National nature Parks in Provence South of France

The Natural Park VERDON

The river Verdon is the natural border between the Var and the Alpes-de-Haute Provence. This spectacular site has a very rich environment. In fact, there are nearly 1500 plant species and almost all all species of raptors in France.

The Regional Natural Park of Verdon is an ideal place for hikers and offers beautiful surprises. At the end of a path, you might find yourself facing a lake with turquoise waters or a large lavender field. To better appreciate the landscapes, new loops have been created. Do not miss the "Petit Plateau" loop, which is 37 kms long, starting from the plateau of Valensole or the "Balcons d'Esparron" from Esparron-de-Verdon which crosses the park for 33kms. Finally, the "Basses Gorges" loop starting from Allemagne-en-Provence allows you to travel de Verdon for nearly 37kms.

Natural park of Camargue, famous for its flamingos

Close to Arles, the Camargue has a protected natural site rich in fauna and flora. Many white horses, the region's symbol, live and roam free with bulls, flamingos and more than 350 bird species. This rich biodiversity is possible thanks to a strong influx of fresh water and salt water, coming from the Rhone on one side and from the Mediterranean Sea on the other.

Calanques National Park in Provence

In the Bouches du Rhône, the Calanques National Park (External link) was created in 2012 and is the first national park, both terrestrial and peri-urban in Europe. There is a great diversity of landscapes but also an important cultural heritage.

Luberon regional National Park

Very famous for its archaeological and geological heritage, the Luberon (External link) has the "Biosphere Reserve" label awarded by UNESCO. At the center of the largest ocher deposit in the world, the contrasts of colors are striking. Many hiking and biking trails are also set up to help you discover these exceptional landscapes in various ways.

Port Cros Natural Park

Port Cros Natural Park (External link) is the first national marine park in Europe and is also a veritable marine and bird sanctuary with a past steeped in history. The hearts of the park, Port Cros Island and Porquerolles Island transport you to beautiful island landscapes where wild nature and human activity subtly mix.

The Alpilles regional Natural Park

Located in the prolongation of the Luberon, the Alpilles chain is a must-see in Provence. This limestone massif which can reach to 400m of altitude has been tamed by Man since the Neolithic. Since then, many historical testimonies have been left, allowing the Alpilles Regional Natural Park to boast a strong cultural heritage.