The MERCANTOUR National park
Much of it bordering Italy, The Mercantour National Park is one of 9 national parks in France.
Its 28 perched mountain villages, authentic and welcoming, are surrounded by untamed mountain slopes.
Listen to marmots whistle fiercely to warn each other of the presence of a golden eagle, and observe chamois and ibex climbing to the rockiest perches to ensure their safety. Follow the tracks of the elusive wolf, recently returned to France after a 50 year absence.
From Mediterranean oak to mountain pine, from aromatic herbs to Edelweiss, you can discover a great variety and number of plant species along some 800km of marked paths.
Embark on a self-guided walk through the "Vallée des Merveilles", where the of 3500 year-old rock engravings offer clues to how prehistoric populations lived and survived in the area.