When it comes to the variety of landscapes, France has a lot to offer : from the Mediterranean Côte d’Azur passing by the highest peaks of the Alps to Paris and the impressive cliffs of Normandy. How about spicing things up a little and discovering these beautiful places from the air by skydiving ?
We have made a selection of the 12 best skydiving spots in France: in front of the most beautiful waves, among the highest mountains of Europe or above a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We warn you, this article will not necessarily make your choice easier, as there are so many great skydiving spots in France!
Skydiving is an activity with extreme sensations that will leave you with a unique memory. Most people choose to experience skydiving in a tandem version, hooked to a skydiving instructor. The advantage of tandem skydiving is that it does not require any prior training. It is the ideal formula to discover the sensations of free fall without stress! For more details, check out our article on everything you need to know about tandem skydiving.
So why not give your life a boost with a skydiving experience over one of the most beautiful panoramas in France! Whether you’re an experienced skydiver or a beginner, jumping into the void in beautiful landscapes will make your jump even more memorable. Here is our selection of the best skydiving spots in France!
#1: Soulac-sur-Mer, near Bordeaux
And we start directly with the extraordinary spot of Soulac-Sur-Mer. This place near Bordeaux offers you an exceptional setting between land and sea, with a view on the most beautiful waves of France: the waves of the South-West. Soulac-Sur-Mer is at the same time part of the Côte d’Argent and the Côte de Beauté. And yes, the latter does not bear its name without reason… It is simply magnificent! What better place to discover the sensations of free fall?
In order to do a tandem parachute jump, you meet the instructors from the XLR Parachuting club at the aerodrome of La Runde, in Soulac-Sur-Mer. During the ascent in the plane, you will have a great view on the Atlantic Ocean and the Gironde, the river passing through Bordeaux. We can’t promise, however, that you will really enjoy the view, given the adrenaline rise in anticipation of the imminent free fall… But what we do guarantee is that the jump will be an awesome experience! And instead of choosing the classic parachute jump with landing on the drop zone, you can opt for an Ocean drop with landing on the beach, feet in the sand, for an even more exceptional experience!
This jump is unique because: you jump over the most beautiful waves of France and by choosing the Ocean Drop you’ll even land on the beach!
#2: Gap, in the Hautes-Alpes
Gap-Tallard is the biggest dropzone in France! It is undoubtedly THE reference for skydiving in France and a world-famous spot. Located in the Hautes-Alpes region, Gap has amazing weather most of the year, which allows you to jump in all seasons. You will jump between the summits of the Alpes-Maritimes with the snowy peaks of the Mercantour, and the Ecrins massif in the background. It’s magical!
The meeting point for your skydive in Gap is the Gap-Tallard Aerodrome. Throughout your jump you will be surrounded by a breathtaking panorama. With the Dévoluy to the north, the lake of Serre-Ponçon to the east and the mountain of Céüse to the west. The latter is also called “the flying saucer” because of the round and flat shape of its plateau, and it is particularly impressive to observe from the air. Its relief consists of a ledge which, seen from above, looks like a horseshoe. Sounds strange? Go and see it with your own eyes during your parachute jump above Gap.
This jump is unique because: it is the biggest drop zone in France. Jump among the summits of the Hautes-Alpes with snow-covered peaks until the end of June and contemplate the Céüse mountain from the air!
#3: Chambéry, Savoy
Between the massifs of the Bauges and the Chartreuse, in the northern Pre-Alps, lies the city of Chambéry. Former seat of the Dukes of Savoy, this prefecture of the Savoy department is an important cultural and economic center of the Alpine furrow. And in our opinion, it is one of the most beautiful places to jump out of an airplane! Why? Because the city is located near the Lac du Bourget, the largest natural lake of glacial origin entirely located in France and is surrounded by beautiful mountains.
Savoie Parachutisme offers both tandem jumps and Accelerated Free Fall training (so-called PAC in France). In both cases the dropzone is located at the Chambéry-Savoie Airport on the shores of Lake Bourget, about 10 km from Chambéry. You will jump almost above the lake and will have a breathtaking view on the Bauges and Chartreuse mountains, as well as on the Savoyard Alps on the horizon. You can enjoy it during the ascent, during the 50 seconds of freefall and during the 8 minutes of flight under canopy…
This jump is unique because: you are jumping over the biggest natural lake located in France, in the middle of the Alps. And in good weather, at 4000 m you can clearly see the Mont-Blanc to the east.
#4: Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Number 4 of our selection of the best skydiving spots in France takes us to Pau in the region of Pyrénées-Atlantiques. Between plains and mountains, this city of the southwest is an economic and cultural center, marked by history. Did you know that Henri IV was born here in 1553? Anyway, that’s obviously not the reason why we think it’s an ideal place to skydive. It is rather the extraordinary panorama of the Pyrenees!
From the Lasclaveries Aerodrome, 25 km from Pau, the Skydive Pau club offers you tandem skydiving as well as an accelerated free fall training. The professionals of the club will make you discover this extreme sport with confidence. In addition to the strong sensations, we promise you breathtaking views! And you won’t be disappointed, because during this experience you will be able to admire the Pic du Midi d’Ossau and all the Pyrenees at a height of 4000 m.
This jump is unique because: during the jump, you’ll have an exceptional view of the Pyrenees!
#5: Propriano, Corsica
The next spot brings us to Corsica, because skydiving on a paradise-like island clearly deserves to be on this list. Between sea and land, the island of beauty is known for its superb and wild landscapes as well as its Mediterranean character. Propriano, a port city on the west coast of the island, is one of the most famous resorts in Corsica and known for its white sandy beaches and turquoise water bay – an exceptional setting to experience the thrill of skydiving!
The Valinco skydiving school offers tandem skydiving as well as Accelerated free fall training and initiation jumps, but only in summer. The Tavaria Aerodrome is less than a 10 minutes drive from Propriano. You know the schedule: briefing, equipment, boarding the plane, jump and fifty seconds of free fall later, you will fly under the canopy. At this moment, still filled with thrills and adrenaline, you will be able to admire the splendid view that is offered to you: wonderful beaches with translucent water at your feet and the mountains of South Corsica on the horizon. And how about landing on a sandy beach?
This jump is unique because: you will jump over the paradise-like beaches of the bay of Propriano and see the peaks of the Bavella mountains in the background. And, with a bit of luck, land on the white sandy beach!
#6: Le Havre, Normandy
As for the best skydiving spots in France, you will also find your luck near Le Havre in Normandy. The Normandy coast is known for its majestic cliffs of an impressive verticality overlooking the English Channel. The most visited is undoubtedly the cliff of Aval in Étretat, cliff with a natural arch! And not far away, on the other side of the Seine estuary, are the wide D-Day beaches as well as Honfleur, a historic port city, and the seaside resorts Deauville and Trouville that are very popular with Parisians.
Skydiving over this region is quite spectacular, and clearly an unusual way to discover Normandy! Le Havre-Octeville airport is located near the seaside, a 15 minutes drive from Le Havre’s city center. During the jump you will enjoy on one side a view of the English Channel with the coastline and on the other side the land towards the Port of Le Havre and the D-Day beaches. Once landed, you will not only receive your diploma, but also a T-Shirt that will remind you of your skydiving experience in Le Havre.
This jump is unique because: you jump over the cliffs of Etretat, typical of Normandy, with the D-Day landing beaches in the background to the south.
#7: Domme, Dordogne
Heading to Dordogne for another skydiving spot in France that deserves to be in our list. Located in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, this department owes its name and its unique landscape to the river that runs through it. Spectacular cliffs along the Dordogne River and numerous medieval towns and villages such as Sarlat, Rocamadour (yes, this is where the cheese of the same name comes from) and Roque-Gageac characterize the region.
Many visitors decide to explore the Dordogne region by canoe. A very nice experience, but we promised you adrenaline! That’s why we suggest you admire the magnificent Dordogne valley, a biosphere reserve with several UNESCO world heritage sites, from the air.
The departure for this tandem skydive in Dordogne is from the Sarlat-Domme airfield, 10 minutes drive from the medieval village of Domme. You now know the sequence of the jump: briefing, equipment, boarding the plane, the big jump, 45 seconds of pure adrenaline and then 5 to 10 minutes of flight under canopy to admire the beautiful valley of the Dordogne and its many castles! After the thrills, you will need some energy: enjoy the gastronomic wealth of the Dordogne between good wines, foie gras, confit, truffles, and of course the famous Rocamadour.
This jump is unique because: you jump over the river Dordogne, medieval villages and castles, surrounded by green forests as far as the eye can see.
#8: Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel, Normandy
https://www.manawa.com/en-GB/activity/france/mont-saint-michel/skydiving/tandem-skydiving-above-the-mont-saint-michel/9748Jumping over one of the most visited monuments in France (or even in the world) is the reason why the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel is part of our list of the best skydiving spots in France! The Mont-Saint-Michel, with its Abbey and its outbuildings erected on a rocky islet, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the bay surrounding it, you can observe the highest tides in continental Europe – up to 15 meters difference between high and low tide. A spectacular setting to do a skydiving jump!
The tandem skydiving at Mont-Saint-Michel starts from the little airport in Val-Saint-Père, less than twenty kilometres from the bay. From take-off to landing, you will have a sublime view on the Mont-Saint-Michel and the bay, until Cancale and the Pointe du Groin. It’s hard to find a spot as impressive as this one for a free-fall experience!
This jump is unique because: you jump above the sublime Mont-Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
#9: Ile d’Oléron, South-West
Here is a another French island that deserves to be discovered from the sky: the island of Oléron. Off the coast of Charente-Maritime, the largest island in mainland France after Corsica is known for its high level of sunshine and is therefore very popular with visitors from April to September. The other reason for Oleron’s popularity? Thanks to the good land and water conditions, the island produces some of the best oysters in France.
But we want to talk about adrenaline here! Opposite the island is the Marennes Aerodrome, from where the plane will take off to bring you to an altitude of 3500 meters. Although you will be jumping at a lower altitude than at other spots, you will still have 45 seconds of free-fall because you will be landing at altitude 0 (sea level). During your skydive in front of the island of Oleron you will have a magical view of the Marennes basin, the island, as well as the Atlantic Ocean.
This jump is unique because: you jump over the second-largest island in mainland France, the island of Oleron.
#10: Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Haute-Savoie
Mythical alpine town, host of the first Winter Olympics in 1924 and the highest town in France, if not in Western Europe… Of course we are talking about Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. And the reason why this village is part of our selection of the best skydiving spots in France goes without saying: jumping among the highest mountains in Europe!
As you know, when skydiving you jump from around 4000 metres, sometimes a little higher. In Chamonix you will be jumping in the middle of the valley, at about the same height as Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps. This means that during the free fall phase, you will see the mountains “rise” to the right and left of you as you fall into the centre of the valley. This way you will really realize that you are falling. It’s a unique sensation, and specific to Chamonix, because when jumping over a plain you don’t have such a reference point.
The Mont Blanc Skydive school organises helicopter tandem skydives from the small village of Argentières, a few kilometres down the Chamonix valley. Once your canopy is open, you will be able to fully enjoy the magnificent view of the Mont-Blanc range and the Aiguilles Rouges. The jumping site is located vertically above Les Praz, so you will also have an incredible view of the mythical Mer de Glace.
This jump is unique because: you almost jump “on” Mont Blanc, with one of the most beautiful panoramas in the world. The mountains will “rise” around you during the fall, a unique and rare experience! For the same price, you also get a sublime panoramic helicopter flight.
#11: Vannes, Morbihan
From the Alps to Brittany, more precisely to the Gulf of Morbihan! The city of Vannes is the economic centre of Lower Brittany and attracts many visitors. On the one hand for its historical heart surrounded by medieval ramparts, on the other hand because Vannes is the guardian city of the magnificent Gulf of Morbihan! In Breton “Mor bihan” means little sea. And it is indeed a small sea with a length of 20 km and several small islands such as the Île-aux-Moines or the Île d’Arz.
Skydiving over the Gulf of Morbihan, its islands and its sublime landscapes is a breathtaking experience – because of the adrenaline or the view, we let you judge for yourself! With Aero Tandem Celtic you can do a tandem skydive from Monterblanc Aerodrome, a 20-minute drive from Vannes. The same school also offers jumps in Dinan or Ouessant, still in Brittany.
This jump is unique because: you’ll be jumping over the beautiful Gulf of Morbihan and its many islands.
#12: Péronne, près de Paris
The Alps, the South West, the Region of Dordogne… but where can you do a tandem skydive near Paris? The closest drop zone to Paris is undoubtedly Péronne, in the department of Somme, in the north-east and less than 130 km from the capital. However, the proximity to Paris is not the only reason why we list this spot.
By deciding to tandem skydive from the airfield of Péronne Saint-Quentin you are assured of an excellent quality of service, in addition to the basic professional infrastructure and equipment. And you can also do the Accelerated Free Fall training in Péronne.
Another drop zone near Paris, this time to the south-east, is in Saint-Florentin, in the Yonne department. Just like in Péronne, you can do Accelerated Free Fall training as well as a tandem skydive in Saint-Florentin.
This jump is unique because: the dropzones in the region are close enough to organise a last minute jump and spice up your city break in Paris.
And you, where will you skydive?
That’s it, we’ve given you 12 great skydiving spots in France, each with a breathtaking view and unique features. Now it’s up to you to choose where you want to do the big jump.
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