Preserved and fragile mountain biodiversity
These territories are full of precious cultural and natural treasures, as well as magnificent and unspoiled spaces for memorable experiences.
Mercantour National Park: Mecca of biodiversity
Some villages of the French Riviera, on the outskirts of the Mercantour National Park, benefit from:
- breathtaking landscapes
- mountain wild fauna (chamois, ibex, bighorn sheep and small mammals such as groundhogs, hares, stoats, etc.)
- rare bird species: (golden eagles, bearded vultures, ptarmigan),
- an exceptional flora (2,269 flower species including 105 rare and 40 endemics)
Various sites in the territory have been classified as NATURA 2000, including four in the Roya Valley:
- Mont Chajol, which rises 2,293 meters above the village of Casterino with its mugo pine bushes.
- The Bat site of Breil-sur-Roya which is home to numerous bat roosts.
- Marguareis-La Brigue-Fontan-Saorge, a limestone massif with more than 250 cavities.
- La Bendola site near Saorge which is home to 16 protected natural habitats: dry grassland areas, wild orchids, and a colony of bats.