Thinking about joining a whitewater rafting trip in France? France beckons millions of visitors each year with an astonishing array of attractions: first-class wine, historic architecture, gastronomy, fashion, and . . .river sports. For people wanting a break from the hordes of tourists and seeking natural—rather than man-made wonders—a whitewater rafting trip in France is the answer.
France has literally hundreds of rivers, but those most suited for whitewater rafting trips tend to be concentrated in the South. “Departements” or regions like Pyrennees-Atlantiques, Ardeche, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, and the Rhone-Alps offer opportunities for families and novice rafters as well as challenging runs for more experienced river runners.