Reconnecting with nature: that’s the well-being philosophy on offer in the Mercantour National Park. In this conserved area, ecotourism rules and time stands still. For a truly zen stay, let yourself be tempted by charm-filled discovery amid lakes and mountains.
Exploring the Mercantour National Park, you will appreciate the landscapes, fauna, flora and the cultural heritage of these well conserved areas in a different way. You will change your relationship with time by freeing yourself of schedules, finally daring to "take your time"... Breaking away from a daily life controlled by the hands of the clock, you will embrace the slower rhythm of nature and familiarise yourself with a new idea of well-being.
Ecotourism: try out natural well-being
Staying in the National Park also means becoming entirely involved in responsible tourism. It means committing yourself to protecting nature, by supporting the related economy and values, and by choosing sustainable holidays that definitely do not diminish the enjoyment of relaxing, giving it real meaning!
A change of scenery in Barcelonnette, a mountain capital with the feel of Mexico City
Barcelonnette, the "Capital of the Ubaye", plays a key role in the valley. Most of the entertainment, shops and leisure activities are concentrated here. Its historical and natural heritage has made it a wonderful gateway to the Mercantour National Park. The valley's economy, which has always been open to trade and commerce, has for a long time been based on the textile industry, whose close links with the Americas go back to the middle of the 19th century and can be seen in the astonishing local architecture.
Estrop Valley: on your way to well-being
Have you heard about those little hidden valleys that lead to well-being? Estrop Valley, departing from Estenc, is one of them! At the beginning of summer, this magnificent U-shaped valley reveals a succession of peaceful landscapes with soft green meadows. A stop at Estrop lake will complete your immersion in this unspoilt nature... After the Giolorgue Pass, Tinée Valley appears where the wonderful village of Saint Dalmas Le Selvage awaits you.
Spend a night at Cougourde Refuge, alone or with your family
Who has never dreamt of a night at high altitude in the warmth of a mountain refuge? In Haut Boréon, the Cougourde Refuge is the ideal place to make this dream come true. With its immense forests and sunset views over the mountain ridges, this commune in the Vésubie Valley lives up to its nickname of "Little Switzerland of Nice"... A little further up, Lake Trécolpas and its beautiful island await you to continue your adventure in "zen" mode...