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Parks of Provence

Escape to the natural parks of Provence

Provence is an area known for its idyllic setting on the Mediterranean Sea and its unique landscapes.

Among its not-to-be-missed sites that we invite you to discover, there are the famous national parks of the Calanques and that of Port-Cros, which are both places recognized for their authenticity and beauty. These parks are also highly protected sites in view of their exceptional fauna and flora.

The Pors-Cros Park, created in 1963 and located in the Var on the islands of Hyères, is the first land and water park in Europe. It has a considerable historical heritage with its Roman ruins including some thirty shipwrecks and twenty military forts. Privileged port of call to migratory birds, the site also shelters a number of endemic terrestrial species, such as the Tyrrhenian painted frog, salamander, and the Europe leaf-toed gecko, a reptile in the process of decline. The marine environment also has underwater landscapes endemic to the Mediterranean with posidonia seagrass and coralligenous algae where there inhabit more than 180 species of fish and numerous invertebrates.

The Calanques National Park is located in Bouches-du-Rhône with its municipality in the heart of Marseille, Cassis and La Ciotat. It was created in 2012 and is the tenth-largest French national park and the first semi-urban European park both land and sea. This site includes unique and diverse landscapes: coastal cliffs cut off from calanques (inlets) and a vast marine area that, along with the Cassidaigne canyon, includes one of the richest underwater canyons of the Mediterranean in terms of biodiversity. It also includes several islands, both biodiversity refuges and bearers of heritage treasures. Located in one of the most arid and windy areas of France, the spectacular landscapes of land and sea areas shelter numerous heritage, coastal and continental species.