Underground, on the water or in the air, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur promises you a maximum of thrills! To boost your adrenaline or release your stress, discover our selection of sport and outdoor activities in the region.
Speed Down the Slopes
Visit one of the many Southern Alps resorts, which are as diverse as your desires. Is it the kids’ first time in powder? With its “Famille Plus“ label, the Station Valberg resort guarantees a fun holiday for all ages: the Piou Piou Club welcomes budding skiers while the Crèche des P’tits Poucets takes care of toddlers. Looking for a happening resort? In addition to its many winter sports, Isola 2000 resort moves at the pace of its many sporting events, concerts and cultural activities. Intense !
Defy Gravity in a Glider
When technology sets out to realize mankind’s dream of flying, the glider is the result! If you are tempted by the experience, head to Saint-Auban and the hangars of the Centre National de Vol à Voile, in the Parc Naturel Régional des Préalpes d’Azur for a high-flying course. Climb into a glider beside a qualified instructor to tame the air in complete safety. From April to October, you can also defy gravity on a discovery flight, available to those 12-years-old and up. Opt for one of the three routes – Val de Durance, Plateau de Valensole or Gorges du Verdon – and let the magic happen.
Tame the Falaises de Buoux
Looking for an outdoor activity which combines patience and strength? The village of Buoux, in the Luberon is your new playground: walks, rock-climbs and hikes are on the agenda. Head off to conquer the cliffs reaching 70 metres high and hug their rock walls to overcome the void. A benchmark site for seasoned climbers and the great names of rock climbing, the Falaises de Buoux and its 500 routes are also accessible to the least experienced beginners.
Reach Great Heights on a Giant Zip Line
A chairlift, adrenaline and a breathtaking view: you really are in La Colmiane, in the Parc National de Mercantour. This family ski resort is home to the longest zip line in France. Solo or as a duo, launch yourself into the void and glide along nearly three kilometres of cables, at a top speed of more than 120 kilometres/ hour. Experience these sensations of freedom at the heart of the mountains in both winter and summer.
Recharge with Outdoor Yoga
Sport does not always rhyme with effort. The proof: the dynamic yoga classes organised by Gecko Yoga in Marseille. Every Saturday morning, meet at the Jardin du Pharo, one of the most beautiful viewpoints of the city, to wake your body up nice and easy. Re-center yourself by sharing the pleasure of a group class for only €5. A small price for a great moment of outdoor relaxation. Zen bonus: No need to book in advance to participate!
Discover Indoor Canyoning
Your tribe is more than 10 years old and has energy to spare? Head to the Vesubia Mountain Park in Saint-Martin-de-Vésubie, the top indoor canyoning site in Europe! Clambor the three basins and waterfalls for a romp of more than an hour. Different levels of difficulty are available: progress at your pace and opt for your favourite descent: jump, rappel or slide! The children want more? The Vesubia Mountain Park offers other outdoor activities: caving, rock-climbing and even a treetop adventure course.
Explore the Earth’s Entrails
Do you know the difference between stalactites and stalagmites? Find out when caving in La Grotte de Méounes, south of Brignoles! Accompanied by a guide, equipped with a headlamp and a protective helmet, you’ll explore the entrails of the Earth and its mysteries. From beginners to experts, and children to adults, this underground trail is accessible and open to all. Plan to spend a half-day exploring.
Point or Shoot!
In Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, if there is a sports activity which embodies the South, it’s petanque ! High-level sport for some, religion for others, petanque is inseparable from Marseille. Want to play, aka “tickle the piglet?” The city’s many boulodromes and petanque rinks are ready for you. Between games, nip over to the Panier district in the heart of the Phocean city, to visit the Musée de la Boule. You can try out a mini terrain there, explore the history of petanque, and, of course, leave with a genuine bowling souvenir !
Take A Mountain-Biking Holiday
Val de Durance
All terrain two-wheeler enthusiast? Head to the Val de Durance! Labelled “Qualité Tourisme,” its mountain bike base, located at Château-Arnoux-Saint-Auban, offers you a full range of all-inclusive holidays. Cross the 95 km of the “Supreme” route, or, why not, the 180 kms of the “Maxigéant” route. Whatever one you choose, you will be biking at the heart of a superb wilderness. In the evening regain your strength in a vacation rentals or hotel room included in your holiday. You’ll be in fine form the next morning !
Push Your Limits at the Mud Day
More original than a simple run, more friendly than just training: welcome to The Mud Day in Aix-en-Provence ! Studded with obstacles and challenges, this 7 or 13-kilometre course takes you across a mud bath! On the agenda for this epic challenge: courage, good spirits and solidarity. Solo or in a team, prepare yourself to push your limits to reach the finish line. Good physical condition and steely willpower are recommended for this outdoor activity which is more than just athletic !