Nature activities in Provence Alpes Côte-d'Azur

  • Sainte-Victoire Mountain

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    Sainte-Victoire Mountain

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  • Calanque of Sormiou

    © ATOUT FRANCE/Franck Charel

    Calanque of Sormiou

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  • Plateau of Valensole

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    Plateau of Valensole

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  • Bulls in Camargue

    © ATOUT FRANCE/Pascal Gréboval

    Bulls in Camargue

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  • Hiking in Provence

    © ATOUT FRANCE/ Michel Angot

    Hiking in Provence

    © ATOUT FRANCE/ Michel Angot

Nature activities in Provence Alpes Côte-d'Azur 13000 Marseille fr

How can you sum up the Mediterranean region, with its coastline, Provence and the southern Alps? From the Camargue to the inlets in the Var, from the summits of the Queyras or the Briançon region to the heights of the Mont Ventoux, not forgetting the vast Verdon canyon, the region is full of exceptionally beautiful landscapes and protected areas (including 5 regional natural parks). In Provence-Alpes-Cote-d’Azur, everyone can enjoy nature in their own way.

Hiking

Hiking is very well catered for. Naturally, there is a lot going on high up in the mountains, but the GR 9 which takes in all the emblematic summits of Provence (Sainte-Victoire, Luberon, Sainte-Baume), all of which climb to an altitude of about 1,100m, and of course the "giant": the Mont Ventoux, 1,912m high. The slightly more original GR 49 (known as the Martel way) explores the bottom of the gorges du Verdon. Part of the coastline has remained in its untamed state in spite of the popularity, in the Calanques or the Var (cap Lardier, near Saint-Tropez!). But remember that during summer it is more difficult to get away.

Cyclotourism

The Camargue, i.e. the Rhône delta, is criss-crossed with pastures for the bulls, rice paddies and salt marshes, home to the famous, now sedentary pink flamingos. Its network of dikes provides many tracks for effortless mountain bike rides. A typical example is the 25 km route between les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and the Gacholle lighthouse, between the Étang de Vaccarès and the sea. And the hills in Provence with their scenic routes pass are scattered with old villages with their stone houses and the steep paths. Enthusiastic and experienced cyclists from all over the world are eager to try the (very steep) slopes of Mont Ventoux, but cyclotourists prefer the less demanding and well-marked Vélo route of the Luberon, 236km, which they can take at their own pace.

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