Pyrenees National Park and is one of France’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The way up this mountain is also quite easy despite its quite ominous size, the journey is more like walking than hiking. The trail from Gavarnie village takes you through the valley through streams, clear waterfalls and a 3,000 meter high glacier.