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

Implemented in

  • Europe and Central Asia
  • France

Sectors of activity
Tourism, Transport

Type of initiative

Shared by

GUYON Camille

Communication Manager

Réseau des Grands Sites de France

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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.


A concept that is tested beforehand :

In order to reassure on the practicability of the journey, Pierre, a traveller, is asked by the Grands Sites de France’s Network to tests the concept of travelling without his car from his place to a Grand Site de France, then inside the Grand Site de France. After organising his trip on his own in order to give a more authentic and insightful feedback, he realises a detailed report of his experience (access to the site, signage, information available on the internet, diversity of offers…). The practical travel story of Pierre is then adjusted as a travel journal available on the website

Sharing the Grand Site de France’s experience :

On this website, tourists can find useful information (maps and GPS coordinates) and a selection of various hotspots to explore, as well as a section “Le petit + du Grand Site“ with unusual activities to discover the territory differently. Furthermore, visitors are invited to conceive their own “escapade“ and to share it through photos on the Instagram account @escapadenaturesansvoiture.

Impact and Results

→ Since 2015 : 11 nature getaways on the website
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...