10 Most Beautiful National Parks in France

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Cevennes National Park

This is one national park that’s definitely worth looking at. The Cevennes National Park is one of the most diverse in the world. The park has five distinct terrains – limestone landscapes, rocky plateaus, marshes, a river valley, and pastures all packed into a small area.

It’s not just the scenery that’s unique to this national park; the different terrains are home to a variety of plants and animals, including wolf, boar, deer and many other forms of wildlife, either migrating through or staying to make this park their home.

The Cevennes National Park is also a great place to see the different micro-climates. You can expect to find similarities in the plants and trees but significant differences in the plants and trees, in general. There are more than 50 different types of plant life, including Carniolan woods, holm oaks, hazelnut trees and chestnut trees, which are all kinds of unique to this region.

While there is a very high potential to see different plants and trees, seeing animals is a different story. This is because the animals that live in the Cevennes are very intelligent. The park has had honing, doing the right things at the right time, and not the wrong things at the wrong time, to survive another year.

Port-Cros National Park

Pyrenees National Park

Located in the Southwest of France and Carpathian Mountains, the Pyrenees National Park was officially established in 1968. The park is home to snowy peaks, 65 lakes, and many forests.

It is the oldest national park in Europe, and it’s situated within the Pyrenees mountain range, in the Andorran, French, and Spanish regions of the Pyrenees. It is home to some of the most beautiful hikes in the world, such as the Tour de Pierre, and other picturesque man-made churches carved into the rock faces.

Visitors are often stunned by the beauty of this park and they make it their sole destination. The greatest views can be found along the trail to the Pic de Jean Loup peak, where the mountain is 1 mile above its base. There are five peaks that are more than 6,000 feet high. Another popular hike is the Grand and Petit Balcon through the Pas de Morgins Mountain group.

Of all the locations here, visitors have said that the Petit Balcon is one of the most beautiful views found in the area. The area’s protected ecosystem is home to red deer, wild boars, and many other types of animals.

The French federation owns five percent of the national park, with the rest owned and regulated by the Andorran government.

Guiana Amazonian National Park

This National Park in the South of French Guiana in the Amazonas region was created in 1972 to protect the biodiversity and geology of the country, as well as to conserve the flora and fauna. This park is yet to be fully explored, as it is a very dense forest and very difficult to penetrate. Guiana Amazonian National Park is a part of the UNESCO Network of Biosphere Reserves.

This National Park is 50 kilometers West of Cayenne and is one of the most authentic and beautiful places in French Guiana. The Guiana National Park was created by law on March 15, 1972 and is composed of three large sites: the East and West Guiana and the Maroni.

Guiana National Park is a very large tropical forest, one of the most beautiful in French Guiana. The park is a region of dense bush in which the population is managed harmoniously with the ecosystem. Maroni River, which runs through the middle of the region, provides a perfect example of the ecological idea.

As soon as you enter the park, you will notice the incredible silence, the amazing flora and fauna, the giant fern trees, and the beautiful cabins. The whole park feels like a sanctuary, untouched by civilization, and the beauty is almost indescribable.

Vanoise National Park

Vanoise National Park (French: Parc National de la Vanoise) is a national park in France, in the Alps. It is in the Rhône-Alpes region. The park was created in 1978. Vanoise National Park is the third largest national park in France, after the two Corsican parks.

The park is located chiefly in the department of Savoie, with a small part in the department of Isère. Its protected area stretches around the two glaciers of the Aigle and the Rousse massifs. The park is served by the town of Bourg-Saint-Maurice and the village of Le Bourget-du-Lac. The park encompasses 204,062 hectares of mountains and valleys.

Vanoise National Park stretches over a mountainous area of Savoie, which leads to a great range of climate possibilities. Most of the territory is covered by glaciers. Summers are warm with a great contrast between the sunlight, the warmth of the sun and the cool of the shade. Mild and wet summits appear everywhere, in the Alps with steep precipices. The snow retains the shadow of trees and quiet but harsh zones enriched by the sound of air, which becomes whitish, and the sound of watercourses, which appears loudly in the spring.

Calanques National Park

Ecrins National Park

The Ecrins National Park, which is one of the oldest in France, has one of the most beautiful landscapes. It was established in 1952. Within the borders of the park, you will find stunning alpine mountains, meadow landscapes, and glacial valleys.

You can even reach the peaks through a road that has a historic train that can take you to the fantastic views of the alpine peaks.

You can also spend the night at a chalet in the Mountains, which is a great way to get a feel of the Ecrins National Park.

Mercantour National Park

The Mercantour National Park is situated in southeast France, bordering Italy and Monaco, on the southern foot of the Great St. Bernard Pass. This national park is based on the mountain chain of the Alps Mercantour, and it consists of “two unconnected areas of different natural characteristics including of long periods of altitude, weather and snow. Cradled in the heart of the mountains known as “Great Mountains” (Grandes Montagnes) and commands the headwaters of the Levant and Durance rivers.

Visitors can reach the park by car as it is located around an hour and a half away from the French city of Nice. This national park was extensively awarded as one of the most beautiful parks in France in 2004. The name, Mercantour, is a combination of two French words that means “merciful mountain”. Also, it contains parts of the Mercantour Regional Natural Park, which was declared in 1992.

Guadeloupe National Park

(Petite-Terre)

The Guadeloupe National Park in Guadeloupe was created in 1985. It is one of the three National Parks of Guadeloupe and it was the first National Park of Guadeloupe to be created in order to protect the unique fauna and flora of the island.

The park covers an area of 60 km² and is located between the Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre island, in Grande-Terre.

The park has mostly mountainous landscapes since it surrounds the mountain municipalities of Baillif, Trois-Rivieres, Pointe-Noire and Bon-Accueil. It also has sea side landscapes as well as important coral reefs where diverse marine species are born such as sea turtles. All differents habitats are represented in the park, there you can find forests where the rare and endemic plant species of Guadeloupe grow (such as the former national tree of Guadeloupe), alpine meadows, mangrove areas, swamps and salt marshes.

The park has a rich biodiversity and possesses more than 94% of its surface area covered with forest, with old growth forests and with a great (and rare) biodiversity.

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Reunion National Park