• One park, six valleys

    One park, six valleys

    The crystalline massif of the Mercantour, from valley to valley, offers the flavours of the Mediterranean, Provence, Alps and Italy.
  • Nature abounding

    Nature abounding

    With large ungulates, small mammals, birds, reptiles and insects, the Mercantour fauna is very diverse.
  • A remarkable heritage

    A remarkable heritage

    Religions building, military relic, place names, local dialects, culinary traditions, everything here echo a long common history with Italy.


The protected area covers some 685 km², consisting of a central uninhabited 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) - and a peripheral zone comprising 28 villages. Many of them are perched villages,such as Belvédère at the entrance to the spectacular Gordolasque valley, concealing great architectural riches (numerous churches decorated with murals and altar pieces by primitive Niçois painters).

More than 150 rural sites are located within the Park.

Around Mont Bégo there are petroglyphs pecked out on schist and granite faces. They have been dated from the late Neolithic and Bronze Ages.


At Chamois d'Or you will always have a pleasant time...


    Four kilometers from the town of Briga, not far from the Vallée des Merveilles in the county of Nice, overlooking flowing torrent waters, sits the chapel of Notre Dame des Fontaines.

    An acrobatic adventure among larch trees, for the delight of children and adults alike.

    Our ancestors from the Bronze Age left us over 30,000 examples of prehistoric graffiti in the area.

    The opening of the museum in Tenda has allowed the collection and conservation of extraordinary examples of cave art from the Vallée des Merveilles, prompting us to reconsider our understanding of the beliefs, culture, and daily life of the peoples who inhabited the surroundings of Mount Bego.

    Horse-back riding enthusiasts can book simple routes for beginners, or more advances excursions to admire the landscape in the company of these magnificent animals.

    While hiking through the Mercanout Park you can admire forests of larch trees, red and white firs, pine trees of a thousand shades of green, and rock lichen with colorful flowers.

Come Visit Casterino

Mercantour national park, a unique protected area, in the heart of the mountains and an hour from the sea

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