One of the greatest lessons from the confinement is probably this: one must search within to find true happiness. Consume less but better quality, stay focused on what’s important, and it’s not necessary to travel half-way around the world to experience adventure. While the reopening of borders and long-distance travel don’t appear to be on the horizon, the enchanted forests, sandy beaches and high-altitude trails of our beautiful country will delight you.
The Paris region abounds with hidden treasures. Less than two hours from Paris, all the beautiful escapes are possible.
A night in a bubble in the heart of the forest of Fontainebleau
If you dream of unique accommodations close to nature and less than 40 minutes from Paris, the bubble rooms at Maison du rocher de Fontainebleau is sure to delight and enchant you. Designed with families in mind, the originality of the bubbles perched high in the trees, along with tipis for playing Indian, among a multitude of other family-friendly activities, will leave everyone feeling refreshed and invigorated.
For more information go to: Maisondurocher.com
A getaway in the Baie de Somme
Looking for a much-needed breath of sea air? Leave behind the popular destinations of Deauville, Trouville or Houlgate and discover the wonders of Baie de Somme. Just over two hours from Paris, Le Crotoy, Berck sur Mer or Le Tréport, you can enjoy a relaxing weekend in the heart of nature. The beaches are immense and perfect for a leisurely stroll or an afternoon of kite flying. And don't forget your binoculars...as you won't want to miss the seals during low tide.
Feel like taking a weekend break from La Ville Rose? Thanks to its ideal location, Toulouse is the ideal starting point for a getaway.
Albi: the treasure of Tarn
Sainte-Cécile Cathedral, Toulouse-Lautrec museum, Saint-Salvi collegiate church all only one hour from Toulouse. Albi is a national gem and undeniably one of the most beautiful cities in France. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its Episcopal City, Albi is the perfect city for a timeless weekend getaway. For a restful night, we recommend the gîte l'Autre Rives, unique accommodations with a swimming pool and charming decor.
For more information go to: lautrerives.com/
A nature weekend in the Ariège Pyrénées
Sublime in winter when covered in snow, the Regional Natural Park of the Ariège Pyrénées is also magnificent in summer. For a family weekend, the Beille plateau must be experienced to be believed. Be it hiking, diving in lakes, picnicking, the possibilities are endless. This 360-degree view is sure to take your breath away. While there is no shortage of accommodations, we fell in love with this extraordinary house.
Just 10 km from the Mediterranean Sea, Montpellier is an irresistible, getaway location.
A dive into nature in the Camargue
Marshlands, fields, rice paddies, the Camargue Regional Nature Park is a virtual paradise for nature lovers. A mere 65 km from Montpellier, you can observe pink flamingos, go horseback riding, and enjoy magnificent sunsets that you'll never forget. For a relaxing stay, we recommend the Auberge Cavalière du Pont des Bannes. An oasis of calm and tranquility!
For more information got to: aubergecavaliere.com/
A hike in Pic Saint Loup
You don't expect to find a mountain in the back country of Montpellier, and yet! The Pic Saint Loup, at 658 metres, offers an unforgettable panorama of the Cévennes and the Mediterranean Sea. Ideal for a nature-filled, family weekend. For overnight accomodations, we recommend the Gîtes du Pic Saint Loup, at the foot of the summit in the Garrigue. This cozy eco-gîtes offers a breathtaking view of nature. You'll never want to leave!
For information got to: https://gitesdupicsaintloup.fr/
The sea is just a stone's throw away and the culture is everywhere, the people of Bordeaux never tire of saying it: they live in a region of incredible richness!
A trip to Lac de Sanguinet
There's more to life than the ocean! Barely an hour from Bordeaux, Lac de Sanguinet is a meeting place for nature lovers. We particularly like its family atmosphere and all the activities offered on site. For a day or more, Sanguinet will captivate your senses. At the end of the day, the sun-heated water of the lake is a delight. Don't forget your Canopea swimsuit!
For more information go to: https://www.ville-sanguinet.fr/
A cultural weekend in Agen
While Bordeaux has no shortage of museums and cultural institutions, Agen, only 140 kilometres away, also lays claim to a host of treasures. The city is incredibly charming with its pedestrian streets and houses reflecting typical regional architecture. Its fine arts museum and cathedral will enchant history buffs. To spend a night or more, put down your suitcases at TimaZen Lodges, 10 minutes from Agen.
For more information go to: timazen.com/