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Slowtourisme

SlowTourisme
At the end of 2007, when it was becoming apparent that it would be necessary and possible to propose an Integrated Cross-border Plan in the Monviso area, the association Le Terre dei Savoia and the Parc naturel régional du Queyras agreed that it was essential to promote a tourism project capable of responding to the current needs of the area and the future needs of the national and international tourism market.And so, the SlowTourisme project was conceived, based on the proposals by the association Le Terre dei Savoia and the Parc naturel régional du Queyras. The general objective is to promote slow and sustainable tourism in the cross-border area. The specific objectives identified are the systematic organisation of the area’s tourism offer, the qualification of facilities for visitors and the organic and integrated promotion of the local offer.
There are many ways to enjoy the Terre dei Savoia and the Parco del Queyras; we suggest and propose the “slow” alternative: this enables you to share in the art de vivre, made up of the simple pleasures of everyday life.

 

The “Slow” phenomenon
The general objective of the SlowTourisme project is the development of gentle and sustainable tourism. This project aims to promote the tourism offer and improve the quality of facilities for visitors.
During the last century, in Europe and North America, rhythms have accelerated, especially in urban communities, and the economic development has led to a change in the lifestyle of the population. It was in this specific context that the need to slow down emerged; the necessity to savour silence, calm and serenity.   Slow, gentle tourism, or SlowTourisme translates into a new conception of travelling and visiting places.
The main principle of SlowTourisme hinges on taking your time and favouring less-polluting ways of getting around, which are slower than local public transport. The “slow” traveller moves freely on foot or by bicycle. The second principle of SlowTourisme is to immerse yourself in the places you visit and lead the same life as the people you meet. The best destinations are found away from the main tourism spots and alternative accommodation solutions are preferred. This allows you to discover more about the local culture, which you will experience personally as you become absorbed in your holiday destination.



PIT MONVISO

Culture, history, past and present.
A territory is alive and in continuous metamorphosis; its identity revolves around real characteristics, rather than political boundaries drawn on a map. The “MONVISO: l’uomo e le territoire” PIT (Integrated Cross-Border Plan) is this: a collection of projects aimed at promoting development, the starting point of which is the existing relationship between people and the land. An initiative which favours a sustainable development programme in the area identified by the Monviso massif.

 

The PIT aims to promote the protection of environmental  resources, the gradual and effective utilisation of all tourism facilities and the development of local agriculture and production.

 

The MONVISO PIT is a cross-border cooperation plan (Alcotra Programme 2007-2013) which concerns the Italian-French territory of Monviso, an area of 3.677 km2; it involves 26 partners from the Provinces of Cuneo and Torino and the Departement des Hautes Alpes. The area is distinguished by multiple natural, cultural and economic resources, and is home to 250,000 people.

www.monviso.eu



QUEYRAS PARK

The Territory of the Queyras Park

When the warm weather arrives, the snow melts, freeing the hills which have perpetually seen the passage of people and their belongings. You will travel the legendary routes upon which many important chapters in cycling history were written.  In the winter, you can enter the gorges of the Guil, a majestic limestone cathedral, shaped by the water, ice and wind, the chancel of which opens gradually onto the landscapes and the expanses of relief which are attenuated by the gentler descents.
Discover a land with an exceptional heritage. From the sunny slopes of the great Adret to peaks which culminate at more than 3000 metres, this territory invites you on a fascinating journey from the Mediterranean to the Great North. Here, history and culture can be seen out in the open. High-altitude villages with houses made of larch and slate, which tell the story of hunger, migrations and exodus, but also of the return and the first pages in the history of alpine tourism. Walk through the lanes where sundials flourish on the walls, take the paths into the valleys and smell the blossoming meadows which are skilfully cared for by the farmers and shepherds of the mountain pastures.
The richness and variety of the natural and cultural heritage have enabled the Queyras to be classified as a “Regional National Park” since 1977. Today, all the inhabitants of the Queyras Regional Park invite you to share and discover the numerous facets of this territory.

 

On the way to a new form of mobility in the Queyras
In the summers of 2010 and 2011, the Queyras regional nature park began experimenting with non-motorized traffic in order to test a service designed to offer a “slow” means of transport by providing tourists with electric bicycles. The idea was to develop a new form of mobility and create integrated and non-motorized eco-tourism products.
This initiative aims to steer tourists towards choosing slower forms of mobility, thanks to a lending service which offers individual means of transport.
During the summer season (from mid-June to mid-September), a large number of electric bicycles were provided free of charge for visitors through tour operators. It is essential to report the importance of the collaboration and the mobilisation of the network of tourism professionals

 

www.pnr-queyras.fr

 
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