Where can I skydive around Paris?

Skydiver contrôle le gros parachute.

Is the City of Light just as beautiful from the air? To find out, here are the best places to skydive around Paris!

Paris? Capital of France, European metropolis, but above all the most beautiful city in the world. Endowed with an impressive architectural heritage and brimming with internationally renowned tourist attractions, Paris is a dream come true for young and old alike. The Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, the Pantheon, the prestigious Grand Boulevards – everything is beautiful in this unique city. And why not take advantage of your stay in the Paris region to admire it from the sky? It’s perfectly possible to skydive around Paris!

Although the city itself is off-limits to skydivers, on a clear day you can take off from one of the nearby airfields to see the city. At Generation Voyage, we’d like to introduce you to the most popular skydiving spots around Paris. You’ll be able to treat a loved one to a first skydive, or test your resistance to the vacuum, all just a stone’s throw from the capital. When’s your skydive?

1. Saint-Florentin

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Photo credit: Facebook – Aérodrome de Saint-Florentin – Chéu

Saint-Florentin is located near Auxerre, in the pretty Yonne département, south-east of Paris. The commune boasts a fine aerodrome, including a skydiving base where you can try your hand at free-fall. It’s the ideal place for skydiving around Paris.

It all begins aboard a huge Cessna 208 B, a beautiful 21-seat cuckoo aircraft. As soon as you’ve boarded, an ascent to an altitude of 4,000 meters awaits you: and off you go for the jump! You’ll soar through the air at a speed of 200 km/h for almost a minute. Your instructor will then open your canopy and let you enjoy a few minutes of gliding.

The Châblisien vineyards and the Burgundy canal pass beneath your feet! On a clear day, you can see all of Paris and even the Eiffel Tower.

2. Péronne

Parachute en tandem. La canopée dans le ciel.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock / Sky Antonio

Parachute jumping around Paris can sometimes be complicated by the weather. Péronne, near Amiens, is one of the best drop zones in the region.

In fact, it’s the ideal place to discover tandem skydiving! After arriving at the local airfield, you’ll be given a briefing by the instructors in charge of your safety. Instructions, flight position, landing protocol – everything will be explained in detail. Once you’ve climbed in, the door opens and you’re in for fifty seconds of pure pleasure.

When the altimeter indicates an altitude of 100 meters, the instructor opens the parachute. An exceptional panorama awaits you. The vast plains of Picardy seem to hold up the sky as you rip through the air under canopy. Your instructor will let you pilot the parachute yourself, if you wish, before taking over the controls and ensuring a smooth landing.

3. Montargis-Vimory

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Photo credit: Facebook – Aérodrome de Montargis – Vimory

The Montargis-Vimory airfield, south of the capital, is one of the best places to make your dream, or that of a loved one, come true. If you’re serious about skydiving around Paris, this is the place to be. It’s the perfect place to get a good dose of adrenalin after a sensational 4000-meter drop.

Once your fall is over, a splendid view awaits you. From the air, the region looks like a mosaic of colors, each more beautiful and vibrant than the last. The perfectly squared plots of cultivation offer a unique panorama, depending on the season. Between opening the parachute and landing, you’ll have plenty of time to admire the breathtaking panorama of this beautiful region.

The little extra? You can choose a video souvenir that will ensure the admiration of your loved ones. It immortalizes the entire jumping phase: make the most of it!

4. Blois-le-Breuil

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Photo credit: Facebook – Aérodrome de Blois – Le Breuil

Blois-le-Breuil airfield in the Loir-et-Cher region is usually used as a base for flights over the Châteaux de la Loire. In a region that is home to hundreds of French heritage treasures, it’s easy to understand the importance of a well-placed civil airport. These treasures can also be admired from the air on a tandem skydive.

Blois-le-Breuil is one of the most popular skydiving sites around Paris. After take-off and release, fifty seconds of freefall at nearly 200 km/h await the most daring among you. Then your instructor will deploy a life-saving canopy to keep you from hitting the ground a little too quickly. The entire Loire Valley stretches out just below you, and its wonders can be glimpsed during the five-minute descent.

If it’s one of the must-sees, it’s also thanks to the team of passionate and attentive instructors-tricess: go for it!

5. Mortagne-au-Perche

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Photo credit: Shutterstock / Krzysztof Pazdalski

Ideally located in the Perche region of Normandy, this drop zone has it all. Easily accessible from the capital, it’s clearly a prime spot for skydiving around Paris.

Experienced instructors are on hand to introduce novices to the thrill of freefall. And in complete safety, that goes without saying! You can easily book a jump for yourself or a loved one, even online. The best part, of course, is that it’s possible for several people to jump together, for an unforgettable moment with friends! Why not organize a bachelor party, for example? Or celebrate a birthday 4000 meters above the ground? Whatever your expectations, they’ll be far exceeded by the unique sensations of freefall.

So don’t waste any more time and head to Mortagne-au-Perche for a good dose of adrenalin!

Practical information

Rates

A first flight will cost you between €250 and €300 on average. These prices are fairly similar, whatever the spot or aerodrome you choose. All you have to do is pay the amount you need to take the plunge, or offer the experience to a loved one. Other options can be selected, such as the creation of a video of your feat.

Practical info

Here is some additional information before you decide to go skydiving:

  • Parachute jumping can be done all year round. It’s a dangerous sport, subject to weather conditions. Your jump may have to be postponed if gusts of wind or heavy rain prevent you from taking off!
  • It won’t surprise anyone, but at altitude, it’s cold. Tip: to find out the temperature when you leave the plane, subtract 20°C from the temperature on the ground.
  • Even in summer, don’t hesitate to wear a light sweater. You can also wear a tracksuit or shorts. On the other hand, you’ll need low, closed-toe shoes: sneakers are ideal.
  • If you wear glasses, it’s best to bring contact lenses… but over-glasses will be provided if you prefer to jump in with your favorite binoculars.
  • In the vast majority of cases, you won’t be able to skydive if you weigh more than 100 kg.
  • A medical certificate of no contraindication to parachute jumping less than one year old is required. Parental authorization is also required for minors.

Now you know where to skydive around Paris! Now all you have to do is let the adrenalin flow! Enjoy the fall!