Tèrra Aventura: 6 highly-unusual trails to discover the town in a different way

To uncover one-of-a-kind places, to motivate your kids to roam through towns, to discover new landscapes, check out Tèrra Aventura, Nouvelle-Aquitaine’s incredible treasure hunt.

With our selection of the day, we invite you to change perspective, to look elsewhere and even to treat your taste buds as you discover our towns and villages in a different way. With Zegraff you’ll discover street art in Bayonne, with Zenight Limoges’ rich heritage, with Zalambic the Côtes du Marmandais vineyards, with Zart’ 1950s’ architecture in Royan… and so much more.

Street art with Zegraff

bayonne, nouvelle-aquitaine

Bayonne, the gateway to the Basque Country, enjoys a privileged geographical location: 10 min from the ocean, 30 min from Spain and 40 min from the first foothills of the Pyrénées. Even though it’s wonderful to stroll through the alleyways of Petit and Grand Bayonne, it’s really the unusual side of the city that Zegraff wants you to explore. By following his Street Art-focused riddles, you’ll be amazed to see how perfect the urban fabric is for surprising discoveries!

“Everyone seeks their own style” trail in Bayonne.

Difficulty level: 2/5 – Ground: 1/5 - Duration: 2h – Distance: 5 km.

Fruit-filled tasting with Zalambic

cocumont, nouvelle-aquitaine

The little village of Cocumont, located south-west of Marmande, perched on top of a hillside, dominates the Garonne Valley. The village offers a vista over the surrounding vines. Zalambic invites you to the heart of the “Côtes du Marmandais” vineyard for a little tour of the different grape varieties around the Cocumont cooperative winery.

“The wine barrel cache!” trail in Cocumont.

Difficulty level: 3/5 – Ground: 3/5 - Duration: 2h – Distance: 5 km.

Give Zéfaim a hand to concoct a few dishes

sarlat-la-canéda, nouvelle-aquitaine

Sarlat, the jewel of Black Périgord, enchants the eyes and excites the taste buds: exceptionally-rich architectural heritage which has led Sarlat to be awarded the French “Town of Art and History” label and gastronomic heritage with outstanding regional products. Zéfaim knows this only too well! He’s actually in Sarlat right now looking for the ingredients he needs to make a few typical Périgord recipes. Fancy giving him a hand?

“Delicious Périgord” trail in Sarlat-la-Canéda.

Difficulty level: 2/5 – Ground: 2/5 - Duration: 1h-2h – Distance: 2.5 km.

Vintage style with Zart’

royan-zart

The seaside resort of Royan, at the entrance to the Gironde Estuary, is an unusual town which leaves no one indifferent with its one-of-a-kind 1950s-style architecture. You’ll discover one surprise after another in the different districts of the town among Belle Époque villas and monuments rebuilt after the war, such as the Congress Centre, one of the town’s iconic buildings.

“Back to the Fifties!” trail in Royan.

Difficulty level: 3/5 – Ground: 2/5 - Duration: 2h – Distance: 4.5

Enchanting by day, enchanting by night with Zenight

limoges, nouvelle-aquitaine

Besides its artistic qualities, Limoges, capital of fire arts, boasts an abundant architectural and cultural heritage: it majestic Gothic cathedral and its gardens overlooking the Vienne, its Butchers' district with half-timbered houses, its covered market... At night, buildings dazzle with light… and are sure to wow you during this stroll. If you’re not a “night owl” like Zenight, the trail is still wonderful during the day and the riddles can be solved in day light... or can they ?!

“Limoges by night!” trail in Limoges.

Difficulty level: 3/5 – Ground: 2/5 - Duration: 2h-3h – Distance: 5 km.

A literary stroll with Zétoulu

montmorillon, nouvelle-aquitaine

The charming town of Montmorillon located south-east of Poitiers is nicknamed "the Book Town". A timeless place also known as "Town of the Written Word and Book Crafts" just waiting to be discovered at the very heart of its picturesque medieval district. A myriad of bookshops and second-hand bookstores welcome bookworms, collectors, art lovers and visitors. It is also Zétoulou’s headquarters, but that goes without saying...

“The secret admirer” trail in Montmorillon.

Difficulty level: 3/5 – Ground: 2/5 - Duration: 1h-2h – Distance: 1.5 km.

So, what is Tèrra Aventura?

Head off on an adventure on a gigantic playground throughout the 12 French "départements" of Nouvelle-Aquitaine and their 400 trails to explore. You’ll have riddles to solve thanks to clues you gather along the way. By registering your answers in the app, you’ll unlock a code: the location of the cache !

Good luck adventurers, and enjoy your quest.

The app and the game are available in French, English, Spanish, German and Dutch and are totally free-of-charge.

If you speak French : Discover all the tips and tricks for an adventure with Tèrra Aventura and get great ideas from the Guide du Routard’s “Guide du Routard Terra Aventura”.

Text @Guide du Routard / Hachette livre; 2019.

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