The Vanoise National Park area of the Savoie Region

The Vanoise National Park in France is the first National Parks in France. It lies on the south of the Mont Blanc Massif in the region of Savoie. Since 1963, the park's protected area has enabled many births and the re-introduction of invaluable species.

The Vanoise National Park in France has a total area of 520 square kilometers. The altitudinal range of the park is from 770 meters to 2796 meters.

With a wide range of flora and fauna, the park can really boast of preserving some of the rarest species which are on the verge of extinction, some survivors of the great glaciations. The different types of animals include Chamois, marmots, golden eagles, owls, three toed woodpeckers, and many other species of birds.

What better opportunity to discover the biggest population of ibex in the Alps (over two thousand), the chamois which can be seen with binoculars in the stony places, the cute marmot which whistles when someone approaches and the golden eagle (twenty couples), the bearded vulture with an almost three metre wingspan flying over the summits.

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The geological composition of the park consists of sedimentary sandstone, limestone, metamorphic schist and gneiss. The park is divided into two zones; the Central Zone and the Peripheral Zone. Visitors can access the latter without much restriction. The Central zone shares a common border with Italy. We recommend that you explore on foot. There are approximately 500 kilometers of footpaths criss-crossing the park.