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Valmasque Parc visitor guide

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Visit Valmasque Parc, France

Valmasque parc (full name is Parc Naturel Departmental de la Valmasque) is situated between Mougins and Vallauris in the southern Alpes-Maritimes department.

With 560 hectares of woodland, lakes and forest walks, the Departmental Valmasque Parc was established at the same time as the 'technology town' of Sophia Antipolis, to ensure the area did not become completely built-up.

Discovering Valmasque Parc

The parc is essentially divided into several sections spread over forested hills: Clausonnes to the north, Fugueiret in the south, and Carton and Fontmerle to the west. The walks through the park are numerous and very relaxing, leading you through the woodlands, perhaps to the picturesque Fontmerle Lake (where birdwatching is a popular activity).

It also has picnic areas and children's play areas, and is a great place for a picnic and a stroll while you regain your strength for the afternoon's activities...and the children burn off excess energy in safety.

Whether you need a breather from the traffic and the bustling crowds on the Cote d'Azur or are exhausted from climbing the steep streets of the perched villages in the region it is a great pleasure to find an area of peace and tranquility - the Valmasque Parc could be just what you need!

A nice day out?

Other local options - towns, villages and coastline - are numerous. On a recent visit we spent the morning looking around Valbonne, then had a picnic and a run around in Valmasque Parc before going into the pretty village of Mougins for a drink, then returning to the beach mid-afternoon. Lovely day out!

You can find more travel ideas in the Alpes-Maritimes guide and the Provence guide.

See also: 

Map of Valmasque Parc and places nearby

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The French version of this page is at Valmasque Parc (Francais)

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