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THINGS TO DO IN THE FRENCH RIVIERA FROM  HAUTE VUE  VILLA MONTAUROUX

  • Writer's pictureDavid Viney

Bird Watching in the Var

Updated: Feb 18

The Var encompasses a wide variety of natural habitats, including larch forest, alpine meadows, lakes, wetlands and sea coast. Perfect!



Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon (Faucon pèlerin)


Explore Écrins National Park's vulture count in the French Alps to monitor their population. Witness these majestic birds at Baronnies National Park's vulture count in the French Alps to monitor their population. Witness these majestic birds at Baronnies


Explore Écrins National Park's vulture count in the French Alps to monitor their population. Witness these majestic birds at Baronnies Provençales Reserve and Verdon, a birding hotspot, where griffon vultures glide gracefully overhead. Consider guided birding sessions for deeper insights into these fascinating creatures.



Embark on a nature-filled Alpilles weekend with the LIFE program's guided trails, immersing in diverse bird species. The reserve, like Petite Crau, is a biodiversity treasure with six birding trails under the watchful eye of large birds of prey. Explore varied habitats and rich bird diversity, cherishing this unique natural heritage.



Discover rare seabirds on Med shores, gliding over cliffs and hills. Explore Frioul archipelago by boat for 16 seabird species. Spot Scopoli’s shearwater and cormorants in Calanques, or peregrine falcon in rocky areas. Port-Cros island offers forest hikes and encounters with cormorants and warblers. Stay vigilant for rare species and observe gulls' distinctive flight pattern—minimal wing flapping.



Explore Mercantour National Park, an Esprit Parc National label destination, for a birdwatching adventure. Start at Haute Vallée de la Roya's southern slopes, a crucial habitat for rare species like the rock partridge. Plan Tendasque slopes offer a perfect spot to observe the majestic short-toed Snake Eagle, feeding exclusively on snakes. These walks immerse you in stunning French Southern Alps scenery, featuring endemic species. Choose guided walks, with details on the park's website. Plan your ecotourism weekend today!



Explore Luberon Reserve and Durance ornithological site in Provence for wetland bird encounters. Hidden in a hide, observe 243 bird species in their natural habitat. Discover diverse waterbirds in Mérindol's 1.5-hour family-friendly stroll by the Durance river. Join LPO for guided walks on Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur’s bird species. Enhance your awareness of nature!


Discover Camargue's flamingos at Pont de Gau reserve, a 150-acre haven just 4 km from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. Follow 7 km of footpaths for prime flamingo viewing. Complete your birdwatching at Les Marais du Vigueirat across the Rhône.

Further south, explore Salins d’Hyères, a "Wetland of International Importance." Begin at Vieux Salins, walk the isthmus to Giens peninsula, and join a guided tour of Salin des Pesquiers. Witness mesmerizing flocks of flamingos at sunset—a magical experience.

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