Only one hour from Nice and the beaches of the Riviera, many hikes and outdoor sports can be practised in the Mercantour National Park, one of ten National Parks in France.
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With a wealth of exceptional wild flora and fauna, the Mercantour National Park reveals sumptuous landscapes, framed by sea and mountain. As you hike you will meet chamois, mountain goats, marmots, eagles and bearded vultures. The iconic wolf is present in the Mercantour. In the heart of the park regulations are in place to reconcile exploration and respect of nature. The area of the park is made up of dynamic villages of character.
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La Grande Traversée du Mercantour is a great crossing of 16 days between Entraunes and the beaches of Menton, enabling you to explore this exceptional area at the pace of your hiking boots.
The Mercantour National Park covers 1 615 km2 at an altitude of 490 metres (Gorges de la Bévera) to 3,143 m (Cime du Gélas) above sea level.
It stretches from east to west over 7 valleys and 2 départements, the Alpes-Maritimes and the Alpes- de-Haute-Provence. It extends across 28 communities.