When most people think of France, the first thing that comes to mind is often iconic images of Paris and the Eiffel Tower. Or perhaps you are indulging in one of the countless delicious dishes that make French food famous. From the world-class museums, to the famous landmarks of Paris to the fantastic French cuisine this country certainly has a rich cultural heritage. Although the culture and culinary wonders in France are not to be missed, you simply cannot visit France without experiencing the beauty and grandeur of the French Alps.
The French sections of the Alps mountain range are located in the Rhône-Alpes and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur regions. While some of the ranges of the French Alps are entirely in France, others are shared with Switzerland and Italy. Steep, imposing peaks dominate the skyline. Picture perfect, high-alpine French villages house world class skiing and pure mountain bliss.
If that isn’t enough, France is also home the highest mountain in Western Europe. At 4,808 metres (15,774 ft), Mont Blanc dominates the on the French-Italian border. The region is beautiful and a mecca for not only serious climbers but also people seeking tranquility and stunning treks with chocolate box vistas. The Tour du Mount Blanc is a classic trekking route with wonderful mountain huts, high paths, and a surprising amount of isolation. Instead of trekking through the crowded valleys of this region, this trek stays high, giving way to fantastic views of this iconic mountain range. If you’re looking for a trekking circuit with outstanding views, a healthy level of difficulty, and some quiet time with the mountains, this is for you.
The French Alps don’t only cater to mountaineers. Some of the Europe’s most stunning mountain drives can be had for those searching for a stretch of tarmac through the jaw-dropping valleys of the French Alps. Break out your skis and carve fresh lines in the countless ski resorts that sprinkle the area. Chamonix, home to the 1924 Winter Olympic Games, is a quintessential resort area in the region.
After trekking, skiing, and living the French mountain dream head further south to the French Riviera for some much-needed rest and relaxation. Explore the resort town of Nice or enjoy the art capital of Aix-en-Provence.
France has it all. The fine rock spires that make up the French Alps are just one of the many ways to enjoy this diverse, rich country. Come trek through the French Alps with Adventure Alternative and see all of the awe and wonder France has to offer.