La Meije, Verdon, the Calanques... With a wealth of majestic natural landscapes, the region offers 8,860 mi of signposted and maintained hiking footpaths, which is equivalent to 10 % of the total managed nationally by the FFRP (Fédération Française de Randonnée Pédestre ? French Hiking Association). Although they are especially concentrated in the Hautes-Alpes and the Alpes-Maritimes, they are present across the whole region.
With 933 routes, the cliffs of Verdon represent a first class climbing site. In 1998, the region had 14 'via ferrata' (out of the 31 listed in France) and their number continues to grow.
As far as mountaineering is concerned, the highest summit of the Écrins National Park is higher than 12,000 ft.
In the winter, of course, you can devote time to skiing. The Hautes-Alpes offer internationally famous slopes like Serre-Chevalier or Risoul, where the snow remains excellent right up to the south of the Alps, at the Isola 2000 resort, for example.
Access to the coves is regulated, so it is necessary to obtain information before taking on these extraordinary landscapes.© JohanSjolander / iStock
These limestone cliffs have become a big tourist attraction in Provence thanks to the number of activities on offer for every level of experience.© Sloot / iStock
After a superb climb, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views.© Juergen Schonnop / 123RF
In winter and increasingly in summer, the resorts use all their charm to attract tourists young and old.© ammit / 123RF
With its museums, villages, hiking and fishing, the park proposes activities of all kinds throughout the year.© Zbynek Burival / 123RF