Slow tourism to really make the most of your holidays

Slow tourism is a new way of travelling.

What is slow tourism?

By taking your time, slow tourism is an excellent way for reconnecting with nature. It places the accent on relaxation so everyone can spend stress- and anxiety-free holidays at their own pace.

More than a new form of travelling, it's a real state of mind allowing you to adopt a lifestyle that's different from your daily routine.

In France - and on the other side of the world too - slow tourism works whatever your destination. It's the opposite of mass tourism and is more akin to sustainable tourism. Slow tourism is just as suitable for couples as it is for families with children, whatever their age.

How does slow tourism fit in with an ecoresponsible approach?

The advantages of slow tourism are many, above all when it comes to the environment. The activities in this new way of travelling aim to be responsible and ecological, with the preservation of our surrundings as their goal.

At Nausicaá, our exhibitions focus on the climate. Thanks to an immersive experience, you'll understand more about the challenges facing sustainable development and the slow tourism approach.

But that's not all, slow tourism is also about what you put on your plate. With slow food - the opposite of fast-food - you'll be able to take the time to savour new culinary experiences. Slow food offers you the perfect opportunity to consume locally and, why not, make the most of a meal with a local to learn about and savour the local specialities while meeting people.

Furthermore, slow tourism offers you the chance to adopt new habits and commit yourself to a responsible form of tourism. It doesn't matter what country you're in or the destination you choose, slow travel also consists of reducing your travel by preferring non-polluting means of transport, such as bicycles. An ideal opportunity to re-discover our planet and visit our lovely regions.

How to enjoy slow tourism in Pas-de-Calais?

One of the many attractions of France is that it has so many different regions and landscapes where it's easy and straightforward to do slow tourism. If you want to spend your holidays in Pas-de-Calais, don't forget that this region can offer you some lovely ecoresponsible activities to discover.

Nausicaá is without doubt one of the unmissable activities. It allows you to enjoy slow tourism taking your time to visit. You can even plan your visit over two consecutive days (for an additional €5) to make the most of the aquarium without having to rush, because there's so much to discover with our activities and events. In addition to visiting our aquarium, we give you the opportunity to find out more about our coastline.

Indeed, in Pas-de-Calais nature is everywhere: beaches, lakes, rivers… So, after your visit to Nausicaá, you can discover our lovely region by bike or on horseback, at your own pace. You can take a break to get a taste of our local specialities and have a chat with our friendly locals, who'll be able to tell you more about Pas-de-Calais.

Slow tourism thanks to Nausicaá, also means the possibility of staying in one of our partner ecoresponsible hotels. Relaxation and comfort go hand in hand perfectly with sustainable tourism. These rooms offer restful nights, while taking care of the environment.

Adopt "slow travel" to go to England

Embark on a catamaran to cross the Strait of Dover and see the white cliffs loom up on the English coast, sailing gently along, that's the project being proposed by Andrew Simons who is launching SailLink, his project for a crossing between Boulogne-sur-Mer and Dover. Climbing on-board, foot and bike passengers will take an alternative cross-Channel journey that aims to be zero-carbon. The crossing offers you the opportunity to observe the marine biodiversity and actively take part in sailing the boat. These few hours of "slow travel" are sure to rush by.

Nausicaá is a member of Accueil vélo which offers services to cyclists

Nausicaá is situated on the Vélomaritime route - also called EuroVelo 4 - which runs from the Channel to the North Sea, linking Roscoff to Dunkirk.

Cyclists are informed that, on the sites that belong to the network, there are bike parking facilities, a drinking water point, documentation on the cycle routes, repair kits and e-bike and GPS device charging points.

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