Situated on France’s border with Italy, Mercantour National Park boats more than 600 kilometers of hiking trails in the mountains and valleys and is chock-full of incredible scenery and wondrous wildlife.
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Sprawling over 650 square kilometers in the southeast corner of France and boasting more than 600 kilometers of hiking trails, Mercantour National Park is a veritable paradise for hiking enthusiasts.
Among the most popular hiking options is a one-day trek through Vésubie Valley and Madone de Fenestre. This path takes you to the summit of the highest mountain in the park, Gélas, (3,143 meters) where you can see as far south as the Mediterranean and get gorgeous views into the Alps to the north.
Another popular option is to head out on a multi-day trek, staying at various mountain cottages and huts each night. Heading to the famous Vallée des Merveilles makes for a great multi-day trek, especially when an ascent of Mont Bego is included. Here hikers can admire more than 37,000 petroglyphs too!
During the hiking season, Mercantour National Park enjoys average daily temperatures ranging from 18 ºC to 28 ºC. These temperatures dip a bit, the higher up you are in elevation. In terms of rain, the summer and autumn are the wettest months of the year, with August being the wettest month.
The easiest way to get to Mercantour National Park is generally flying into the international airport in Nice (NCE). From here, you can rent a car and make the incredibly scenic drive 1.5 hour drive to the park.
May to September
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