Marked by gorges, saltmines and wild-romantic lavender-fields, the Provence in the South of France with its lonely plateaus and villages offers a paradise to travellers and nature lovers. Its landscape is typically Mediterranean: hills steeping towards the sea, villages perching on cliffs or hanging secluded on hill slopes. The place fascinates teeming with insects, birds and other varieties of animals and plants growing in a great variety of habitats; at the Mediterranean Sea as well as in the wetlands – reaching as far as the remote peaks of the Alpes-Maritimes, all this owing to hot, dry summers and mild winters. The spring with its luxuriant blossoms attracts rare birds, too. Many of the wild areas are now wildlife parks.