Paddleboarding Holidays in France

by | Nov 25, 2020

One of the world’s leading tourist destinations, France is situated in the middle of western Europe, bordering on all the countries in the region, namely, Spain, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, and over the straits of Dover, the UK.

As a country, France offers an incredible and interesting historical past and probably one of the most diverse natural environments of any country in Europe. Tourist attractions include the prehistoric sites of Cro Magnon to the steel and glass of the Futuroscope, they include fine remnants of all European civilisations, from the Roman remains of Provence to the prehistoric megaliths of Carnac, not forgetting the amazing medieval castles and cathedrals, and the splendours of Versailles or the Eiffel Tower.

Paddle Board The Dordogne River

Dordogne River Paddleboarding Holiday

Many of the canoe operators in the Dordogne Valley area now offer stand up paddle boarding and the beautiful Dordogne is a perfect river to get started on not only is it a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve it is also the cleanest river in France, its pristine waters are sheltered and calm with a gentle current in the summer months. The area also boasts some lovely lakes such as the Lac du Coiroux, making it a perfect region for beginners to visit and hone their skills. For the more experienced, the faster moving waters near Argentat-sur-Dordogne offer more excitement. Once you make your way passed Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne the current once again eases, paddling past the magnificent châteaux, shear limestone cliffs and quaint villages dotting the riverbanks. Along the route you will also find yourself paddling beneath some interesting bridges, such as the Iron suspension bridge in Gluges or the lovely single lane bridge of Floirac.

Paddle Board around Porquerolles and Giens

Paddle Board around Porquerolles and Giens

Whisking you away to a truly secret spot, known only to your guides, Axel and Seb. After a brief introduction and warm-up, we take our first few paddle strokes in a beautiful safe and tranquil bay. Once acquainted with the equipment, we set out to explore and discover the surrounding beaches, with their breathtaking azure waters, rugged natural coves, some tranquil snorkelling and of course some tasty snacks. A highlight of this region, however, is not to be found on land. In 1971, the French government purchased 80 percent of Porquerolles, stopping any further development, with a large portion of the island now part of the Port-Cros National Park, the first maritime park found in Europe.

Paddle Nice’s Beautiful Waters

Paddleboard Beautiful Water Nice
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Starting with a quick beginners demonstration making sure everyone is comfortable with their paddleboard, your professional guide will take you through an exciting itinerary, filled with interesting geographical and geological incites, cultural anecdotes, environmental awareness and discovery of the unique flora and fauna. Whether you choose the half or full day tour, there is nothing better than an escape to the wild to explore some of the best coastal coastal routes following the jagged shoreline and its intriguing caves, creeks and picturesque beaches around the capes of the French Riviera. A special opportunity to swim in usually inaccessible spots, enjoying the turquoise blue colours of the lagoons and sea enjoying sights of Corsica, Sardinia or Carribean. Full day bookings see you exploring the most beautiful islands and inlets of the French Riviera. With the possibility to visit many historical sites such as the Royal Prison, the Citadel, and our beautiful Protected Nature Park to name a few. Not forgetting a chance to visit the vineyards and sample some of the excellent local wines and produce.

Sunset Paddle – Pampelonne beach – Cap Camarat

Pampelonne beach - Cap Camarat

A running evening paddle session to enjoy the most exquisite sunsets of Pampelonne. With a nice meandering paddle before reaching a great rock jumping spot for the intrepid adrenaline seeker, check your bravery as you leap off the 3 metre high rock into the ocean below. With a gorgeous Petit rosé offered for adults and some tasty juice for little ones, an offering to Cape Camarat (the guardian of the nature reserve) in the heart of the Port Cros National Park.

Sit back and enjoy the most beautiful sunset over the peninsula of Saint-Tropez. Swimming and jumping (if you feel up to it. A fantastic way to end your day.

Paddle The Bassin d’Arcachon

Paddle The Bassin d'Arcachon

Come on over and discover the sumptuous landscapes of the Bassin d’Arcachon on your standup paddle board, explore the Dune du Pyla, Banc d’Arguin, and the many beaches at the entrance of the basin. Paddling along the stunning Arcachon Bay. Included in this tour is some great training to get you comfortable on your craft, knowledge of the environment and some friendly assistance on the way. This tour is great for the whole family. Suitable for kids from 5 years old (accompanied). A 2 hour excursion, boasting a minimum of 1.5 hours for exploration. Highlights of this tour include, the Great Dune of Pilat, La Teste-de-Buch France, Arcachon Bay, Arcachon Bay, Gironde, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Banc D’arguin, 33115 Pyla-sur-Mer France, Pyla-sur-Mer, Pyla-sur-Mer, Gironde, Nouvelle-Aquitaine,Plage du Petit Nice, Rte d’Arcachon a Biscarrosse and 33115 Pyla-sur-Mer France.

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