If you feel like discovering, or changing the landscape, in the heart of nature... head for La Réserve!
After a 1 hour drive, some of the views are magnificent and worth a photo stop, we arrived at the Monts d' Azur Reserve.
Greeted by one of the charming hostesses, we were as excited as children to reach our reserved lodgings with the "lodge accommodation" option, a desire to live for a moment the role of Karen Blixen in the "Out of Africa" film.
After settling in, we put on our most comfortable shoes for the walking safari to discover the backstage of La Réserve, accompanied by a naturalist guide. Don't hesitate to put on good shoes, as the safari easily lasts an hour and a half. Not to be missed, it's magical, we are about 20 meters away from bison, wild horses, deer, wild boar ... we really have a euphoric feeling of great freedom, and to live a rare experience of communion with the animal while respecting them.
The mountain air often whets the appetite very quickly, so we dined in the restaurant, which served generous, home-style organic cuisine! While we waited for the food, they served us a refreshing cocktail. A pure moment of happiness, as we reminisced about everything we'd seen, against a sunset backdrop. The sky is magnificent, the calm remarkable and the air so pure that you'll sleep better than anywhere else, if you're lucky enough to stay the night.
After a delicious meal, it's off to the ultra-comfortable lodges! Wake up to an organic breakfast served indoors.
Before leaving, we decided to also do the safari in a horse-drawn carriage guided by an expert naturalist, which allowed my friend who had joined us with his 3 year old daughter to also participate in the adventure. On our way back from the Safari, we went to the natural swimming pool for a small bath in pure and fresh water, this time in flip-flop, before setting off again!
Unforgettable experience and above all to be done every season!
What is the Reservation?
The Réserve des Monts d'Azur is an animal reserve located just a few kilometers from the beaches of the Riviera, where ancestral and astonishing species of European fauna live side by side in the wild: European bison, deer, elk, wild boar, Przewalski's horse, roe deer, chamois, golden eagle, griffon and black vultures. In the midst of this wildlife reserve, man is but a guest, witnessing the daily life of a part of Europe's fauna and the role it plays in the dynamics of ecosystems. You'll see complex natural phenomena that arouse the visitor's curiosity and encourage respect for nature.
Staying on site is possible!
This setting offers travellers, families, children and students the possibility to stay in several types of ecolodge accommodation with a breathtaking view of the animals, in the bioclimatic villa or in the Manor House. The Reserve is also proof that another type of tourism is viable on the Côte d'Azur, one that is responsible, sustainable, educational and creates local jobs. The Reserve is also the first tourist site with zero carbon emissions.
To do in the Gréolières area!
Right next door is the village of Gréolières. In summer and winter, this resort offers a wide range of activities:
- rock climbing
- geocaching (a treasure hunt using GPS to find out more )
- MOUNTAIN BIKING
- Winter skiing
Think about it if you're going to the reserve and extend your stay or excursions with a little trip to Gréolières.
Discover the site http://www.greolieres.fr/#