There is more to France than acres of wine vineyards, the charm of the countryside and sophistication of its capital, Paris. If you are looking for ruggedness and planning to enjoy the outdoors, Vanoise National Park is one of the best places to go.
The first national park in the country, Vanoise National Park is in the southeast and is part of the Alps regions. It covers more than 50,000 hectares of varied landscapes, including lakes and over 100 mountain peaks.
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The diversity of terrain and wildlife makes it a favourite destination for travellers looking for outdoor challenges. One of the favourite activities is hiking, which can last between two and four days. While the walk seems long, it works for both moderate and new hikers due to the hundreds of trails they can follow.
During the hike, you can observe the flora and fauna that include no less than a hundred species of birds. The mountains are home for mountain hare, and Eurasian lynx.
In certain routes, you can enjoy a nice biking trip. In between, the lakes give you the opportunity to enjoy a day of paddling, kayaking and fishing with an unobstructed view of the nearby alpine mountains.
While the park is perfect for a day trip, it also offers several camping sites or lodges, which can accommodate solo and group travellers. Amenities can vary, with some offering free shuttle service and spa treatments.
The national park is also the gateway to the ski chalets of Val d’Isere,which is one of the biggest ski areas in the world. Along with Tignes, it forms Espace Killy, which provides hundreds of kilometers of runs. Whether you are a newbie or an avid skier, the mountains have the right course for you.
Are you looking for a different activity during the summer or winter? The Vanoise National Park won’t disappoint. Plan your trip now and explore what the place has in store for you.