By carefully questioning his needs, thinking about his fashionof travel and its consumption on the spot, we considerably reduce the impact of its trip on the planet. Good news, France is a country in transition! Throughout the country, you can choose sustainable options, and thus travel while respecting your convictions.
At the table, eat local
France is the country of gastronomy, His reputation is well established ! But that’s not limited to great restaurants: from sandwiches eaten on the go to fruits you bite into, you can easily choose to opt for local and seasonal consumption (the French calendar is here (External link) ). The territory is teeming with small producers, and even in big cities, the ” locavore ” offer is booming. Get into the habit of shopping in the many producers’ stores that dot the country, or in the markets: almost every village in France has its own. To know the market days, you can consult this site (External link). And in the markets, find the stands of producers rather than those of simple dealers: easy, in general, they do not sell hundreds of different items! If you go through the supermarket box, at least turn to the AB label (or Eurofeuille). Biocoherence, Nature & Progrès then Demeter are the most virtuous labels found on French shelves, but in organic stores.
Play with the seasons
Discovering the Côte d’Azur is a wonderful experience. But discovering it in the fall, when the light turns golden and the beaches spread their kilometers of sand just for you … it’s unforgettable! And why not in winter, when the mimosas burst their yellow sun on the hills? In the fall , do not miss the great French forests which are colored with red and orange, from Morvan to Brocéliande, from Compiègne to the Vercors mountains. If you strain your ears at the end of October, you might hear the deer roaring. At the top of the Alps, hikers will find their happiness in spring, when the sun is as bright as the fresh morning air. And have you ever thought about visiting Corsicain winter ? The light is incomparable, the sun always hot, and the seatinted with silver. Magic.
Discover the secret treasures
Apart from the major tourist routes known around the world, do not hesitate to venture on more confidential sites: you will find real nuggets that sometimes have nothing to envy them. Been to Chambord? Discover the most confidential castles of the Loire Valley! You like the Dordogne? Explore the Creuse! Have you ever visited Bordeaux? Spend a day in Bergerac! France is such a rich territory that each department is worth the detour.
Turn to environmental labels
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When it comes to preparing for your holidays in France, some labels can guide you towards more responsible products than others. For a seaside resort, opt for the Blue Flag (External link) , which rewards resorts that implement a sustainable tourism policy. For a mountain resort, turn to the Flocon Vert label (External link) , which validates social, cultural and environmental commitments, particularly related to resource management. For accommodation, watch for the logos of the labels La Clef Verte (External link) , Ecogîte (External link) (a label of Gîtes de France), Gîte Panda (External link) (another label of Gîtes de France, in partnership with WWF, World Wide Fund for Nature), or even Hôtels au Naturel (External link) .
Choose your accommodation wisely
Beyond labeled accommodation, it is easy to find accommodation that respects nature. Take a look at the website: those who have a truly virtuous approach usually put it prominently on their site. Attention to electricity consumption, water supply, local products … so many details that will direct you to the most respectful of nature. And don’t forget that it is also your attitude that makes your stay responsible or not: avoid waste, reduce your waste, limit air conditioning and heating …
Take your time to get around
Within the French borders, the rail network is particularly practical and developed. Between the TGVs which connect the big cities and the TER (regional express trains) which connect the small stations, you will easily find the route that suits you. Tickets can be bought directly at the stations, although it is better to book in advance for the TGV. To consult the timetables, go to the website of the SNCF railway company (External link) . Small budgets can opt for the bus (External link) . Can’t find what you are looking for? Carpooling has become very popular in France and makes it possible to share journeys by meeting residents. Nice! The most used site in France isBlaBlaCar (External link) . The French territory is particularly suitable for all the experiences of soft itineraries : by bike (External link) , on foot (External link) , on horseback, on donkey or by boat, there is something for everyone!