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Quelle autre région de France pouvait faire l'objet du premier guide du Petit Futé dédié à l'écotourisme ? Loin du cliché « sea, sex and sun », Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur est la région qui compte le plus de Parcs naturels en France ! De la Camargue aux Ecrins, en passant par le Luberon, le Verdon ou encore les Calanques, cette destination offre une diversité paysagère inégalée et une biodiversité exceptionnelle. Aujourd'hui, de nombreux hébergements, restaurants activités reconnus par un « écolabel » s'offrent aux visiteurs souhaitant passer un séjour responsable dans le Sud de la France… Plus qu'ailleurs un autre tourisme s'invente ici !



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Date de parution 03 avril 2017
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Table des matières
An ecotouristic destination!
Places To Visit
Ecrins National Park
Mercantour National Park
Queyras Regional Nature Park
Préalpes d'Azur Regional Nature Park
Elsewhere in the Alps
Alpilles Regional Nature Park
Luberon Regional Nature Park
Verdon Regional Nature Park
Baronnies Provençales Regional Nature Park
Elsewhere in Provence
Camargue Regional Nature Park
Calanques National Park
Port-Cros National Park
Elsewhere in Mediterranean
Planning Your Visit
Moving around
Good Reflexes
Galerie photos
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, three exceptional territories with a unique natural heritage...from mountains — Ecrins, Mercantour, Préalpes d'Azur and Queyras — to the coast — Calanques, Camargue and Port-Cros — through the back country of Provence — Alpilles, Baronnies Provençales, Luberon and Verdon — our 11 Nature Parks contain unequalled scenic diversity and exceptional biodiversity. They can be found alongside other emblematic natural sites like Sainte-Victoire, Mont Ventoux or Sainte-Baume, to name just a few. Numerous places to stay, restaurants and activities distinguished by an "EcoLabel" are available for visitors who wish to holiday responsibly in this hospitable region. For a weekend break, a week's holiday or a longer period of time, many possibilities are open to visitors. Immersion in the nature areas of the region obviously invites the visitor to respect the environment, the land and the people who live there. More than anywhere else, a new form of tourism is being invented here! Welcome to Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. Renaud MUSELIER Member, European Parliament Deputy Chairman, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region Chairman, Regional Tourism Board
An ecotouristic destination!

An ecotouristic destination! - Summer landscape of the Alps.
© C.Chillio CRTPACA

From marine depths to eternal snows, this Region is blessed with exceptional biodiversity that it is devoted to protecting and enhancing. It is the Region of France with the greatest number of Nature Parks! And each of its three components — Provence, Alpes and the Côte d'Azur — evokes its share of images: cicadas and lavender, glaciers and alpine pastures, coves and beaches... A common denominator: the sunlight that permeates this very special type of nature. From Alpine peaks to wild coastline, if ever there was a legitimate destination for ecotourism, this is surely it. So, here is a jewel for lovers of nature and authenticity, with vast protected spaces that shelter exceptional flora and fauna, magnificent scenery with typical villages, living traditions and well-rooted hospitality that is a tradition in itself... The ecological commitment of territorial entities and tourism professionals reinforces the green coloration of this Region that contains six Departments. From the coast to wild backcountry, from mountain range to mountain range, hikers, naturalists and tourists who want to immerse themselves in the wilderness are in their element! And all this without the risk of disturbing the rare species that proliferate here. The region's Nature Parks are full of marked trails and scattered with places to stay where the environment is respected. Local, ecologically aware professional guides are ready to accompany ecotourists. What is ecotourism? This ecologically and humanly correct tourism encompasses different forms of tourism that respect the environment and sustainable development. It applies to tourists who program their own holidays and itineraries, as well as to holidays organised for small groups by professionals who know the flora, fauna and customs of their region. In short, it applies to tourists who can discover a region while respecting and appreciating its natural and human riches. Ecotourism is at a delicate juncture! And, you get the message: for Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, the stakes and the potential are enormous.
Birth of ecotourism While the media did not begin to pay attention to ecological concerns until the end of the 20th century, ecotourism had already begun to take hold in the popular mind in the 1980s. Mexican architect, environmentalist and tourism expert Hector Ceballos-Lascurain proposed one of the first definitions in 1983, calling up a form of tourism that consists of visiting relatively intact and undisturbed natural areas with the aim of studying and admiring the scenery and the plants and wild animals that it shelters, as well as all cultural manifestations (past and present) to be observed in these areas . Considered to be the father of ecotourism, Hector Ceballos-Lascurain has inspired many followers. In 1990, TIES, The International Ecotourism Society, was founded and based in Washington D. C. It is still the main organisation devoted to the promotion of ecotourism. It counts on several hundred members, associations, universities, consultants, tour operators and governments in more than 90 countries. Its definition of ecotourism today: " Ecotourism is a form of responsible travel in natural spaces, that contributes to the preservation of the environment and the well-being of local populations ". TIES members are committed to respecting a strict charter. As alternative tourism, ecotourism concerns the discovery of nature and regional patrimony with respect for the environment and concern for sustainable development. Practised alone or in small groups, ecotourism promotes the observation and study of natural milieux and the discovery of ancient buildings and of local traditions. Ecotourists are interested in the local population, its customs, and its culinary, artisanal and other types of know-how. Reciprocally, ecotourism aims to make the population more aware of the need to protect and value the environment, as well as of the benefits of preserving local traditions.
Ecotourist: Basic Principles Nature-watching and hiking, among other environmentally friendly open-air activities, are the main components of an ecotourism holiday. Since another element of such a holiday is involvement in sustainable development, this type of responsible tourism is part of the local economy. It is a source of employment and income for the country or territory that is visited. When one speaks of ecotourism, one often thinks of far-off places: safari in an African park, integrated tourism in an ethnic minority village in Southeast Asia, etc. Yet, in Europe, and especially in France, opportunities to practise ecotourism are numerous, growing and diversifying more every day, in the mountains, countryside, forests and on the coasts. French National or Regional Nature Parks are particularly well suited for this type of tourism. Lodging integrated into the environment can now be found in networks like: Hôtels au Naturel, Panda Gîtes, Clé Verte, Ecogîtes, etc. Professionals are committed to ecotourism initiatives, so are middle mountain guides, nature guides, etc., while structures providing entertainment as they promote the area make it possible to enjoy a discovery holiday that is exciting, restorative and eco-touristic. Today, the European Charter of Sustainable Tourism, adopted by many natural areas, spells out seven commitments:
guarantee visitors the discovery of quality scenery and local architectural heritage;
integrate, as much as possible, the holiday venue and its activities into the environment;
promote environmental manage-ment of the establishment ;
provide information about the area , local life (in the mountains, the countryside, by the sea...);
facilitate authentic meetings with local residents;
link tourism to the territory;
prioritise public transport and "soft" modes of transport. (1): Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (04), Alpes-Maritimes (06), Bouches-du-Rhône (13), Hautes-Alpes (05), Vaucluse (84) and Var (83).

The different EcoLabels

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur is a region that is particularly well-situated to welcome and generate eco-tourist and sustainable development initiatives. Hotels, campsites, and holiday units are distinguished by labels that confirm their commitment to respecting the environment and promoting local natural and cultural treasures. With special mention for the Bistrots de Pays which contribute to animation and liveliness in remote villages while they promote products from the terroir. EcoLabels like these are particularly well-represented in the Parks of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region.
Bistrot de Pays Rural bistrots are special places to meet people and participate in local life. In France, unfortunately, 1,000 bistrots close their doors every year. The Bistrot de Pays label was created in 1993 to support independent bistrots. Bistrots de Pays agree to respect the quality charter of the label. True gathering places, they enliven their surroundings and provide services. Other than staying open all day and offering food from the terroir at affordable prices, bistrots provide useful services in remote areas: tobacco, press, groceries, a place to buy bread, gas bottles, etc. This Guide contains a list of establishments that carry one or the other of these labels. The Guide also contains the addresses of recommended service providers and Park partners.
Chouette Nature This label is awarded by the Cap de France network, a pioneer in association tourism and a contributor to local development for more than 60 years, with a strong commitment to ecotourism since 2000. Holiday resorts labelled Chouette Nature are in harmony with their natural environment and are led by professionals who care about sustainable development and the environment. Meals reflect the flavours of the terroir. Activities are geared toward the discovery of nature and local heritage.
The Green Key www.laclefverte. org This organisation labels campsites, hotels, furnished accommodation, B&Bs, youth hostels and

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