OUR VALUES


3 "GRANDS SITES DE FRANCE" SHARING A COMMON AIM

Our 3 sites, awarded or on the way to being awarded the "Grand Sites" label, are all protected under the Act of May 2, 1930 as "natural monuments of artistic, historical, scientifc, legendary or picturesque value.

 

Those involved in the Grands Sites project, as part of the network "Réseau des Grands Sites de France", aim to focus their actions on preserving the "soul of the sites".

 

The goal is to enable every visitor, now and in the future, to enjoy his or her very own "experience of the place", and discover the values brought collectively to the table by the network as a whole :

  • active preservation of these outstanding landscapes,
  • reception of visitors,
  • sharing,
  • development of sustainable centres...

3 DESTINATIONS WITH COMMON CARACTERISTICS AND FEATURES


 3 unique sites with exceptional landscapes from all points of view, in terms both of their qualities and size :

 

  • Vast stretches of nature, of outstanding environmental quality
  • Stages for France's "great history"
  • "Immersive" landscapes, with immediate and durable impact, that "grip you", give to you and stir you to "greatness": with rousing and beneficial effects
  • Landscapes of "breathtaking" beauty, that put you back in touch with nature and with yourself, slowing the pace of life (in perfect harmony with slow tourism), surrounding you with the nature and beauty that makes you feel whole
  • Stimulating landscapes: inciting you to engage in watersports and outdoor sports and leisure pursuits
  • Sites that are precious yet fragile, presenting the risks to nature that go with such attractiveness
  • Officially recognized, protected sites with multiple awards
  • Sites that, early on, declared their commitment, as a priority, to sustainable tourism
  • An emblematic range of common colours: sky, land and sea merge together in a palette of subtle shades; blues, greys, greens, whites, beiges, opals, yellows and golds against the red ochre of brick houses
  • Wide-open landscapes dominated by horizontal lines (highlighting the contours): strong presence of skies, often spectacular, and a collection of horizons and panoramas
  • Uplifting, "transcendental" lights
  • Ever-changing landscapes, constantly in motion, in perpetual flux: omnipresent wind, and weather influenced by the ocean and the tides

 

SHARED CHALLENGES
  • The preservation and restoration of fragile and attractive landscape
  • Smart management of intensive visitation that requires organization and control
  • Promotion of sustainable development principles
  • The label is awarded by the State for a period of 6 years