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

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

Through 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 much more.

Head for the walls 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 enigmas, you’ll be amazed to see how much the urban fabric is perfect 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 through the different grape varieties around the Cocumont cooperative winery. A tip: don’t get distracted by Zéfaim.

“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 can’t leave anyone indifferent with its one-of-a-kind 1950s-styled architecture. Zart’ was left in awe. You’ll discover one surprise after another in the different districts of the town among Belle Époque villas and monuments rebuilt after the war like 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 km.

Enchanting by day, enchanting by night with Zenight

limoges, nouvelle-aquitaine

Besides its artistic qualities, Limoges, capital of fired-art objects, bubbles over with rich architectural and cultural heritage: it majestic Gothic-style cathedral and its gardens overlooking the Vienne, its Boucherie district and its 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-time creator” like Zenight, the trail is still wonderful during the day and the enigmas within your grasp … or almost.

“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 Book Town. A timeless place known as Town of the Written Word and Book Craft awaits discovery 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’s also Zétoulou’s fiefdom, 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 through a gigantic playground covering 12 Nouvelle-Aquitaine departments and 400 trails to explore. You’ll have to solve the enigmas with the clues you glean along the trail. By writing your answers in the app, you’ll end up being given a code: the position of the cache to find.

Good luck adventurers, and enjoy your discoveries big time!

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

Discover all the tips and tricks to head off for an adventure with Tèrra Aventura and the Guide du Routard’s great ideas in “Guide du Routard Terra Aventura” (planned public release 02 December).

Text @Guide du Routard / Hachette livre; 2019.

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