Welcome to Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France’s top destination for 100% green tourism. Home to 4 national parks, 9 regional nature reserves, countless protected areas and a myriad of quality-certified eco-tourism establishments and service providers, there’s something for every nature lover in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.
The mineral and wild character of the Écrins, the peace of the Mercantour and the mesmerizing charm of Port-Cros and the Calanques. The four national parks in the Région Sud, known internationally as exceptional territories because of their abundant biodiversity, reflect the region's rich natural and cultural heritage.
NATURE RESERVES IN SLOW MODE
If you really want to observe nature, better understand its subtleties and immerse yourself in its full beauty, take your time! Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur's regional nature reserves are magnificent wide open spaces, perfect for getting a taste of the slow trend and green tourism. Slow and steady wins the day – your new motto!
Natural areas are essential destinations for those who are interested in sustainable tourism. Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur is home to many of these areas, which have activities, lodging and restaurants that are committed to this approach. You can find them via the eco-label system, an essential for responsible holidays.
NATURAL TREASURES CARVED BY THE HAND OF MAN
The ties between mankind and nature date back many thousands of years and here in Provence-Apes-Côte d'Azur, we continue to nurture them while striving to maintain a healthy equilibrium. Culture, history and ancient know-how... Discover man's life and work as you explore our beautiful natural sites.
REGIONAL NATURAL PARKS
Choosing a regional natural park is opting for a different destination where heritage preservation is a major objective. The Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region today has eight beautiful regional natural parks spread across mountains, coastline and hinterland. Each offer a unique ecotourism experience.
YOUR OWN PACE
THE PLEASURES OF ECOTOURISM
Opt for the crystalline waters of the Calanques fjords, wild scenery of Port-Cros island, dizzy summits of the Ecrins and Queyras, starry skies of the Baronnies provençales, or mysterious underground galleries of the Préalpes d’Azur… The national parks and nature reserves of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur connect you with the infinite beauty of nature!
WHERE MANKIND & NATURE LIVE HAND IN HAND
Farming has always played an essential role in the everyday life and development of our nature reserves and rural areas. Our ancient farming traditions are committed to respecting the environment, upholding the ancient know-how of our producers and promoting our natural resources. Back to basics.
OUR 100% NATURAL TOP PICKS AND SELECTIONS
TOP 10 ECO-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION
Welcome to our hand-picked Top 10 selection of ecotourism accommodation flying the flag of the "Esprit Parc National" or "Valeur Parc Naturel Régional" label, for a guaranteed fabulous stay in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur! Head out to explore our parks and reserves while enjoying the region's finest eco-friendly establishments.
MUST-DO 100% NATURE EVENTS
Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur's nature reserves and national parks host a myriad of exciting, 100% nature events unveiling the many facets of our region. With farmers' markets, a biodiversity festival, specialist-interest walks and much more, nature has plenty of healthy treats in store for you!
Camargue, Luberon, Verdon, Ecrins and Mercantour… The names dreams are made of! Immerse yourself in the stunning natural treasures of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur for a travel adventure to remember forever.
ECOTOURISM IN MERCANTOUR
100% nature, 100% pedestrian and a 100% change of scenery… Our quality-certified Esprit Parc National tour of Vésubie Valley, in the heart of Mercantour National Park, keeps its promises! Welcome to a fabulous mountain adventure dotted with adorable animals and precious plants, and topped with a culinary eco-workshop.
TOUR DU COMBEYNOT IN ECRINS
We're off for a hiking adventure among the rocky landscapes and gigantic glaciers of Écrins National Park. A genuine feast for the eyes, our 4-day trek in the Southern Alps, starting out from Col du Lautaret, promises a magical plunge into high mountain scenery, traditions and history.
White horses against a backdrop of pink salt marshes and blue skies... This magical image is part of the South's collective consciousness. But iconic and mythical Camargue also lives and breathes thanks to the passionate and authentic men and women who welcome visitors into their world of ancient know-how and traditions. Enjoy an insider's tour of Camargue and its secrets thanks to a host of establishments and service providers flying the flag of the Valeurs Parc Naturel Régional label.
A CHARMING ESCAPE IN THE ALPILLES
Entre Rhône et Durance, l’heure est à l’évasion au pays des senteurs et des terres de légendes et traditions. Arpentez quelques-uns des plus beaux sites de Provence grâce à ce circuit dont les randonnées et les prestataires marqués Valeurs Parc naturel régional vous emmèneront au cœur du Parc des Alpilles. Relief déchiqueté, villages perchés et rochers sculptés… une mosaïque de paysages noyée au milieu des vignes, oliveraies, champs de lavandes et plantations d’amandiers !
THE VERDON BY BIKE, AT WATER'S EDGE
This magnificent cycle tour heads up the Verdon river to the lakes that supply fresh water to the entire region. From plateaux to canyons, revel in a cycling adventure inspired by Vélo Loisirs Provence and taste the freedom of our wide open spaces.
BETWEEN LAND AND SEA IN THE CALANQUES
A combined land and sea reserve, the Calanques National Park, at the gateway to Marseille, is one of only two national parks offering a true 360° experience! From Marseille to Cassis, dazzling sunlight guides visitors on and under the water to beautiful hiking trails. Explore some of the parks finest treasures with this 5-day tour in the heart of nature.
LA MARALPINE : HIKE IN THE PRÉALPES D’AZUR
A vibrant voyage from the banks of the tumultuous Estéron river to Mont Cheiron - the rooftop of the Préalpes d’Azur - and the impressive cliffs of the Côte d'Azur. Quite an odyssey! Delightful lodgings, local produce and preserved countryside... The finest ingredients for an amazing adventure.
EXCEPTIONAL HIKING HOLIDAY IN QUEYRAS
Set out to discover the hidden treasures of the western Queyras area and enjoy a taste of the wild! Overflowing with hilltop villages and historic trails, this self-guided Valeurs Parc Naturel Régional tour imagined by Destination Queyras unveils the secrets of the area's rich natural and cultural heritage.
UNDER THE STARRY SKIES OF THE BARONNIES PROVENÇALES
Captivating and instilled with poetry and mystery, night time is a source of both fascination and fear. Discover one of France's most beautiful night skies in the capable hands of experts with this extraordinary break courtesy of the Baronnies Provençales Astronomical Observatory, with highlights including auditory, infrared and ultrasonic walks. Reach for the stars!
PORT-CROS : FROM HYÈRES TO GIENS PENINSULA
Basking between land, sea and sky, Port-Cros National Park unveils its many treasures during this 5-day tour departing from Hyères. On foot and by boat and bike... A plethora of exciting outdoor activities for lovers of nature, history and culture keen to discover this fairytale location.
FOUR SEASONS ON THE FARM AT THE FOOT OF MONT VENTOUX
Get back in touch with the beauty of nature at the foot of the aptly-nicknamed Giant of Provence. You will be staying at a gorgeous B&B at the heart of Domaine Plein Pagnier, a family vineyard steeped in a countrified atmosphere. Over the seasons, vines, cherry trees and olive trees deliver up their precious gifts here thanks to biodynamic growing techniques that respect farming traditions and, of course, the environment.