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Parc de la Valmasque


Parc de la Valmasque

In the Côte d’Azur region, close to Sophia-Antipolis, the Valmasque departmental park offers the inhabitants of the Côte d’Azur (the French Riviera) and tourists on holiday in Cannes, Nice or Antibes a place to take a walk in a green setting, in the heart of typically Mediterranean vegetation. Enjoy a short excursion away from the city in the heart of Provence.

A 428-hectare wooded park

Located in the communes of Valbonne and Mougins, in the south of France, the public Parc de la Valmasque covers 428 hectares. Wooded hills and gently curving valleys offer typically Mediterranean vegetation and landscapes, with pine forests, oak groves, olive groves, scrubland and lawns.

The park is watered by the Valmasque and the Bouillide, two streams that feed various ponds and pools before joining the Brague. Your walk can take you to the banks of the Fontmerle pond, which is surprisingly rich in biological diversity. The lotuses, in flower in summer, cover part of the pond and offer a magnificent spectacle. Its waters are home to carp, eels, tenchs and batrachians.

Birdwatchers can observe many birds around the pond. Around sixty sedentary or migratory species live in the Valmasque park: ducks, herons, coots, egrets, gallinules, etc. An observation platform has been specially installed to admire the view and the incredible fauna and flora. Signs make it easy to recognise the different species.

Facilities for the whole family

The Valmasque park is designed to welcome families. The paths are perfectly laid out, accessible to children and easy to walk on. A discovery trail offers a fun way to learn about Mediterranean insects.

Safe play areas offer a fun break along the way: slides, turnstiles, swings, suspension bridges and colourful wooden huts will delight the youngest!

Sanitary facilities and water points have been installed near the pond and the play areas, to offer you the highest level of comfort.

Numerous nature activities

The various paths enable you to walk through the three hills, the meadows and the valleys of the Valmasque park.

The more sporty can take the fitness trail. It is 1.4 km long and runs around the Clausonnes hill, offering a series of physical exercises on wooden equipment.

Two routes are dedicated to soft mobility, and more particularly to bicycles.

The park can also be discovered on horseback, with an 8-kilometre equestrian trail located near several riding schools.

The Valmasque departmental park has been awarded the “Tourism and Handicap” label. Reserved parking spaces and specific signage are available, and many paths can be used by wheelchair users.

The Cannes Mougins golf course offers golfers an 18-hole course of great quality, in a preserved natural environment.

Practical information

 

The Valmasque Park is accessible by car:

  • from the A8 motorway (exit Cannes or Antibes)
  • from Valbonne (departmental road 103 then RD 35)
  • from Vallauris (departmental road 135 towards Mougins).

Several car parks have been created near the various entrances to the park.

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