An eco-friendly traveller’s guide to France

Encounter 3000 stars at Mercantour National Park reserve
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An eco-friendly traveller’s guide to France

France is a dream destination for travellers seeking eco-tourism experience (IO photos)

Having taken many initiatives and poured investments towards sustainable tourism to preserve its environment, France offers just the right options for its eco-friendly visitors.
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There are several ways to travel sustainably, and choosing a Green Key certified establishment is one of them. France, a pioneering nation when it comes to offering natural friendly holidays, provides visitors with these very means that they may seek for an eco-tourism experience during their vacation. In order to get potential tourists started, here is a list of eco-friendly activities that one can enjoy when visiting this beautiful destination.

Cycling for a scenic holiday in the Loire Valley

Cycling in the Loire à Vélo trail (Photo: ExploreFrance)

Perhaps the best way to approach a sustainable way to travel is cycling. The activity is not only adventurous, but also an act of slow tourism. The best site to go cycling in France is to ride along the Loire River valley or through the vineyards, which provides some of the best sights in the country. The ‘Loire à Vélo’ is a unique, 800km cycle route with very little traffic, making it a dream destination for cyclists. With its trail running through the Centre and Pays de la Loire regions, the Loire à Vélo trail is the leading cycling route in France. If you are an adventure seeker, grab a bike and start cycling immediately. Whether it be a discovery of some of the most prestigious castles or an escape to the old town with its half-timbering houses, your options will be endless.

A Starry Night in the French Riviera

Mercantour National Park reserve has an International Dark Sky Reserve label (Photo; ExploreFrance)

The Mercantour National Park reserve which is a biodiversity hotspot located just over an hour from the French Riviera offers visitors an opportunity to observe more than 3000 stars at night. This reserve has an International Dark Sky Reserve label, that signifies that it possesses an extraordinary quality of starry nights and that its nocturnal environment is specifically protected. It is also committed to reducing light pollution. So, if you want to witness a sky full of stars during a serene summer night, pay a visit this dreamy location.

Exploring the Sustainable Vineyards of Bordeaux

Vineyards of Saint Emilion, Bordeaux vineyards in France in a sunny day (Photo: ExploreFrance)

As Bordeaux has adapted a slew of measures designed to protect its environment, it has also included along with it measures to protect the region’s famous vineyards. This has in turn led to 65 pc of these vineyards to be certified environmental and marking a new benchmark for the region.

In order to witness these phenomenal sight, book some guided tours, which will let you discover new interesting approaches implemented by the region’s wine estates. For example, Château La Dauphine offers an instructional guided tour of its biodynamic vineyards, beehives, and vegetable garden whereas the Château Climens lets you discover how herbal concoctions are specially prepared to care for the vines and help them grow stronger.

Key events in Paris this summer

Hoba a food court in Martin Luther King Park is known to provide ‘sustainable and joyful’ cuisine (Photo: Hoba Official)

This summer, numerous events with approaches to being safe to the environment have started from June 1 in Paris. These events are varied from each other and provides unique experiences. The famous #ExploreParis festival, that is set to end on September 30, promises a fun discovery of the city on foot, by bike or along the waterways, with over 1500 guided tours to choose from. Another interesting event that will last until August 31 and produced by some of the greatest photographers of the 20th and 21st centuries will embark you on a poetic journey of love through an artistic series called ‘Love Songs- Photography and Intimacy.’

For Instagram-worthy photographs, visit ‘Pop Air’, a quirky, innovative exhibition of inflatable art also set to end in August 31. Engage in some sporty fun with free activities and events around and within the Stade de France from June 23 to 26 as a prelude to the Olympics and the Paralympics. Finally, to end your Parisian visit on an eco-friendly note, head to Hoba, a newly opened food court in the middle of the Martin Luther King Park, that focuses on providing ‘sustainable and joyful’ cuisine.

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