Cycling Holidays, Golf in France, Hiking and More
Historians believe that archery was in existence from 20,000BC. Originally used by huntsmen, this sport is now world renown - and has appeared in all the Olympic Games since 1972. With modern technology today's arrows can reach over 240km per hour! This sport is highly regarded for its precision and technique.
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France hosts the world's main cycle race every year, the Tour de France. Started in 1903 this 23 day race is watched by millions. With a large number of quiet rural roads, this sport is also popular with familiy holidays. With such beautiful scenary and well kept cycling routes; it's no wonder why many choose to discover France by bike.
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France is home of Europe's first 18-hole golf course, laid out in Pau in 1856. With more than 650 golf courses the professional and amateur alike has a wealth of choice. Be it Morfontaine, North of Paris, or Sperone in Corsica; one is sure to find a course to suit.
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Enthusiasts regard hiking as the best way to see nature. With a multitude of randonnies, or trails, throughout France it is an ideal location to begin any ramble. There are three types of trails in France: the long-distance grandes randonnies (GR), regional randonnies and local trails. From the Alps, to the Alsace, France boasts a variety of terrain.
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The winding paths and breathtaking scenary make France an equestrian haven. With unspoiled countryside, inclusive of public rights-of-way, trekking through France can be a real treat for both horse and rider. Imagine trotting through the gates of a medieval castle, or cantering past the vineyards of Alsace.
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There are six main types of mountain biking: cross country, dirt jump, downhill, freeride, speed cross and trials riding. France has a number of organised mountain biking tour operators, and if you're not faint-hearted you could find yourself conquering the slopes of Mont Blanc on your next vacation.
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The South of France is one of the best places for rock climbing in Europe. With rock faces in Ceüse, the Ardèche and Buoux some of the best rock formations and crags in Europe can be found here.
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France holds the Les Internationaux de France de Roland Garros, or French Open, between mid-May and early June in Paris every year. With infamous red courts it is often more difficult to win through powerful serves alone, and is a very different game to lawn tennis. With its own Federation, The French Tennis Federation (FFT), tennis is actively promoted throughout France.
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