The announcement has come as a real relief : the French will leave on holiday in France. This is what announced by the Prime minister Édouard Philippe on may 14.
“The French can take their bookings”was it encouraged. Things said, done, research vacation spots have exploded on to the booking sites.
Since, the tourist sites reopened little by little their doors to visitorswith a goal of a “maximum” of places open to the 21 June. Since the second phase of the déconfinement has started, France resumed activity, to the delight of the French which, confined fifty days are very happy to see the small pleasures of life.
And to make you discover new places, sometimes unknown, the writing of RTL offers you a selection of ideas vacation in Francein small corners exotic and refreshing 100% French. Lovers of the sea, the mountain or the countryside : there’s something for all tastes. After our first two selections of 14 and 6 places, here are 8 new sites to discover.
1. The Méribel valley and the reserve of Tuéda
The valley of Méribel in the Savoie region is not only a ski track, it is also incredible landscapes, extremely preserved. This is the case of the reserve of Tuéda, above Méribel, with the botanical trail, its fauna and flora exceptional.
For athletes who wish to follow in the footsteps of the Tour de Francethere will be a step-on 16 September, it is possible to climb the col de la Loseabove Meribel. The road has been recently paved, and is open only to bikes. Upon arrival, 2.304 meters, the stunning view on the Mont-Blanc will leave you breathless.
2. The dune of Pilat
Towards the Gironde now, where stands the famous dune of Pilat. High of almost 110 metres, the dune welcomes every year more than 2 million visitors on its 3 kilometers long and 66 million m3 of sand.
New this year, due to the pandemic : a staircase is available to the public with 170 steps and a sense of movement and distances are to be observed. This is the first time that the dune has a sense of movement.
For the treasure hunters, a legend tells that there is one right in front of the dune, the ocean. It would be chests filled with diamonds and emeralds, a treasure that disappeared during a storm in 1626.
3. The alsatian village of Kaysersberg
We propose you now to discover “one of the favorite villages of the French”in Kaysersberg, between Ammerschwihr and Sigolsheiml in Alsace. This haven of peace of 2,800 residents is nestled between the wine route and the ridge road. It is the ideal place to stroll among half-timbered houses and vineyards of the region.
A concentrate of beauty and history, with geraniums and half-timbered houses that date back to the Sixteenth century. But also, and especially, the charm of this small village, what are its vineyards with vines up to two metres high.
4. The audomarois marsh and its 700 channels
Management the Pas-de-Calais now, with the discovery of the audomarois marsh, in the region of Saint-Omer. With its 3.700 acres of marsh and its 700 miles of canalsthe audomarois marsh is an invitation bucolic relaxation. Ideal to disconnect from the city and be one with nature.
The audomarois marsh extends for more than 37 km2 and covers 15 communes of the Pas-de-Calais and the North. To get there it is from the meeting of the last manufacturers of traditional boats. Aboard a “escute” or a “bacôve”, these large wooden boats, you will be able to push to the surface of the water in full nature in a maze of canals where you will see all kinds of birds.
5. The volcanoes of the Auvergne
To stay refreshing, why not go and discover the volcanoes of auvergne ? The Puy du Pariou is at the heart of these, at 1.200 m altitude. Not far from there, le Mont-Dore in the massif du Sancy, you will also provide a breath of fresh air in a change of scenery.
Put on your hiking shoes and rendez-vous in the heart of the volcanoes for a breathtaking hike. The effort that will take you between 30 and 45 minutes is worth the effort. At the summit, you will enjoy a 360-degree view over the chaîne des Puys, classified world heritage of Unesco.
30km away, in the massif du Sancy, le Mont-Dore will satisfy the lovers of big spaces. For families, the structure Mont-Dore Adventures offers course in the trees, canyoning, or via ferrata.
6. The valley of the Aldudes in the basque Country
Between nature, history and gastronomy, the Valley of the Aldudes offers to its visitors a complete change of scenery in the heart of the mountains basquaises. Accessible from a road of twenty kilometers on the D948, exit Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry, the valley offers a foretaste of his beauty through the lush vegetation, the river and the old gold mines you’ll come across on the way.
Nature is not the only asset of this valley, the gastronomy is also a very important part. Everywhere, producers of cheeses, confituriers, a fish with a trout of exception, but especially the star of the region : the Kintoa, a deli, typical of the basque, which will delight the greediest.
7. The city of space in Toulouse
It remains in the south-west for the 7th destination. If walk in the footsteps of Neil Armstrong, or thousands of light years from Earth you tent, in the direction of Toulouse and the cité de l’espace where you can travel without limits this summer.
In the park of 4 hectares of the city, you will be without a doubt fascinated by the Ariane 5 rocket life-size and 53 metres high. This summer, the Moon will again be in the spotlight. You will discover the lunar module to the actual size, which has enabled man to land on the Moon on 21 July 1969. For its part, theexhibition dedicated to the satellite of the Earth will invite you to walk on the Moon.
8. The lac de Madine in Lorraine
Direction now the Regional Natural Park of Lorraineto the discovery of the lake of Madine in the Meuse between Metz, Nancy and Bar-le Duc. The Madine, this is not the sea, not the ocean, but it is not far away. A water expanse of 1,100 hectares, 20 km of banks appointed for biking or hiking, and everything around us : nature !
Meadows, forests, all Natura 2.000. The lake of Madine is ideal to discover in family : boat, beach, paddle boating, canoeing, fishing, amusement rides, climbing… there is something to suit small and large.
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