Source of inspiration and relaxation, activity practicable by all, the benefits of walking on our health are no longer to be proven. So aren’t vacations the perfect time to explore the many walking and hiking routes.
From their location, close to natural areas, the gite villages are the starting point for many walks and hikes in France. Whether you want to share a moment with your family for a walk without a specific goal, or to take hiking trails for the day or a few hours, these walks will appeal to those who love to discover the natural or cultural heritage of our regions. Some hosts will even be able to accompany you and share with you their passion for their territory and will always be good advicehike trails close to their home.
Finding yourself in the middle of nature on hiking trails remains a real moment of escape and pleasure. Apart from alpine hikes or great hiking trails GR reserved for more athletic enthusiasts, departments such as the Puy de Dôme or the Pyrénées Orientales offer more family-friendly tours with magnificent views. In the countryside, the local hikes are the best way to appreciate the culture and landscapes of the rural world. By the sea they are Country Routes that in the space of a few hours of walking make you discover the diversity and beauty of our coastline.
These hours spent walking with family or friends, these moments of sharing and discovery at the rhythm of walking, are the perfect antidote to a life too often sedentary that our daily lives impose on us. It is this experience that our Villages de Gîtes offer you to live by going on a walk on circuits near your vacation rental.
Cycling during your vacations in France
Bike rides, mountain bike or VTC, with or without electric assistance are a very pleasant way to travel in France. Whatever your level, going on a bike tour is the assurance of being able to go off the beaten track independently and discover a great diversity of landscapes.
France has different types of cycling itineraries:
The major cyclo routes: bicycle roads, Eurovéloroutes such as La Vélodyssée
Greenways:sites dedicated to cycling: along canals or on the route of former railroads
An extraordinary density of small country roads ideal for tours
Among the favored places for bicycle touring in France are the Loire Valley, The Canal du Midi and the vineyard regions.
Some of the Villages de Gîtes are close to these developed cycling routes and have the Accueil Vélo label, a guarantee of quality for welcoming cycle tourists. During your stay your hosts will be able to show you the circuits and trails that are close to their village and for some of them propose accompanied packages to discover unusual and little frequented places. In this respect, cycling vacations are a must for lovers of slow tourism and soft mobility.
Family horseback riding
You are already adept at hiking or biking, the horse or pony ride offers you the opportunity to discover nature in a different way and enjoy the landscapes at the rhythm of the horse.
Accessible to good riders as well as beginners, horse riding can be easily practiced with the whole family, on the trails and circuits of our countryside. Children can go for pony rides and experience unique and unforgettable moments.
For beginners or those who have never ridden a horse some of the gite villages work in partnership with equestrian centers that offer accompanied horseback riding outings, the unique opportunity to discover horseback riding. So take advantage of your vacation to live and share an experience with your family, your friends.
Hiking experiences to live ! during your vacations in a gite village
According to your desires, our Villages de Gîtes offer you free or accompanied hikes.