Mercantour National Park, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur

National Parks are the pride of France, amongst other destinations. One among these parks is Mercantour National Park. It was established in the year 1979. It caters to about 800,000 tourists every year. It has stretches of 1,969,000 ft. (600,200 m) of marked pedestrian tracks. The park is rich in flora and fauna. A huge variety of species can be found here. There are holm oak trees, Mediterranean olive trees, firs, rhododendrons spruces, Swiss pine trees. Mercantour National Park is has about 2,000 species of flowering plants, and rare ones at that, such as edelweiss and martagon lily, houseleek, moss campion, and the likes. Chamois and marmots can be frequently spotted. The ermine, ibex and the mouflon is rarer and not visible easily. Wildlife consists of Red Deer and Roe Deer in the shallow grass areas. Numerous hares and wild boars, partridges, Golden Eagles and Buzzards, various species of butterflies and even about 50 Italian Wolves – who migrated in the early nineties. Use our Aix-en-Provence trip itinerary website to visit Mercantour National Park on your trip to Aix-en-Provence, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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(Aix-en-Provence is the nearest city to Mercantour National Park)

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  • The climb is worth the detour. After several days in this wonderful place, comes with stars in her eyes and with a long history of 6,000 years lesson.
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  • Place beautiful, protected, hiking trail with a very landscapes, its heritage, its spaces, that happiness.
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  • The landscape is very beautiful and spectacular with the canyons. Special end of June / beginning of July. It blooms about and we were able to observe many different wildlife (Chamois, marmots, eagles,...). The people are very friendly and the food is fantastic. French language skills are of advantage, nevertheless we repeatedly encountered locals who spoke good English and some even German. Unfortunately, we have removed nothing despite week-long hike. We were with a donkey on the road and have stayed in small hotels, guesthouses, cottages and even private homes. A really wonderful holiday in nature with great recreational value.
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Where to stay in Aix-en-Provence

To explore the old town's shops, markets, and bookstores on foot, stay at one of the city's centrally located hotels. Just a short drive from this busy central area are a selection of luxurious villas, surrounded by formal gardens and private swimming pools. Though rather expensive, these elegant mansions provide a convenient base from which to explore the cultured area surrounding the city. For a cheaper alternative, look for private inns and B&Bs on the edge of town.
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