Musée Promenade

Top choice in Parc National du Mercantour

Situated 2km north of Digne-les-Bains in St-Bénoît, en route to Barle, this museum and outdoor park features four trails that explore the region's geology and natural history. Highlights include a sculpture park, a Japanese garden, a waterfall and the gorgeous Jardin des Papillons (butterfly garden), which attracts more than half of France's butterfly species.

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