Côte de Gargantua nature reserve
(surface area 19 hectares, altitude: 610 – 776 m a.s.l.)
Typical well-preserved evidence of the Wurmian Quaternary glaciers’ deposits on the main valley bottom.
The fauna mainly consists of reptiles, birds and small rodents. The entomofauna is especially rich and the reserve is home to numerous lepidopter and Coleoptera species, typical of dry environments.
The protected area’s xerothermic aspects (dry and sunny grassy-rocky slopes and peaks) provides the right environment for rare plants of steppe origin such as the Artemisia vallesiaca and the European goldilock, or Mediterranean species like the Linaria simplex.
How to get there: from Gressan, take the road for Pila and head towards the Clapey and Piscine hamlets.