A National Park
What does that mean?
This means that due to its rich biodiversity, stunning landscapes and cultural importance, it is a protected conservation area. By protecting an area’s biodiversity and beauty, a national park contributes to mankind’s overall quality of life, both now and in the future. First listed in 1979, Mercantour National Park is one of eleven national parks in France. Covering an area of 1,801 km², it includes six valleys, each with its own special character, namely Verdon, Var-Cians, Ubaye, Tinée, Vésubie and Roya-Bévéra. As part of its sustainable development policy, the park’s main objectives are to gain a better understanding of its biotopes and ecosystems by conducting flora and fauna inventories and counts, to manage the number of visitors and, most importantly, to share this precious natural area with others by creating a place of respect.