With more than 86,000 hectares of forest, Nice Côte d’Azur is the ideal destination to recharge your batteries during the holidays.
Visit the Mercantour National Park or one of the departmental nature parks and discover extraordinary flora and fauna. Climb to the top of the mountains to enjoy the fresh air and the greenery as far as the eye can see. The panorama is spectacular and guarantees a total disconnection from everyday life. Each season offers you a sublime and colourful landscape, from the wild flowers of spring, to the ochre colours of autumn, to the resplendent nature in summer and the immaculate snow in winter.
Go on a hike to meet the wild animals: chamois, ibex, bearded vultures, marmots… Rare species that live here in their natural element, you will be amazed. But the most famous animal living here is the wolf! Yes, the wolf! Don’t worry, he will hide when you arrive. However, if you want to see them, sign up for the guided tours of the Alpha park and go and meet the pack in complete safety. These outings are punctuated by workshops and discussions with their carers to understand everything about the animals’ living conditions.
When nature invites itself into the heart of the city
Nice and the other cities along the coast also have their bubbles of nature. For example, climb to the top of the hill of the Château de Nice to discover the most famous view of the French Riviera: the Baie des Anges. This unique spot is a huge suspended green park. You can also escape to several other natural areas nearby: Mont Boron, the Colline du Château, the Parc départemental Honoré d’Estienne d’Orves, Mont Alban or the garden of the Arènes de Cimiez where families like to gather for a picnic in the countryside.
And if you spend your holidays in the centre of Nice, don’t forget to take a walk along the Promenade du Paillon. A real green lung, this 12-hectare urban park, known as the “green corridor”, links the MAMAC (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art) and the Promenade des Anglais, at the Théâtre de Verdure. On the way, enjoy the lush vegetation, a vast water mirror and children’s play areas.
In addition, you must also take your children to discover the Phoenix Park at the entrance to the city. Escape for a bucolic stroll through 2500 species of plants. You will come across many animals (birds, crocodiles, iguanas, etc.) and end your visit with the “Green Diamond”, one of the largest greenhouses in Europe, which invites you to discover six different tropical climates.