France has nine national Parks; four of these are located, partially or totally, in the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur: les Calanques, les Ecrins, Port-Cros and le Mercantour. Recognised by the French government for their exceptional character in respect of nature, landscapes and culture, they are subject to specific regulations in order to safeguard the riches they provide. Each park is broken down into two zones: the “Coeur de Parc” (central zone) which is subject to regulations aiming to protect the environment, and the “aire d’adhésion”(on the periphery), whose aim is to unite the surrounding communes in a shared sustainable development plan.
Bouches du Rhône
The Calanques National Park is the first national park in Europe to be, at the same time, terrestrial, marine and peri-urban and the first national metropolitan park created since 1979. This tenth French national Park aims to allow everyone to be able to admire, work and live sustainably, in harmony with nature whilst respecting the [...]
Alpes Maritimes, Alpes de Haute-Provence
The Mercantour National Park is the final part of the Alps just before the Mediterannean. It is a land of contrasts, home to a large variety of fauna, flora and landscapes, sometimes unique in Europe. It forms, together with the neighbouring Italian national park, a unique cross-border natural area. Land of people, it includes two [...]
Created in 1973, the Ecrins National Park marks the point at which the northern Alps meet the Southern Alps. Its territory is composed of a central parc of 92 000 hectares and surrounding land of 180 000 hectares, which makes it the largest park in France. It is a land of open spaces. It offers [...]
The Port Cros National Park is the first marine park in Europe. It extends over 700 hectares of dry land and 1 300 hectares underwater. On the islands of Port-Cros and Porquerolles, visitors will discover contrasts in nature; steep cliffs and narrow valleys traversed with green oaks. Botany lovers will be in their element with [...]