Escape your daily routine all around the world
Whether you’re drawn to dream beaches, craving wild adventures or curious to discover the French overseas territories, it’s time to turn these desires into reality! Here are the ten unmissable destinations to visit when you turn sixty.
Relax mind, body and soul
There’s no doubt about it, the Isle of Beauty remains one of the Mediterranean Sea’s greatest treasures. From Calvi in the north to Bonifacio on the southern tip, via little port villages like Cargèse, Corsica reveals diversity and contrasting landscapes. Its intimate beaches and coves hidden in the heart of unspoilt nature offer opportunities for unforgettable swims.
Like a pearl floating right in the middle of the Adriatic Sea, Croatia is a small country blessed by nature. Its crystal-clear waters and thousands of hidden islands and coves are evidence of its wealth of maritime heritage. Its history is just as rich, exemplified by the wonderful city of Dubrovnik and Diocletian’s Palace in Split, both listed as UNESCO World Heritage, since 1979.
Often overlooked, the wonderful fine sand beaches that cover the Irish coastline provide a spectacular setting and boast colours worthy of the tropics. The Celtic country also has a timeless magic the full worth of which can be seen in Dublin, the capital, and in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. The latter is home to the Giant’s Causeway, a geological formation made up of over 40,000 basalt columns. Finally, the Aran Islands and their ancient low stone walls that stretch as far as the eye can see, are worth getting lost in, like in a labyrinth.
In adventure mode
Patagonia and the Chilean fjords
Sailing along the Pacific coast of South America gives you the opportunity to discover contrasting wild landscapes. An immersion in the winding Chilean fjords or Patagonia provides magical experiences. The nature there reveals itself to be enchanting and unreal, whether you find yourself in Puerto Montt, the capital of the Los Lagos Region, or the Torres Del Paine National Park, with its turquoise icebergs and golden grasslands that are home to pumas, huemuls (the largest deer in Patagonia) and other animals.
The white continent has no equivalent anywhere on the planet. It is an experience of another world and your arrival in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, will already be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. On this expedition you can criss-cross Neko Harbour and its snow-covered mountains, as well as the fabulous polar deserts adorned with tabular icebergs and exceptional animals such as humpback whales. The veritable emblems of the continent – the penguins – will be pleased to meet you!
Here too, the diversity of New Zealand’s landscapes is something that can be enjoyed from all angles. From Tauranga, a land of contrasts with its hot springs and blue or orange lakes, to Milford Sound which is home to uninhabited fiords, not forgetting Wellington, the capital and former site of the Maori people, New Zealand is a treasure of the Pacific Ocean with unique beauty. The 23-hour flight to reach Auckland, the largest city, is well worth it…
Norway and the North Sea
The Viking spirit still resonates in the often icy waters of the North Sea. Norway is the perfect place for appreciating the crystal-clear waters of the fjords and for discovering the country’s cultural heritage. Head to Bergen with its mountains which overlook the city centre. Other must-see locations include: Olden with its wooden churches, Haugesund with its Viking heritage and Flåm, a stunning natural site with gigantic waterfalls.
The Caribbean and the Antilles
With its idyllic islands and unique seabed, the Caribbean Sea is a safe bet if you want breath-taking holidays and a change of scenery. To appreciate it, there’s nothing better than exploring the French West Indies. Martinique and Fort-de-France, Guadeloupe and the Îles des Saintes, popular for their crystal-clear waters, and Saint Lucia with its two volcanic Pitons… Enjoy Creole easy living without limits.
To discover the most extraordinary seabed in the world, head to French Polynesia. Superlatives don’t come close to describing the beauty of the atolls in this part of the Pacific Ocean. Bora Boralooks like a paradise and, with its coral reef and lush nature, Moorea’s , beauty is infinite. This trip is also an opportunity to immerse yourself in Polynesian culture which is rich in traditions such as the art of tattooing and himene, polyphonic songs.
To the north of New Zealand hides a French territory whose beauty is only matched by its diversity: New Caledonia. Although there is no shortage of landscapes worthy of a postcard, from Lifou Island to the Belep Archipelago, the collectivity of ten or so islands has an unusual cultural and human dimension. Kanak culture can be appreciated in particular in Hienghène. This village is home to the Goa Ma Bwarhat Cultural Centre, a place to learn about arts and traditions, established in 1984 by Jean-Marie Tjibaou, a major figure in Kanak culture.
Travelling as defined by PONANT
Caribbean, Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Antarctica, New Zealand and more… Let yourself be carried away on the seven seas.