Stand up paddle is a sport that has grown enormously; it will allow you to be fit, have fun and be in contact with nature. But where to paddle in France? No matter where you live, whether you are near the sea, a lake, a pond (watch out for mosquitoes!) or a river, there is a SUP spot for you.
But where to practice paddle in France?
This is the question that everyone asks themselves every time they decide to take out their board, here is a selection of fun spots to stand up paddle (and possibly go on holiday 😉).
SUP spot in the sea
In Corsica, France
If you are in Corsica this summer, take a look around Palombaggia beach. Considered one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, the beach offers an idyllic environment, crystal clear water, a carpet of white sand and maritime pines. The dream! One of the best places to paddle and see the sunsets: the sea, an ideal place to learn but also to progress and have fun.
Another place is the Piantarelle lagoon in Bonifacio. The walks allow you to discover the Lavezzi Islands or the caves and cliffs under Pertusato in unique conditions!
To be done without waiting!
In the South East of France
Ideal if you want to go out with friends, family or solo. Agay Bay. Sail along the Corniche de l’Estérel and its red rhyolite rocks characteristic of the region.
Cap d’Antibes, a peninsula located south of Antibes and east of Juan-les-Pins, on the Côte d’Azur in France. Near Anse de l’Argent Faux and Villa Eilenroc, on the coastal path at the beginning of Juan-les-Pins. It is not very well built, thanks to its luxury villas.
It is advisable to leave the fishermen’s beach in the old Antibes and return at sunset.
A dream landscape, a nature at its best. A splendid day ahead!
In the South West of France
Come and discover the stand-up paddle on the Arcachon Bay, you will discover the Arcachon coast… You can also discover the oyster farming parks and ports of the Arcachon Bay, listen to their stories, enjoy the scenery.
Unlike Hendaye Bay, which often has waves and strong currents, Txingudi Bay in the Basque Country is completely preserved. You can practice stand-up paddle in a quiet lake near the Port of Caneta.
Standing on the water you will have an atypical view of the very diverse marine fauna and flora in the Bay of Kernic (made famous by Yann Arthus-Bertrand). You will enjoy the exceptional beauty and calm of the wild shores of Finistère.
Stand up paddling in a lake
Close to the town centre of Hossegor in the Landes and its beautiful shops, Hossegor lake enjoys an ideal location where many people gather to practice a wide range of sporting activities. The stand up paddle is the ideal activity to admire the surrounding nature but also the splendid Landes villas.
Lake of Sainte-Croix, France
Between the Alpes de Haute Provence and the Var, the construction of a dam on the Verdon river has led to the birth of one of the most beautiful lakes in Provence: Lake of Sainte-Croix. In a wooded setting, with the hills of the Haut Var, the Valensole plateau or the Gorges du Verdon as a backdrop, in the scents of lavender, thyme and rosemary, awaits you a clear and pure body of water, with jealously protected quality and 300 days of sunshine per year!
Fed by mountain springs, Lake Annecy in Haute-Savoie is known for its clean water. Between the massif des Bornes and the massif des Bauges you can observe a preserved nature of great beauty.
Stand up paddle in the river
From Lannion, the departure can be made in the city centre (at high tide). A varied itinerary, passing under bridges, between boats, along the forest, in small ports,… and finally an arrival on Beg-Léguer beach. Impressive contrast.
From Vallon Pont d’Arc, the descent is 24 kms in the Ardèche reserve. The difficulty depends on the water level: succession of small class II rapids.
During the trip, the possibility of bivouacing offers the opportunity for a 2-day descent. However, it will be necessary to avoid the southerly wind.
Extreme descent in Morbihan
A hardcore and very technical course in the currents of the Gulf of Morbihan, starting from Arzon, but magnificent between the landscapes, the megalithic sites, the well-managed sailing boats, the villages.
Expert only. This course is very dangerous with some of the strongest currents in Europe. The large eddies eject from the board and attract to the bottom. There is a lot of boat traffic too. So this course is for really experienced swimmers with big fast boards (style 12’6) and very good swimmers.
Paddling in France can take you on holiday. Follow your desires, take your board, don’t forget your paddle and enjoy!