Face to Face with Wild Animals on the Côte d’Azur

From Alpha Park to the Pelagos Marine Sanctuary, the Alpes-Maritimes region is full of protected natural areas that are among the most beautiful in Europe. Increasingly popular, these wild animal observation sites make for a memorable ecotourism odyssey, between land and sea.
By Mélissa Darré

Drawing on a rich and diverse territory, the Alpes-Maritimes region is filled with exceptional natural landscapes, in which wolves, chamois, bison, dolphins and other legendary wildlife live. A biodiversity unique in Europe, which brings together more than 12 000 species of fauna and flora, within protected areas enabling their observation in the wild. It’s a facet of the region too often ignored in favor of the glitz that makes the French Riviera’s reputation.

"People often feel that it’s not for them. So for the last 3 years, we’ve been working to change that image with a 'sporty’ dimension, offering ecotourism stays that are respectful of the environment," explains Eric Doré, CEO of the Côte d'Azur Regional Tourism Committee.

Thus, from the high peaks of the Alps to the Mediterranean coast, Alpha Park, the Monts d'Azur Reserve or the Pelagos Marine Sanctuary open their doors to the curious for an unforgettable encounter with large mammals. These discovery tours privilege green modes of transport, promotion of local producers and awareness of the environment.

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Face to Face with Wild Animals on the Côte d’Azur
Face to Face with Wild Animals on the Côte d’Azur
From Alpha Park to the Pelagos Marine Sanctuary, the Alpes-Maritimes region is full of protected natural areas that are among the most beautiful in Europe
© José Nicolas
A rich and diverse territory
A rich and diverse territory
These wild animal observation sites make for a memorable ecotourism odyssey, between land and sea
© José Nicolas
A biodiversity unique in Europe
A biodiversity unique in Europe
From the high peaks of the Alps to the Mediterranean coast, Alpha Park, the Monts d'Azur Reserve or the Pelagos Marine Sanctuary open their doors to the curious
© José Nicolas
aAn unforgettable encounter
aAn unforgettable encounter

A facet of the region too often ignored in favor of the glitz that makes the French Riviera’s reputation

© José Nicolas

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