To describe the French Alps invites every conceivable superlative: titanic peaks, ice-white glaciers and sparkling sapphire lakes, but to see them firsthand will leave you speechless. However, as the part of the largest mountain chain in Europe, it is sometimes hard to know where to start when it comes to walking holidays, especially if you haven’t spent years doing the skiing scene. Stretching from one massif into another along the east of France, bordering Switzerland and Italy, they are divided into two regions. First, the Rhône-Alpes, which include some of the famous hiking and winter walking spots, such as Chamonix, the Giffre Valley, Haute-Savoie and Ecrins National Park. Second, the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, stretching further south towards the Mediterrean, with exhilarating expeditions to be had in places like the Mercantour National Park, the Riviera, the Verdon Gorges and the Luberon.
Such giant swathes of mountain landscapes result in a wide array of climate, flora and fauna, meaning that you could take hiking holidays in the Alps once a year for the rest of your life and still experience new culture, creatures, cuisine and colossal canvases, making them one of our top walking holidays in France.