One park: 7 landscapes
The plateau de Valensole, the lakes and mountains, the lower canyons, the Artuby River, Lake Sainte-Croix, the Haut Var hills and the Verdon canyons.
An open book on geology, fauna, flora and the history of mankind, the Park’s territory offers an immense variety of landscapes and environments. Representing a third of all French flora, the rich variety of plants is unique. The Canepetière bustard, the Griffon vulture, the Ocellated lizard (Europe’s largest) and 22 of the 32 classified species of bats in France are an example of the wide variety of animal life present. In conjunction with the Durance river, the 165km Verdon river with a holding capacity of 434 million m3 constitutes the water reservoir for Provence. It provides quality drinking water for the major cities in the region.
A land of courage: a land of sharing
The Verdon Regional Natural Park takes its name, and no doubt its energy, from a strong river, which cut a spectacular path through the rocky masses of the Préalpes. In parallel with the river, man has since prehistory been forging landscapes from difficult terrain. This vast undertaking by Nature and man, inventive and constantly evolving, as well as the combination of Alpine and Mediterranean influences extremely prolific for the flora and fauna, represent the remarkable and recognisable abundance of a land which, today, while no longer a wilderness, is certainly not an amusement park.