The Gorges du Verdon
Come and be swept off your feet in the Gorges du Verdon. Stretching over 50km and with cliffs that drop down by 700 metres in some places, the Verdon River has carved out the largest canyon in Europe!
Many walking routes will take you close to the Verdon, with views that will take your breath away, and all within a protected area. The most popular route is the Blanc-Martel trail (between La Palud-sur-Verdon and Rougon); a 15km walk which will take you into the heart of the Gorges du Verdon and to the foot of sheer cliffs. You can also try the more challenging Imbut trail, which takes you to some hidden treasures in the canyon.
Alternatively, why not try the Pêcheurs circuit with the whole family (a 3-hour round trip).
There are two options for exploring the Gorges du Verdon by road: The Rive Droite which starts in the north, by the Point Sublime (the first viewpoint). Then you can stop at various points along the Route des Crêtes to take in the views: You will be able to admire the largest canyon in Europe from the top of the cliffs, and try to spot the vultures.
Or from Lake Sainte Croix, you can make your way back to Castellane along the Rive Gauche. Go from the southern side and stop off at all the viewpoints until you reach the Balcons de la Mescla. Don’t forget to get out at the Artuby Bridge, the highest bridge in Europe (at 182 metres), which you can bungee jump off.
Looking for an adrenaline rush?
View the Gorges du Verdon from a different angle by heading down the white-water river. With lots of companies to choose from in Castellane, you can take your pick from the following activities: white-water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, aqua trekking, and hydrospeed… there really is something for everyone.
There are also over 1,500 climbing routes to suit the most avid climbers.
The Verdon is waiting for you…
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