Seven uninhabited valleys are at the center of the Mercantour National Park and they include the Roya, Bévéra, Vésubie, Tinée, Haut Var and Cians (in the Alpes-Maritimes), as well as the Verdon and Ubaye (in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence). There are also several crystalline lakes to visit on the way too!
Best time to visit
Summer, between June and September
How to get there
The park is a 2-hour drive away from Nice
During the summer season, Mercantour National Park enjoys average daily temperatures ranging from 18 ºC to 28 ºC. These temperatures drop at higher altitudes. The rainiest seasons are summer and autumn, and winter is cold and snowy
Mercantour is one of France’s 10 National Parks and is famous for its rich biodiversity and historical sites. Just a 2-hour drive away from Nice, this stunning location is perfect for outdoor adventures and active holidays. The highest mountain in the park is the Gélas, (3,143 m) from which you can see as far south as the Mediterranean. Many of the valleys are uninhabited and pristine. And in the local settlements, inhabitants are mostly shepherds, beekeepers, and cheesemakers. Mountain Climbing in Mercantour is the perfect way to experience the beauty of this breathtaking National Park in France!
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