8 Short Hikes to explore in France
France, including its overseas territories, has the most number of time zones with a total of 12 time zones. France has long been a global center of art, science, and philosophy. It hosts the world's fourth-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is the leading tourist destination, receiving around 83 million foreign visitors annually.
The Chaîne des Alpilles is a narrow range of low mountains in southern France. The highest areas of the range are a nature reserve occupied by a variety of endangered birds, including the eagle of Bonelli, the vulture of Egypt and the eagle owl.
Located just south of the village of Vaison-la-Romaine, the Dentelles de Montmirail is a small mountain chain in France. St-Amand, at 734 meters, is the highest peak of the Dentelles. The range offers over 600 trails for hiking, rock climbing, and mountain biking.
The Luberon is a massif in central Provence in Southern France. It has a maximum elevation of 1,256 meters and an area of about 600 square kilometers. It is a favourite destination for French high society and British and American visitors because of the pleasant and picturesque towns and villages, comfortable way of life, agricultural wealth, historical and cultural associations, as well as hiking trails.
It is the highest mountain in the region and also known as the "Beast of Provence".The land offers a magnificent view of vineyards, orchards, and lavender, where people like to settle down for the holidays. It is also a sports lover's Elysium, with the challenge of climbing the Mount, as well as cycling, or hiking.
The Piton des Neiges is the highest point on Réunion and is considered to be the highest point in the Indian Ocean. The volcano has been inactive for 20,000 years and is surrounded by three massive crater valleys, the Cirques. It is a well known hiking destination,and a perfect place to explore wonderful, unspoilt nature.
The Verdon Gorge is an inspiring canyon in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence region of France. It was formed by the Verdon River, which is named for its turquoise-green color, one of the location's distinguishing characteristics. The gorge is very popular with tourists, who can drive around its rim, rent kayaks to travel on the river, or hike.