There are three main trails to hike through the Pyrenees. First the GR10, which goes from Banyuls-sur-Mer on the Mediterranean Sea to Hendaye on the Atlantic coast on the French side of the frontier. Second the GR11, also called Ruta Transpirenaica in Spain, is more or less parallel to the GR10 but on the Spanish side of the border. Third the Haute Randonnée Pyrénéenne (HRP), which is said to be more challenging than the GR10 or GR11, follows the border through mountains and passes.
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September 1878. Robert Louis Stevenson, 28, starts in Monastier-sur-Clermont a 12-days hiking trip that will become the GR®70, one of the most famous trail in France.
Tormented, heartbroken, the apprentice writer from Scotland intended to visit the mythical Cevennes he only knows from stories when he was a child: protestant, revolted and clandestine. But confused by old maps, he only entered the heart of the Cevennes 4 days before he arrived in Saint-Jean-du-Gard. His hiking trip bring him through the Velay, the Gevaudan and the Mont Lozere, from North to South.
The great crossing of Vercors (GTV in French for Grande Traversée du Vercors, do not mix up with TGV the French fast train!) is a set of trails by foot, mountain bike, horse, ski or snowshoes in the Natural Regional Park of the Vercors. But this article is about the great loop: 390 kilometers and 20 (+/-) days hike around the Vercors’ mountains and its variant through the Natural Reserve: 60 kilometers in 3 to 4 days. Here luxury lies in the natural simplicity of the surroundings and in the authentic scenery.
The GR5 is a 2 600 km hiking trail going from North Sea to Mediterranean Sea. Sometimes named E2 (European trails), it crosses the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France with some small sections going through Switzerland and Italy. This article will focus on its most famous part: the great crossing through the French Alps from lake Geneva to Nice. A must-do for hikers, probably one of the most rewarding hiking trip in the world.