The “Escapade nature sans voiture“ (nature getaway without a car) is a project of the Grands Sites de France’s Network aiming to develop a car-free tourism, as a new and attractive experience for people visiting the most beautiful landscapes of France.

Pierre Le Douaron

Sectors of activity
Tourism, Transport

Type of initiative
Other

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GUYON Camille

Communication Manager

Réseau des Grands Sites de France

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Objectives

The “Escapade nature sans voiture“ is a two or three days trip to discover the emblematic landscapes and cultural heritage of the Grands Sites de France without a car. Through environmentally friendly forms of transport (bike, train, bus, by foot…), these getaways are a way for tourists to enjoy the “Grand Site de France’s experience“, to take time to pay more attention to beautiful landscapes, to feel what makes the place unique, to encounter its inhabitants… It is also a way to re-examine our practices of travelling towards a tourism that makes sense as part of ecological transition.

Activities

As collected through the One Planet Reporting

Outcome level

SCP changes in practice

  • Escapade nature sans voiture dans les Grands Sites de France (nature getaway without a car)
  • Escapade nature sans voiture inter-Grands Sites de France (Hérault et Gard)

Impact and Results

→ Since 2015 : 11 nature getaways on the website www.escapadenature-sansvoiture.fr
Baie de Somme, Cap d’Erquy- Cap Fréhel, Cirque de Navacelles, Dune du Pilat, Estuaire de la Charente-Arsenal de Rochefort, Les Deux-Caps Blanc-Nez Gris-Nez, Marais poitevin, Puy de Dôme, Sainte-Victoire, Solutré Pouilly Vergisson, Vallée de la Vézère and new ones to come in 2018.

→ Every year, at least one new "Escapade nature sans voiture" tested and promoted

→ 9 different modes of soft transport in order to access and discover the Grands Sites de France: on foot, train (TGV/TER), bus, bicycle, electric bicycle, bark, shuttle boat, rack railway and taxi shuttle

→ A new approach of tourism in Grands Sites de France based on ecomobility (installation of electric bicycles, creation of walking trails...) and experience

→ Brings touristic stakeholders to work together to create new tourism offers based on shared values of sustainable tourism, protected landscapes...

→ Press coverage (online and offline, radio...)

Next steps and how to get involved

By promoting this initiative on social media, website, articles...