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Best Outdoor Activities in Champagne & Brie Region

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Located a little off Route D607, a clearing in Fontainebleau occupies a dense concentration of huge boulders. While they may appear strange in their oddly shaped forms, they make some of the best spots in town for rock climbing. Its convenient proximity to town, and its varying difficulty levels attract both amateur and professional climbers from in and around the city.

Located just 60 kilometers (40 miles) southeast of Paris, Forêt de Fontainebleau is visited by an average of 13 million visitors each year. Spread across an area of 250 square kilometers (97 square miles), the forest is dotted with oak, pine and beech trees. The forest is also known for its unusual rock formations and promontories that offer views of Franchard Gorges. Once the royal hunting grounds in pre-renaissance times, the area and its many hiking, horseback riding, and cycling trails are now enjoyed by all. Nature lovers can relish the chance to spot some exotic species of birds such as the Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap and Chiffchaff. The grandiose of the nearby Château de Fontainebleau, one of the largest royal châteaux in France is an unmissable attraction near the forests.

Lac du Der has become an increasingly popular destination for families and groups looking to have a little fun either in the water, hiking in the woods or participating in any number of events and sports offered nearby. Fishing is a fun activity that you will find many families partaking in while there are some incredibly picturesque hikes around the lake that make a great activity. For the more adventurous family, there are options of horseback riding, jet skiing, sailing, and biking. The bird migration here has also become quite a spectacle and is beloved by bird watchers and enthusiasts from all over the world.

France is synonymous with cheese and sparkling wine and one of its popular vineyards is the Montagne de Reims Regional Natural Park. The park is confined by a wooded area in the Montagne de Reims hills and has beautiful vineyards that produce some of the best champagne in the world. Along with vines, the place also has a wide variety of endemic and delicate species of flora and fauna. The natural park, also known as Parc naturel régional de la Montagne de Reims, is thus under protection by the state in the Champagne-Ardenne region.

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