You won’t be short of ideas when it comes to leisure activities in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. Simply pick your favourite: extreme sports, family excursions, or relaxation.
Fly away in an ultralight
At Signes or Le Castellet
Head to Signes or to Le Castellet airport to get your fill of unforgettable memories! After an introductory talk, the Resafly instructors will sweep you off your feet for a maiden flight in an ultralight over Provence’s most beautiful landscapes and sights. You will love flying free as a bird, while lapping up the magnificent views. The added extra? The flights benefit from a commentary too!
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Walk with wolves
Parc Alpha in Mercantour National Park
Looking for an exciting activity for all the family? Head to Parc Alpha, in the heart of Park National du Mercantour to unleash your inner beast! You will encounter three packs of wolves living in semi-liberty in this reserve and learn the secrets of this fascinating and feared animal. Don’t miss feeding time when you can see the wolves up close!
Become a Bouillabaisse expert
Le Miramar gastronomic restaurant
Most people go Le Miramar in Marseille with the firm intention of feasting on the house speciality: bouillabaisse! A genuine local institution, the restaurant now offers budding chefs a chance to learn how to make this classic Provencal dish like a pro. And you can enjoy tasting your creation with your fellow cooks after your class.
Go caving in the kingdom of darkness
Grotte de Baume Obscure
The fairytale atmosphere of Grotte de Baume Obscure cave, buried 60 metres underground near Grasse, is simply bewitching. The site’s multimedia show transports you into the mysterious world of stone, while kids can even enjoy a treasure hunt inside the cave. What’s more, you’ll all (finally) master the difference between stalactites and stalagmites!
Climb aboard the Train des Merveilles
Nice and the Vallée des Merveilles
Climb aboard the Train des Merveilles in Nice for one of Europe’s most beautiful railway rides. Between May and October, a specialist guide unveils the secrets of this exceptional itinerary. Make the most of the various stop-offs to discover such picturesque sites as Fontan-Saorge – one of France’s most stunning hilltop villages -, or the Vallée des Merveilles : a hub of cave paintings unique in Europe.
Discover the bulls of the Camargue
It’s simple: nobody should visit the Camargue without touring a ranch, locally called a “manade”. Make the most of your stay in the region to delve into this time-honoured tradition – the local cowboys (gardians) will welcome you with open arms and be delighted to show you round their property and introduce you to the world of Camargue bulls and horses. You can even opt for dinner at a ranch to sample its produce in a typically-festive Camargue atmosphere. Remember to bring some local specialities home as a souvenir!
Relax in an outdoor bubble bath
Berthemont-les-Bains, Vallée de la Vésubie
Revel in a moment of pure pleasure and relaxation at the Berthemont-les-Bains spa resort at the gateway to the Alps, where you enjoy unwinding in the outdoor pool heated to 35°C while lapping up the captivating views over the mountains of Vallée de la Vésubie. The pampering continues with water jets, waterfalls and whirlpool baths in the indoor pools and you can end the day in style by treating yourself to a beauty treatment or massage. What better way to wave goodbye to stress?!
Savour local craft beers
Partial to craft beers? Then you’ll enjoy getting to know Mathilde and Thomas, the passionate owners of the Brasserie Carteron craft brewery, who welcome you from Monday to Friday for a captivating guided tour! After a delve into their brewing secrets and techniques, it’s time to taste! Pink, white, amber or lager? They are all delicious and served with a selection of nibbles.
Have fun with the family
Parcabout in Montauroux
Perfect for a fun day out with all the family, the Parcabout leisure park in Montauroux is a leisure paradise! Let off steam with the laser game or take to the heights with the treetop adventure course. The course is perfectly safe and the instructors are there to guide you and help you test out all the runs. After more fun with the park’s giant nets, you’ll probably want to head to the snack bar for a well-earned rest and ice creams all round…
Relax at Maison Abeil
Parc National des Écrins
Treat yourself to a moment of pleasure at Maison Abeil . Set in the heart of Parc National des Écrins, this guest house is an ode to tranquillity. Guided by owner Arielle, settle down in the ancient barn redolent with scents of larch trees, where you can enjoy a hatha yoga lesson focusing on meditation and spiritual awakening. You will probably want to linger longer at this haven of peace to make the most of its good vibes!