We cannot ignore it; motorised transport is highly polluting : it emits a large quantity of greenhouse gases which undeniably contribute to global warming. At the same time, hydrocarbons have never been so expensive. There are various solutions to reduce people’s ecological footprint which are easy on the wallet: take public transport, share cars, use gentle forms of travel.
Use public transport
Travelling within Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur without your own car, is entirely possible! Create your carless itinerary on the internet site www.pacamobilite.fr. This site informs you of timetables and journeys, and also of possible disruption to traffic.
Numerous places are served by transport from main towns, stations or regional airports. If you have the time, you can also use the tourist trains of the region: le train de la Côte Bleu from Marseille to Miramas, le train des Merveilles from Nice to Tende, le train des Pignes between Nice and Digne-les-Bains. The variety of landscapes and the unique character of the stations you will travel through, will remain in your memory for a long time.
During the winter season, you can also use the navettes blanches which will take you to the winter sports resorts in the region: Serre-chevalier, Pra-Loup, Val d’Allos, Orcières, and many others.
Use gentle forms of travel
Gentle forms of travel include all forms of travel using only human energy, such as walking or cycling. Various possibilities are on offer to you to spend your holidays using gentle forms of travel. Do you know “véloroutes” and greenways ? These are secure routes for non-motorised vehicles. Several cycling routes are available to you throughout Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur for family outings where you can take your time and discover a wealth of tourist attractions along the route.
For an unforgettable holiday on bike, do not hesitate to contact the service Vélo Loisir en Provence, a network of tourist professionals who offer their services – forms of accommodation, cycle hire, taxis, restaurants, cultural sites.. – in order to make cycling holidays easier for those visiting the area of Luberon. Gentle forms of travel are also available in the cities of the region, through the bike sharing system in Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, Nice and Avignon.
Trekking – on foot, on horseback or on mountain bikes – is an other way to take your time to discover the region. Over 15 000 kilometres of sign-posted trails, for long trekking tours on foot and daily treks, are available to you.