Increasingly familiar with travel and a change of scenery, little ones, teenagers and older children prefer real “life experiences” to classic stays. From Brittany to the Alps, Spain or Morocco, here are five last minute getaways.
Curious to share a supplement of adrenaline, new sensations that force disconnection, stimulate the imagination and self-discovery. Treating yourself to a family adventure is like sharing a human adventure. To strengthen ties or cultivate the taste of being “together” through strong memories, memorable episodes or itineraries. Adventure is also the praise of the long term. Pretext days to get back to basics. To dialogue with nature, to listen and observe what surrounds us. It means getting out of your comfort zone and agreeing to adapt to external and collective contingencies. In addition to curiosity, behind the taste for adventure, there is often the desire to find a form of authenticity and truth. With on arrival, the pleasant surprise of (re)discovering one’s own. What if adventure was the spice of family vacations?
In Morocco, at the school of the desert
Designed as a fun and initiatory journey, this authentic camel caravan progresses at the rate of four hours of daily walking in the middle of the dunes, crossing the sublime valley of roses, along the Drââ, the longest river in Morocco. Bringing together several families so that the children can exchange ideas and the parents can also enjoy their holidays, it alternates educational exchanges and contemplative moments: during the day, we follow in the footsteps of beetles, jerboas and fennec foxes, in the evening it is the camel drivers who share their stories around the fire, before observing the stars together. Everyone is free to sleep in their tent or under the celestial vault. The highlight of the trip? The visit of the cinema studios – like a forgotten city – in the desert of Ouarzazate.
From €1149/person (€1039 for children under 12), flight included. nomad-aventure.com.
In Brittany, to the rhythm of high tides and shore fishing
Spectacular, the phenomenon of high tides is a unique opportunity to understand the force of the lunar attraction on the sea. The Bay of Morlaix is one of the best spots in Brittany to attend these equinox events a few days a year. After observing the Black Island lighthouse which would have inspired Hergé, we wait for low tide to head to the wild island of Callot. In addition to dawdling on the wild creeks, we learn to pick seaweed on the foreshore, we learn to harvest them in respect of the environment before cooking them all together. Same discovery workshop with shore fishing (cockles, clams, etc.) and visits to oyster farms. In the evening, we invest in an old school transformed into a family lodging.
Gîte de l’école de Callot, up to 10 people, from €450 from Friday to Sunday evening). Baiedemorlaix.bhz.
In the Alps, in the footsteps of Mary Shelley in Chamonix
World capital of mountaineering, Chamonix has inspired the greatest adventurers, including the author of Frankenstein, written while admiring the sea of ice. This “High Mountain” resort still cultivates its sense of adventure with the descent of the Vallée Blanche, the climbing of ice waterfalls, the folklore of the little cogwheel train that leads to Montenvers and the Mer de Glace, the points dizzying view from “Step into the Void”. After a first night at Les Granges d’en Haut, a small private hamlet of family chalets with a sublime indoor-outdoor spa, put on your touring skis or snowshoes to reach a contemporary refuge lost in the Alpine pastures. Waking up “alone in the world” is magical, before enjoying the area on skis the next day.
3 days / 2 nights with half board in a private chalet (8 people), activities and luggage transport included, from €4,500. grangesdenhaut.com
In Spain, Wild Wild West in the Bardenas Desert
With around thirty architecture and design prizes on the clock, no visual pollution and a form of lunar austerity for 21 cubes and 10 panoramic bubbles, two children from the region have realized their dream: to create a hotel that fits perfectly into this semi-desert territory, filmed in Game Of Thrones. Fairy chimneys, vertiginous canyons… More than 40,000 hectares of steppes and wet valleys make up this landscape Bigger Than Life, to be explored in a fun way by Segway, accompanied by a coach to better understand the geology of this telluric landscape. An experimental stay as close as possible to the elements, with an organic vegetable garden which provides excellent food. And we take advantage of the Paris-Bilbao to stop at the Guggenheim, spectacular and open to all.
From €745/person for 3 nights with breakfast, Paris-Bilbao flight and rental car included. airedebardenas.com.
In Finland, the adventure of the far north
When two Parisians change their lives, it’s to closely embrace the natural and sustainable philosophy of the happiest country in the world. And it is in 2019 that they inaugurate their lodge in the middle of seven hectares between lakes and boreal forests. Objective ? Offer contemplative tourism with one activity per day – dog sledding, ice water fishing, immersion in the life of a reindeer farm… – never more. Same approach in winter, with the reception of a maximum of eight guests so as not to disturb the fauna and flora. And every day, Thierry offers educational walks and collections. Above all, no snowmobiling or “Santa Claus village”, but real Finnish experiences and a 100% locavore table (mushrooms, berries) renowned throughout the country.
Package 7 days / 7 nights all inclusive (except flights), 1904 € per person. naalilodge.com