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The Mercantour National Park, Alpes–Maritimes, France


Mel Jones & Liz Lord

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The Mercantour is one of the least known, yet best National Parks in France, and one of the top 10 National Parks in the world – (published in – based on Lonely Planet data).

The park stretches north along the Franco Italian border where the splendid landscape becomes the Parco delle Alpi Marittime, and is criss-crossed by the magic GR (grande randonnée) routes - the GR5, GR52, GR52a and the Via Alpina.

Created in 1979, so 40 years old in 2019, the protected area covers some 685 square kilometres, consisting of a central zone comprising seven valleys - Roya, Bévéra, Vésubie, Tinée, Haut Var/Cians (in the Alpes Maritimes) plus Verdon and Ubaye (in the Alpes de Haute Provence).

The only village in the central zone is the fascinating Mollières, razed to the ground in front of the Allied advance at the end of WWII, and now being re-inhabited by humans and our lupine friends alike!!

A lover of the great outdoors however, can enjoy magnificent peaks over 3000m, including Cime du Gélas at 3143m, and a wealth of flora and fauna, rarely bettered anywhere in the world.

At the heart of the eastern side of the Mercantour is the Vallée des Merveilles. At the foot of the imposing Mont Bégo, visitors can admire some 37,000 rock carvings dating back to the Bronze Age.

Map of the Mercantour National Park

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Photography – many thanks to all of you who have allowed us to use your images – and in turn been kind enough to let us shoot you at play. Photo galleries courtesy of Lightbox2 by Lokesh Dhakar.
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