Trade fairs and advice for hiking enthusiasts

Publié le : 27 mars 2023


Trade fairs dedicated to hiking

Charmhotel has selected the 2 not-to-be-missed trade fairs for outdoor enthusiasts. We know them well, as we regularly take part in the annual editions of these not-to-be-missed events.

Nature destinations

The show is dedicated to fans of outdoor sports, as well as the general public. It takes place every year in March at Porte de Versailles in Paris. This is the 38th edition of the event!

Nature Destinations covers a wide range of activities: hiking, horse riding, cycling, trekking, trail walking, Nordic walking... Something to inspire you whatever your outdoor leisure pursuits.

Discover the latest news and trends in outdoor activities, dedicated accommodation and other complementary leisure activities. It's a major event for organising your next trip with your club, family, friends or solo.

All the information about the show:

The hiker's fair

Held at Lyon's Cité Internationale every year in March, this themed trade fair is a multi-faceted affair. It features hiking in all its forms (on foot, by bike, on horseback, Nordic walking, trail walking or trekking), for all levels, from regional walks to treks to the ends of the earth. Enjoy the outdoor spirit! There's a whole host of activities: exhibitions, forums, book signings, workshops, games, introductory courses, film screenings and more.

Exhibitors include accommodation professionals, tourist offices, clubs, associations, equipment manufacturers, equipment distributors, well-known and emerging brands... There's something for every outdoor sports fan.

The Salon du Randonneur gives you ideas for organising your next trip into the great outdoors.

For more information:

The advantages of hiking groups

Mini-groups, circles of friends, sub-groups of clubs, associations, clubs affiliated to the Fédération Française de Randonnée... What are the benefits of hiking in a group?

  • Share your love of walking
  • Enjoy a rich and varied programme
  • Meet new people and widen your circle of acquaintances
  • Find co-randonneurs of all levels
  • Discovering new places
  • Pool your travel resources and optimise costs
  • Progress by setting yourself targets for each new outing
  • Keep fit and maintain your health by exercising more regularly
  • Taking part in competitions
  • Benefit from advice from experienced hikers and even professional sportsmen and women
  • Learning new techniques
  • Discover other kinds of hiking...

More information on the French Hiking Federation website

The ideal holiday for hiking and outdoor enthusiasts

Whether you're a first timer or a seasoned sherpa, here are a few ideas to satisfy your passion:

  • Hiking with a roadbook: It shows you how to cross breathtaking natural landscapes and includes all the practical information you need, such as mountain huts, viewpoints to discover, gradients, route times, etc.
  • Explore the themes: We're all familiar with the different types of hiking (geotourism, trekking, snowshoeing, skiing, horse riding, cycling, etc.), but there are now other themes associated with hiking, such as fasting, poetry, ornithology, spiritual retreats, naturopathy, etc. Try other themed categories to vary the pleasures.
  • Combine 2 passions: culture and walking, hiking and gourmet food, the wine route, the sea and hiking, yoga and Nordic walking... Combine 2 interests in 1 stay and double your pleasure.
  • Competitions: Take part in races or trails, or make the most of your hiking holidays to cheer on the athletes, like at the famous UTMB for example.

Technology and hiking

Even if hiking is an invitation to disconnect, technology has come in very handy for hikers these days:

  • Mobile applications that let you find your way around, discover the flora and fauna, measure your progress...
  • GPS trackers to locate you
  • The GPS watch that helps you find your way without a map or handheld GPS unit
  • Water filter bottles to supply you with water wherever you are
  • Connected shelters
  • New materials to create optimum, lightweight equipment.

Progress abounds, and it doesn't necessarily have to be hyper-connected.

Our hotels welcome hiking fans

Hiking enthusiasts are looking for ideal places to stay and eat. Our hotel-restaurants are used to welcoming hikers, whether they are new to the sport or long-time adventurers.

Charmhotel highlights for hikers:

  • 17 Charmhotel in different regions of France and one Charmhotel in Quebec
  • Preparing picnic baskets for lunch
  • Route descriptions (easy, intermediate or very sporty) and expert advice on the most beautiful walks.
  • Spaces to store equipment and guarantee its safety
  • Cultural visits not to be missed
  • Seasonal activities and events
  • Relaxation areas to unwind
  • Local dishes in every one of our restaurants
  • The best addresses for local crafts

The Charmhotel packages are flexible and varied:

  • Bed & breakfast
  • Full board
  • Half board
  • Lunch stop
  • All-inclusive stay

Whatever your hiking plans, head to a Charmhotel for a successful holiday in comfort. See you soon, with or without a rucksack, in a group or on your own!


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