Although much of the Alpine region boasts unspoilt natural beauty, that’s nowhere more true than in the national parks of the French Alps. These protected areas boast impressive flora and fauna, breathtaking views and the opportunity to enjoy an outdoor lifestyle on your holiday.
We’ve picked out some of the best ways to take in the national parks in the French Alps:
Located near Val d’Isere, Vanoise National Park is the largest in France, and was designated as such in 1963. It’s criss-crossed with hundreds of paths, where you can interact with tame Marmots, as well as enjoying the lovely scenery. You may also be lucky enough to spy chamois, ibex or even wolves and lynxes in the park.
Outside of the summer season, the park also offers some great routes for cross-country skiing, if hurtling down a mountainside isn’t your kind of thing.
Ecrins National Park is vast, containing more than 100 summits, as well as 60 lakes and seven different visitor centres, where you can find information, routes and maps.
A new app, Rando Ecrins, offers walkers the chance to download routes and maps to their phones - perfect for when you get lost! Here, you might be lucky enough to spot an eagle, soaring amongst the peaks in what seems, from some view points, like an endless landscape of mountains and lakes.
Living near a national park
If you’re thinking of investing in property in the Alps, then finding somewhere close to a national park could be a great decision. There’ll never be a dull moment with the wealth of activities, trails, walks and cycle paths available for you to take, and you could spot some rare and unusual wildlife.
If you’re thinking of buying property in the Alps, get in touch to find out more. Our knowledgeable team can advise on the best locations for your needs, whether it’s proximity to a national park, being close to the slopes, or distance to an airport that tops your list of requirements.