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Discover the world's most popular holiday destination in an environmentally friendly way

France is probably the most diverse country in Europe in terms of geography, climate, gastronomy and culture. Tourism plays an extremely important role in France, which is not surprising given that France is the most visited country in the world since the 1990s. In 2017 alone, almost 87 million foreign tourists came to France. Moreover, around one million French people work in the tourism sector, which generates over ten percent of the gross national product (a very high figure for a Western industrialised nation). Far from being a “mainstream touristic destination”, France also focuses on developing a form of sustainable tourism, with high ecological standards. Ecological forms of soil cultivation or innovative culinary trends such as “slow food” have originated in France.

In this article, we will present France both from a touristic point of view and from a political perspective. We can guarantee that you will learn a lot about the different French regions as well as the different sustainable initiatives that take place in France at the moment, thanks to our “Sustainable favourites” category!

Sustainability in France

We are proud to be working with many accommodations in France because a lot of sustainable and organic initiatives take place in the country, as shown by the following figures:

Numerous nature reserves are located in France, both in metropolitan France and in its overseas territories. These include no less than 9 national parks covering some 4.5 million hectares, 9 marine nature parks, over 50 regional nature parks covering more than 9 million hectares, and numerous and large protected areas such as UNESCO biosphere reserves.

In October 2014, the French National Assembly passed an energy transition law that provides for reducing the share of nuclear energy in the electricity mix from 75 percent to 50 percent by 2025. In addition, initiatives are to be taken to massively improve building insulation, renewable energies are to be greatly expanded and one million charging stations for electric cars are to be created.

The improvement of building insulation, proves that the energy transition is also an individual undertaking. Every single citizen can make his or her own contribution, and this naturally includes tourists and accommodation owners. Many of our accommodations have been lovingly renovated by their owners in recent years in an environmentally friendly manner and using biological materials in order to meet modern, sustainable standards and to continue to achieve a high level of comfort for guests.

By the way, how is France organised administratively?

In total, there are 13 regions in France (in addition to the 5 other French overseas territories). Landscape, cuisine, culture, architecture, inhabitants and dialects: Each region surprises, fascinates and enchants in its own way. Be it through a hiking and family holiday, or through sports, cultural and theme tours: Let's discover together the identities of the most beautiful places in France – off the beaten track.

The administrative entities stand alongside other territorial names. In France, you will often hear of the Basque Country, Auvergne, Berry, Périgord, Gascony, etc. These places are often areas of traditions and cultures that go back to the “Ancien Régime”, i.e. before the French Revolution. They have united people until today through a common language, identity and history. Other tourist areas, for example the “Côte d'Azur “, or the “Côte d'Opale “ in northern France, are more recent designations closely linked to mass tourism or art (painting and literature) in the 19th and 20th centuries.

An example of how a historical cultural area and a political entity are often closely connected is the French region of Occitania:

This region is actually quite new because it was only created on 1 January 2016 through the merger of the former regions of Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrénées. The name is a reference to the historical region of Occitania, i.e. the traditional territory of the Occitan language, which extends beyond the borders of the current administrative region. Although Occitania had never been politicaly united, the “Occitan” language represented for a long time an identification mark of the inhabitants of southern France. Today's inhabitants have spoken out in favour of maintaining this reference, because in the referendum of 9 and 10 June 2016, the name “Occitanie” prevailed by a wide margin against the proposals “Languedoc-Pyrénées” and “Pyrénées-Méditerranée”. Another interesting fact: Many members of the Catalan ethnic group still live in the south of Occitanie today, which shows the close cultural ties between southern France and Spain.


h2.The newest information on the Corona pandemic in France

At Myecostay and our umbrella brand France écotours, we take the risks and challenges of the Corona pandemic very seriously and will continue to inform all our travellers of the latest information and updates such as the European vaccination rate and new mutations of the Corona virus. We also design our trips in such a way that they are accompanied by the lowest possible risk of infection, both on arrival and during the actual stay.

If you want some travel advice on how to get to France during this pandemic, you should check out the official websites from the different governments:
If you come from England, we highly recommend the “Foreign travel advice” section of the English government website.
If you come from Ireland, have a look at the “Covid information” section of the Irish embassy in France.
If you are from the US, check the website of the US Embassy and Consulates in France.

What is the best way to come to France?

We are happy to provide some information on the best way to travel to France from England, Ireland or other European countries. We put a clear focus on sustainable travel options, of which there are fortunately quite a few in Europe. For long distances within France, we often recommend to use the high-speed trains, but there are also many other environmentally friendly means of transport available! For the short distances from the train station to the organic accommodation, it is almost a tradition that our hosts offer an individual shuttle service. You can also find some exciting details in our blog category “Sustainable travel through Europe”.

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Key figures about France

Here are some interesting figures that summarise (sustainable) France:

  • Number of inhabitants: 67,1 Million
  • Organic agricultural land: 8,5 %
  • Total length of long-distance cycle routes: 75.000 Km | Hiking trails: 187.400 Km
  • Terrestrial and maritime protected areas: 23,5 %
  • National Parks: 11
  • UNESCO Natural and Cultural Heritage Sites: 45
  • UNESCO intangible cultural assets & good safeguarding practices: 20
  • Protected designations of origin: 91
  • Eurovelo routes: 10, Eurovelo 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 12, 15, 17 and 19

Sources

For this short blog post on France, we have used the following sources:

Auvergne

Auvergne

Atemberaubende Vulkanmassive & Wasserreichtum

Durchzogen von erloschenen Vulkanen und dem letzten naturbelassenen Fluss Frances ist die Auvergne eine der beeindruckendsten Gegenden Frances. Die wenig bewohnte Region im Herzen des Zentralmassivs konnte sich bis heute seine bemerkenswerten Naturlandschaften erhalten. Die Auvergne zieht jedes Jahr durchschnittlich 3,5 Millionen Touristen an.

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Bretagne

Bretagne

Eine Region mit einer ausgeprägten Identität

Die Region ist fast überall von Meer umgeben (der Atlantische Ozean im Süden und im Westen und der Ärmelkanal im Norden) und stellt mit 9 Millionen Besuchern im Jahr die viertwichtigste Tourismusregion Frances dar. Dank ihrer einzigartigen Küche, ihren außergewöhnlichen Landschaften und ihren ausgeprägten Traditionen ist die Bretagne mehr als nur einen Abstecher wert.

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Die Vendée

Der Geheimtipp für Urlaub am Meer

Warum immer an der Côte d'Azur denken? Fürs Baden bietet die Vendée kilometerlange, feinsandige Strände. Die Vendée ist ein friedliches, großzügiges und bezauberndes Gebiet. Aber was wissen Sie wirklich über die Vendée? Wenig bekannt verbirgt dieses Département viele Überraschungen und ist auch im Umweltschutz sehr aktiv.

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Pays cathare

Aude

Land der Katharer – Wo das Außergewöhnliche das Alltägliche ist

Bekannt für seine zwei Weltkulturerbe, den Canal du Midi und die Cité von Carcassonne, empfängt das Départment Aude jedes Jahr mehr als 2 Millionen Touristen. Auch kulinarisch hat die Region einiges zu bieten: das Cassoulet, ein traditioneller Eintopf aus verschiedenen Fleischsorten, Würstchen, Bohnen und Speck, zählt zu den Klassikern der französischen Küche.

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Korsika

Die Insel der Schönheit

Was viele Menschen zuerst mit der Mittelmeerinsel Korsika verbinden: Napoleon. Obwohl der spätere Kaiser von France lediglich die ersten 9 Jahre seiner Kindheit auf Korsika verbrachte, blieb ihm seine sonnige Heimat zeitlebens unvergessen. Korsika ist eine faszinierende Insel, welche neben Französisch noch die Korsische Sprache pflegt.

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Paris

… und warum ein Bio-Urlaub in einer Weltstadt möglich ist

Paris ist alles in einem: Französische Hauptstadt, Sinnbild, Sehnsuchtsort — und zudem Ort für einen nachhaltigen, ökologisch-bewussten Tourismus. Wir von Myecostay verbinden mit Paris viele positive Erinnerungen und haben von Anfang an dafür gesorgt, dass wir auch Unterkünfte in Frances Hauptstadt anbieten können. Momentan: Ein elegantes Bio-Hotel in Paris.

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Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

… die Region am Mittelmeer

Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur umfasst, wie der Name vermuten lässt, drei spannende Gebiete Frances: Die Alpen, die Provence und die Côte d’Azur. Dabei steht Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur schlechthin für das mittelmeerische Lebensgefühl. Geht mit uns auf eine Entdeckungsreise durch diese spannende Region und erfahrt, welche Unterkünfte wir euch darin anbieten können.

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