14 skydiving spots in France

Saut en parachute tandem

    Discover the French countryside from the air during a skydiving session in France. Adrenalin and thrills guaranteed!

    Between sea and mountains, coastline and wooded hills, verdant plains and vast forests… France is a country of diverse landscapes, distinguished by their beauty and authenticity. For adrenalin-seeking thrill-seekers, contemplating these panoramas from the air sounds like a truly formidable experience. Are you ready? Put on your skydiving gear, and Generation Voyage will take you on a tour of the must-do skydiving spots in France!

    Great East

    Near Strasbourg

    Saut en Parachute en France Haguenau

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    ? From €280

    ? Medical certificate: mandatory

    Time required: half a day

    ?‍? Suitable for people with reduced mobility

    Parachute jumping is a sport that, fortunately, can be practiced anywhere in France. This type of activity, listed in particular by Sport Découverte, combines fun and exploration. So let’s start this tour of France by parachute at one ofAlsace’ s most popular spots: Haguenau airfield. Located just thirty minutes from Strasbourg, the airfield is renowned for its ultra-qualified team of professionals, with thousands of jumps to their credit.

    What to expect

    The program includes a fifteen-minute briefing with the team on jumping techniques. Then board the Cessna 208 or 206 aircraft for a twenty-minute flight to an altitude of over 4,000m.

    Once up there, unbuckle your seatbelt and get ready for one of the most sensational experiences of your life. Here you are, free-falling at 200km/h for one minute. When you reach an altitude of 1,500m, the instructor opens the parachute so you can admire the surrounding scenery. A panorama like no other awaits you: vast green spaces as far as the eye can see. You’re in the heart of the Haguenau forest, which covers over 13,000 hectares. Open your eyes wide and you might just catch a glimpse ofGermany!

    Once back down, you’ll have to return your equipment to the professional team. Luckily, your instructor filmed your fall. You can then purchase the video to preserve your unique and exceptional memories.

    Practical information:

  • Only individuals over 15 years old and 1m30 tall will be allowed to participate in the activity;
  • A maximum weight of 90kg is required for this jump.

New Aquitaine

Near Bordeaux

Saut en parachute en France Dune du Pilat

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From €285

Medical certificate: compulsory for over-60s

⏳Timerequired: minimum 2h on site

?‍Suitable for people with reduced mobility

After the green spaces of the Grand Est, head for the beaches of the South-West at L’Aérodrome d’Arcachon-La Teste-de-Buch, the ideal spot for a parachute jump in France. After an intense 30 minutes, including briefing and flight in a Pilatus-type aircraft, you’ll find yourself 4,000m above the Atlantic Ocean.

What to expect

Launch yourself into the air for a freefall of about one minute at over 200km/h. Once you’ve reached an altitude of 1,500 m, the instructor opens the glider. For a few minutes, you’ll be able to take in the scenery all around you. From the Bassin d’Arcachon to the Atlantic Ocean, via the famous Dune du Pilat and Île aux Oiseaux, the South-West of France offers an unrivalled spectacle. Naturally, your instructor will film your flight to capture this extraordinary experience.

The plus of the activity

The Aérodrome d’Arcachon-La Teste-de-Buch offers tandem flights for several people. The Pilatus aircraft can accommodate up to four people at the same time. It’s the perfect opportunity to share an unforgettable moment with family and friends!

Practical information:

  • Only individuals over 15 years old and 1m40 tall will be allowed to take part in the activity;
  • A maximum weight of 95kg for men and 80kg for women is required for this jump;
  • This activity is only available from March to November.

Pau

Pyrénées Atlantique Parachute

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From €260

Medical certificate: mandatory, less than 6 months old

⏳Timerequired: half a day

The Lasclaveries aerodrome in the Pyrénées Atlantiques is the ideal location for a skydiving experience in France. Soar over the Pyrenean mountains with a team of state-certified professional skydiving instructors.

What to expect

They’ll brief you on arrival, so you can learn all the techniques you’ll need for a successful jump. Once you’ve reached an altitude of 4,000 m, jump from the plane into the void and enjoy the intense sensations of free-falling for around 50 seconds at 200 km/hour. To recover from these emotions, the instructor will open the glider for 7 minutes, so that you can revel in the spectacle before you. Surrounded by snow-capped or green mountains, breathe and relax in this magical setting, captured by your instructor’s camera.

Practical information:

  • Only individuals over the age of 15 will be allowed to take part in the activity;
  • A maximum weight of 90kg is required for this jump;
  • This activity is only available from March to December.

Sarlat

Saut en parachute Sarlat

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From €265

Medical certificate: mandatory for over-50s, less than 6 months old

⏳ Timerequired: half a day

Sarlat is a small town in the Dordogne department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of France. The Dordogne valley, picturesque landscapes, cliffs and ancient castles are well worth a visit. Generation Voyage invites you to take a more original look at this region… from the air.

What to expect

Off to the Sarlat aerodrome, where you’ll be greeted by a team of professionals. After a 20-minute briefing on the ground, you’ll arrive at an altitude of 3,500 m, ready to make the big jump. Then it’s off for a 40-second plunge at over 200km/h. During the remaining 3 to 7 minutes of flight, you can enjoy the spectacular scenery from the skies over the Périgord Noir. And if you wish, you can pick up your souvenir video at the end of the activity!

Practical information:

  • Only individuals over the age of 15 will be allowed to take part in the activity;
  • A maximum weight of 90kg is required for this jump;
  • This activity is only available from May to November.

Occitanie

Near Toulouse

Albi PArachute

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From €249

Medical certificate: mandatory, less than 3 months old

⏳Timerequired: half a day

?‍Suitable for people with reduced mobility

For the most impressive skydiving adventure in France, visitAlbi Aerodrome. Located an hour from Toulouse, it welcomes you from March to December, weather permitting.

What to expect

Once you’ve prepared yourself, you’ll attend a briefing given by the team of professionals on site. Board the plane and take off across the Tarn. Once you’ve reached an altitude of 3,000 m, the door opens… It’s time to go!

Experience the thrill of a 50-second drop at 200km/h. The rest of the descent is smoother after the instructor opens the canopy, allowing you to take in the surrounding scenery. For just over 5 minutes, you can admire the sloping hills, the mountains and the charming town of Albi. For even more fun and excitement, the instructor will even let you pilot the canopy like a real skydiving pro!

Practical information:

  • Only individuals over the age of 15 will be allowed to participate in the activity;
  • A maximum weight of 95kg for men and 80kg for women is required to perform this jump.

Montpellier

Parachute Montpellier

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From €275

Medical certificate: mandatory, less than 3 months old

⏳Timerequired: half a day

Make your way to Montpellier-Candillargues aerodrome, one of the most popular spots in the Occitanie region. It’s ideal for skydiving in France. The professional team is very welcoming and guarantees you an unforgettable experience.

What to expect

Equipment handover, preparation, 15-minute briefing… Now you’re ready for takeoff. The plane takes you to an altitude of 4,000m. From up there, you can already take in the marvellous scenery. The adrenalin’s pumping, your heart’s pounding: now’s the time! Soar through the air for around 40 seconds and enjoy the unique sensations of freefall.

After this emotional moment, the instructor deploys the parachute. You can finally take a breath and enjoy the magnificent panorama all around you. Below you, the Camargue National Park, between greenery and salt water. In this postcard landscape, there’s only one thing to do: enjoy. Perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to meet a pink flamingo during your flight!

Practical information:

  • Only individuals over the age of 15 will be allowed to take part in the activity;
  • A maximum weight of 90kg is required for this jump.

Île de France

Unfortunately, the Île de France region doesn’t have any airfields where you can skydive. However, just a few hours’ drive away, the Aérodrome du Mans-Arnage in the Sarthe département welcomes you for a skydiving session. You can also choose to do this activity at theAérodrome de Montargis-Vimory, just a few hours from the Paris region.

Pays de la Loire

Le Mans

Le Mans Parachute

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From €300

Medical certificate: compulsory for under 15s and over 50s

⏳ Timerequired: half a day

Let’s move on to Le Mans airfield, one of France’s premier skydiving spots. The professional team allows two-person flights: for even more fun, you can jump in the company of a friend, family member or significant other.

What to expect

As at all airfields, a ground briefing is essential before takeoff, to familiarize you with flight conditions and procedures. Then climb into the Cessna 182 and take off for the great outdoors! The higher the plane climbs, the greater the adrenalin and the greater the sensations! At an altitude of 3,000 m, get ready for the big jump.

After the 35-second freefall at 200km/h, the instructor opens the parachute and lets you take in the breathtaking panoramic views. Fields stretch as far as the eye can see: what a marvel! On arrival, you can pick up the video of your jump, carefully filmed by your instructor.

Practical information:

  • Only individuals over 1m30 tall will be allowed to take part in the activity;
  • A maximum dressed weight of 85kg is required for this jump;
  • This activity is not available from April to June and from September to October on Saturdays and Sundays.

Center Val de Loire

Blois

Blois parachute

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From €285

Medical certificate: compulsory for under 15s and over 60s

⏳ Timerequired: half a day

Head for Blois and its airfield for an extraordinary skydiving session in France. Who hasn’t dreamed of flying over the magnificent Centre Val de Loire region and admiring its castles from the sky?

What to expect

After being welcomed by DGAC-certified instructors, you attend the briefing. Open your ears and listen carefully to the instructors’ advice on how to make the most of your jump.

Then board the plane, which takes you to an altitude of 3,000m. From here, your 30-second freefall at 200km/h begins. The instructor deploys the canopy at a height of 1,500m, so you can enjoy 5 minutes of gentle descent and take in the aerial scenery. From your place high above the ground, you’re sure to catch a glimpse of some of the famous Châteaux of the Loire Valley!

Practical information:

  • Only individuals over 13 years of age will be allowed to participate in the activity;
  • A maximum weight of 90kg is required for this jump.

NearOrleans

Orléans saut en parachute en France

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From €270

Medical certificate: compulsory for over-50s and minors

⏳Timerequired: half a day

Take off now for a beautiful aerial journey in the Cessna aircraft from the Aérodrome de Montargis-Vimory. Located just one hour from Orléans, it’s the perfect spot for a skydiving experience in France. After following the usual ground procedure, climb into the air and reach an altitude of 3,000m.

What to expect

Once up there, all you have to do is follow your instructor and launch yourself into the void. The next 40 seconds are full of exceptional sensations. As soon as you’ve reached 1,500m, your instructor opens the glider. This is the moment for you to contemplate the surrounding landscape. Vast forests give way to the green fields and meadows that make the region so beautiful and unique.

Practical information:

  • Only individuals aged between 15 and 50 and measuring over 1m40 will be allowed to take part in the activity;
  • A maximum weight of 85kg for men and 75kg for women is required for this jump;
  • This activity takes place from March to December.

Burgundy Franche-Comté

Dijon

Dijon Parachute

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From €275

Medical certificate: mandatory, less than 6 months old

⏳Timerequired: half a day

World-famous for its gastronomy, Burgundy Franche-Comté is also renowned for the beauty of its landscapes. Generation Voyage invites you to discover them from the air on a skydiving session.

What to expect

Take part in a 30-minute briefing on the ground, then climb aboard the plane, which will take you to an altitude of over 4,000m for your jump. Once you’ve reached the top, brace yourself and take to the skies with your instructor, who will be filming the flight with an on-board camera.

Once the parachute canopy has been opened, you’ll take a leisurely 5-minute descent to the airfield. Take advantage of this moment to observe the vast expanse of green just beneath your feet, dotted with charming little villages nestled between vineyards. Thrills and dazzling panoramas guaranteed!

Practical information:

  • Only individuals over 1m40 will be allowed to participate in the activity;
  • A maximum weight of 95kg for men and 85kg for women is required for this jump;
  • This activity takes place from April to October.

Hauts de France

Near Lille

Lille Saut en parachute en France

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From €270

Medical certificate: mandatory, less than 6 months old

⏳Timerequired: half a day

Come and take part in an unforgettable skydiving experience at one of the best spots in Northern France: Merville Airport. Located 40 minutes from Lille, it promises an exceptional activity. Climb aboard a plane after being briefed by experienced instructors.

What to expect

You reach 4,000m altitude after 15 minutes of flight. Then it’s time to take the plunge: don’t think about anything else, get rid of the stress and take the plunge! You won’t forget that 200km/h drop, even though it only lasts about 50 seconds! While you’re jumping, remember to look around you! Between lush green meadows and urban landscapes, you’ll get an eyeful.

Practical information:

  • Only individuals over the age of 15 will be allowed to participate in the activity;
  • A maximum weight of 90kg is required for this jump;
  • This activity takes place from April to October.

Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Saint-Tropez

Saut en parachute en france Saint-Tropez

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From €360

Medical certificate: mandatory

⏳Timerequired: half a day

If the weather in Lille doesn’t appeal to you, why not opt for a skydiving session in France under the southern sun? The scenery you’ll be able to see from the air is quite simply unrivalled: green mountains plunge into the turquoise sea, boats abound on the water, white sandy beaches merge with majestic rocks.

What to expect

An unforgettable experience awaits you! Head for the Saint-Tropez aerodrome. After being briefed by the on-site team of instructors, board the plane for a 40-second plunge at 200km/h over the Var. Let yourself go, but don’t close your eyes! A video of your flight will be available on your return to earth.

Practical information:

  • Only individuals over 15 years old and 1m30 tall will be allowed to participate in the activity;
  • A maximum weight of 95kg is required for this jump;
  • This activity is only available in November.

Normandy

Near Mont Saint-Michel

Le phénomène des marées du Mont Saint-Michel

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From €373

Medical certificate: compulsory for minors, people over 50 and people with a medical history.

⏳ Timerequired: half a day

A real favorite with skydivers, Mont Saint-Michel and its bay are one of France’s must-see skydiving spots. A landmark monument in Normandy, tourists like to visit it in many different ways. From the ground, in the air or at sea, Mont Saint-Michel never loses its splendor.

What to expect

However, for thrill-seekers, Generation Voyage strongly recommends parachute jumping. Parachute jumping combines adrenalin and breathtaking panoramas. Launched at 200km/h over 3,500m above sea level, you’ll discover Mont Saint-Michel and its bay as you’ve never seen them before!

This outdoor activity in such a magical setting is an unforgettable experience that will leave you with memories that are totally out of the ordinary. A must try!

Practical information:

  • Only individuals over the age of 15 will be allowed to participate in the activity;
  • A maximum weight of 90kg for men and 80kg for women is required for this jump;
  • This activity takes place from May to September.

Auvergne Rhône Alpes

Vichy

Vichy Saut en parachute

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From €270

Medical certificate: compulsory for over-60s

⏳Timerequired: minimum 3 hours

Famous for the benefits of its water, the town of Vichy is a must-see in the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region. Located in the south-east of theAllier department, it also boasts one of the best parachute spots in France. The surrounding countryside is well worth the detour: rolling green hills and colorful fields make the département a veritable jewel-case of greenery.

What could be better than discovering these wonders from the air? Board a plane at Aérodrome de Vichy-Charmeil and take to the skies at 4,000m for a skydiving experience you won’t soon forget.

What to expect

Let’s go for 40 intense seconds of freefall at 200km/h. After this short, thrilling moment, relax after your instructor opens the parachute. Enjoy the surrounding silence and magnificent scenery. After a good five minutes of contemplation, remember to lift your legs… You’re about to land!

Practical information:

  • Only individuals over the age of 15 will be allowed to take part in the activity;
  • A maximum weight of 90kg is required for this jump;
  • This activity takes place from May to September.

Frequently asked questions

After presenting the best skydiving spots in France, Generation Voyage answers the most frequently asked questions before taking up the sport.

  • Minimum and maximum weight and height for skydiving vary from one airfield to another. However, on average you need to be at least 1.30m tall and weigh no more than 90kg to take part in this activity;
  • Theage for skydiving also varies from one airfield to another. However, on average, only individuals over 15 years of age are allowed to practice this activity;
  • A medical certificate is mandatory for skydiving. The type of certificate and its age vary according to the airfield;
  • Companions are often not allowed to board the aircraft. However, this is possible at certain airfields;
  • Your jump may not take place on the date indicated. In fact, bad weather can be dangerous to the smooth running of the activity. In such cases, the professional team may decide to cancel it. Find out in advance about cancellation conditions;
  • For skydiving, casual attire is highly recommended. Wear loose-fitting clothing such as jogging pants and sweatshirts, and low-top shoes such as sneakers;
  • If you have eye problems and wear glasses, you can keep them on throughout the activity.