Dreaming of adventure and a complete change of scene? Plunge into the breath-taking scenery of the Gorges du Verdon.
Between the towns of Castellane and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, the biggest canyon in Europe offers the most incredibly majestic landscapes.
For thousands of years the River Verdon has patiently carved the canyon that you can see today.
Cliffs and vultures
The height of the cliffs varies between 250 and 700 metres and they are the site of a great number of encounters.
A number of birds including griffon and cinereous vultures nest there and in the morning you can watch them from the village of Rougon as they warm their wings and wheel above you in the sky. Thrills and excitement guaranteed.
Want to try flying like them? What about paragliding?
The road around the Gorges which will take you through the Alpes de Haute-Provence and the Var.
For those of you who love views and sensational photos, there are a number of places to stop at: the Point Sublime, the Belvédère de L’Escalés, the Belvédère de Mayreste, the Corniche Sublime, Cavaliers cliffs, the Artuby bridge, the Balcons de la Mescla…
A paradise for sport
If you want to take your time, set off on a family electric bike ride on the Route des Crêtes. Most of this loop is one-way and it will be a fun ride from Palud-sur-Verdon.
A great opportunity to see climbers along the limestone cliffs. There are over 900 ways in the Gorges du Verdon, and it’s pure heaven for climbers from all over the world.
There are a large number of hikes that will take you deeper into the natural surroundings protected by the Verdon Natural Regional Park: the famous Blanc-Martel trail, of course, but also a large number of blazed and signposted trails to suit everyone.
The emerald green waters of the Verdon
After having seen the cliffs from above, you need to see things from another angle? You want to touch the emerald green water and go up the Verdon on a pedalo for a different sort of thrill.
There are a number of leisure bases for safe, supervized white water sports: canyoning, rafting, canoeing and kayaking.
The lake of Sainte-Croix opens out from the end of the Gorges du Verdon and is the ideal place to end your adventure, take the family for a swim, a sail or go windsurfing.
La Palud-sur-Verdon : www.verdontourisme.com/en/offers/la-palud-sur-verdon-la-palud-sur-verdon/
Castellane : www.verdontourisme.com/en/the-verdon/our-villages/picturesque-village/castellane-gateway-to-the-gorges-du-verdon/
Moustiers-Sainte-Marie : www.moustiers.fr/en
Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon : stecroixduverdon-tourisme.fr
Verdon Natural Regional Park : www.parcduverdon.fr
Sentier Blanc-Martel : www.rando-alpes-haute-provence.fr/sentier-blanc-martel/
Cadières de Brandis : www.rando-alpes-haute-provence.fr/cadieres-de-brandis/
Sentier des Siréniens : www.rando-alpes-haute-provence.fr/sentier-des-sireniens/
Verdon vultures : http://paca.lpo.fr/
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