The day dawns on the fantastic chasm of the Gorges du Verdon, and the emerald-green river winding along the bottom, as vultures glide by in the sky. Towns of character such as Riez-la-Romaine, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, Castellane, Entrevaux or Annot unfold on the hills covered with oaks, vineyards and orchards. Five dams reflect this beauty in their waters. Oceans of lavender on the Valensole plateau contemplate the scene of these spectacular natural surroundings.

Cultural discovery

The VerdonIn Valensole, the lavender of the plateau perfumes the summer air. A few kilometres from the famous gorges, La Palud-sur-Verdon is heaven on earth for climbers from all over the world. Annot is surrounded by enormous limestone blocks in the middle of a chestnut forest. Castellane, in an exceptional site, is overlooked by Notre-Dame-du-Roc. Entrevaux, a medieval town, has kept its ramparts and its citadel built by Vauban…

Tourist information

On the spot, 13 reception structures, Tourist Offices and Tourist Information bureaus can give you advice during your holiday. They are located beside the lakes of Esparron or Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon or in the heart of towns with a remarkable cultural heritage: Annot, Entrevaux, Gréoux-les-Bains, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, Quinson, Riez…

Outdoor leisure activities and sport

The VerdonThe Verdon, this impetuous torrent tamed by man, is perfect for white water sports: canyoning, rafting, canoeing and kayaking. Its big lakes are devoted to bathing, sailing and windsurfing.

The vertical limestone cliffs towering 300m above the river are known by climbers all over the world. There are 933 ways in the Gorges du Verdon, and very varied features.

Winter sport

Not far from Annot, the resort of Soleilhas-Vauplane was the first site to be equipped for cross-country skiing in the Alpes de Haute-Provence. Today, the resort has been rehabbed for Alpine skiing and has a superb snow stadium for children and a rope tow.

Verdon Natural Regional Park

VerdonBorn in 1997, le Verdon Natural Regional Park protects and enhances 180 000 ha near the river from Saint-André-les-Alpes to Vinon-sur-Verdon.

Astride both the Alpes de Haute-Provence and the Var, this is a land of contrasts.

From the calm horizontal expanse of the Valensole plateau you go to the abrupt vertical cliffs of the famous Gorges, and the peaceful stretches of the great lakes of Castillon, Sainte-Croix, Esparron, Quinson, where the Alps begin.

The first actions of the Verdon Natural Regional Park aim at preserving and dynamizing the territory: scheme for developing the water of the Verdon, inventory and restoration of the built heritage, replanting of olive-groves, etc.

The VerdonVerdon Natural Regional Park

Rules and Regulations :

  • Wilderness camping and fires are forbidden
  • Bivouacs are tolerated

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