Best Outdoor Activities

Fancy a cycling tour, a day out canyoning, a ski descent or a hike? Discover our best outdoor activities in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur!

Take a bike ride

Discover Provence from the seat of your bike

From lavender fields to vineyards, the magnificent landscapes of the Vaucluse area and a plethora of must-see natural sites, Provence is a delight for cyclists. Set out on Provence’s prettiest lanes to lap up the scenery at your own pace with your partner, family or friends. For a truly astonishing cycling experience, take the Voie Verte du Calavon crossing the hilltop villages of the Luberon Regional Nature Reserve, or Voie Verte de la Via Venaissia, offering remarkable panoramic views over the jagged peaks of Les Dentelles de Montmirail. For the promise of a relaxing, stress-free excursion, plan your stay with Provence à Vélo.

Get a shot of adrenaline 

While canyoning at the Gorges du Verdon 

Head to the Gorges du Verdon for a sporty and original tour and to try your hand at canyoning in Europe’s largest canyon, with Vertigo Verdon as your adventure guide! Several canyoning routes are available in the canyon according to your level. One thing is certain: whatever route you choose it won’t be a walk in the park – get ready for some thrilling jumps, abseiling and rapids.

You’ll literally know the canyon inside-out when you’ve finished!

 

 

Hit the slopes

At the heart of the Centre Nordique du Boréon

Lovers of winter sports and fresh snow will want to visit the fabulous Centre Nordique du Boréon Nordic Centre.

Whoosh your way down the 20 km of slopes or opt for an unforgettable sledging adventure with all the family. You can even climb an impressive artificial ice waterfall at the Centre Nordique du Boréon in all safety in the company of a high mountain guide, armed with an ice axe and crampons. Unique!

Take a jump

From the highest bridge in Europe, the Pont de l’Artuby

If you fancy trying your hand at bungee jumping, opt for Europe’s highest bridge – the impressive Pont de l’Artuby near Aiguines, rising to a height of 182 metres. Simply don your safety gear and get ready for a dizzy, weightless freefall.

Adrenalin freaks will love it !

Hike the Mercantour

Discover the Sanctuaire de la Fenestre

Slip into your walking shoes for a nature tour of the Alpes!

Set in Parc National du Mercantour and encircled by mountains, Sanctuaire de la Fenestre offers a myriad of beautiful footpaths dotted with wide lanes and ancient military monuments standing witness to the site’s former role as a route for the Romans and Dukes of Savoie.

Take a moment to rest and lap up the stunning views over the peaks of the Cirque de la Madone.

Go birding

In the Camargue Regional Nature Reserve

Camargue is a paradise for bird lovers and nearly two-thirds of all bird species observed in Europe can be found here. Arm yourself with a pair of binoculars and a camera and set out on the many footpaths criss-crossing the Camargue Regional Nature Reserve.

Don’t forget to stop-off at the Marais du Vigueirat Nature Reserve where you’ll come across many swans and flamingos – the flagship bird of Camargue !

 

Reach Great Heights 

In a hot air ballon in Forcalquier

Climb aboard a hot air balloon for an experience to remember in Forcalquier – the town boasts the “purest air in Europe”. You’ll love seeing the pretty lavender fields and typical little Provencal villages down below as you fly gently through the air, cradled by the gentle sound of the balloon. Get ready to take some great pics too… An exhilarating experience and whole new angle on Provence !

Climb in Provence

At the Parc National des Calanques and Montagne Sainte-Victoire 

If you’re seeking a combined nature and sporting activity, try your hand at rock climbing for the perfect combo of adrenalin and pretty scenery.

From the Parc National des Calanques to Montagne Sainte-Victoire, snake your way up the region’s beautiful limestone cliffs and revel in the fabulous feeling of freedom while pushing back your limits and contemplating the breathtaking scenery of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region!