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The Verdon Gorges

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The Verdon Gorges - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in Provence-Alps-French Riviera
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A natural border between the Var and Alpes-de-Haute-Provence departments, the Verdon Gorges are located between Castellane and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, and form an exceptional natural site with contrasting landscapes. The River Verdon, with its bewitching colours, has shaped this site for thousands of years. Today, the gorges form an impressive canyon, the biggest in Europe, where the limestone cliffs reach heights of up to 700 metres. A real paradise for climbers, who have hundreds of climbing routes to enjoy!

Discover the wild and unspoilt landscapes of the lower gorges and listen out for the calls of the famous birds of prey that have made the gorges their home: griffon vultures and cinereous vultures. Why not try and get closer to them by trying your hand at paragliding? A sensational and awe-inspiring experience lies in store.

As you can see, the Verdon Gorges are ideal for enjoying many activities. Hikers can choose between several marked paths like the Blanc-Martel path, leading to the heart of the gorges and the foot of the cliffs. Unmissable! White-water sports enthusiasts will also be kept busy: with rafting, canyoning, kayaking and canoeing to choose from, you will have a great time trying to tame the currents. Thrill-seekers should head for the impressive Artuby Bridge, where you can go bungee jumping.

Dotted with a number of viewpoints like the Mescla Balconies or Point Sublime, the scenic gorges route offers a pleasant drive through beautiful landscapes. You can also leave the car at home and travel by electric bike along the ridge road starting from La Palud-sur-Verdon, which offers superb views.

The surrounding area has several lakes which are nice for a swim, pedalo ride or picnic, such as Sainte-Croix and Esparron.

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The Verdon Gorges

Bauduen is a village worth visiting before browsing the famous Gorges du Verdon. The village borders Lake St. Croix and offers a beautiful view to visitors. Another village that will delight lovers of old stones, Bargème, a charming village classified among the most beautiful villages in France.

Le Verdon (© Jean Espirat)
Le Verdon (© Jean Espirat)
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Verdon Gorge
Verdon Gorge
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Le Verdon seen from Point Sublime (© Jean Espirat)
Le Verdon seen from Point Sublime (© Jean Espirat)
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Le Verdon seen from Garret Bridge (© Jean Espirat)
Le Verdon seen from Garret Bridge (© Jean Espirat)
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Panorama of Lake St. Croix (© Jean Espirat)
Panorama of Lake St. Croix (© Jean Espirat)
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Beginning of the gorge Baudinard (© Jean Espirat)
Beginning of the gorge Baudinard (© Jean Espirat)
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Beginning of the gorge Baudinard (© Jean Espirat)
Beginning of the gorge Baudinard (© Jean Espirat)
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Le Verdon seen from Point Sublime (© Jean Espirat)
Le Verdon seen from Point Sublime (© Jean Espirat)
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Village of Bauduen around the Verdon
Village of Bauduen around the Verdon
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Lake Sainte-Croix from Aiguines, near the Gorges du Verdon
Lake Sainte-Croix from Aiguines, near the Gorges du Verdon
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Verdon Gorge
Verdon Gorge
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Canoeing in the gorges
Canoeing in the gorges
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Verdon Gorge swimming
Verdon Gorge swimming
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Floating - Verdon Gorges
Floating - Verdon Gorges
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Rafting - Verdon Gorges
Rafting - Verdon Gorges
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Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Rafting on the Verdon
Sports sensations40 € to 75 € Castellane
Water hike in the Verdon Gorges
Sports sensations45 € Rougon
Day trip to the Lavender Fields and the Verdon Gorges
Nature and the great outdoors105 € Aix-en-Provence
Canyoning or Rafting in the Verdon Gorges
Sports sensations40 € to 70 € Castellane
Paddle in the Gorges du Verdon
Sports sensations35 € Castellane
Rafting in the Verdon Gorges
Sports sensations35 € to 70 € Castellane

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