The deep cliff of the Gorges du Verdon is unique in Europe and is one of the greatest tourist attractions in Provence. Provenceweb invites you to discover this area of spectacular natural beauty and hopes to help you plan your vacation in the Verdon country.
In order to be practical, we have chosen the villages that are located on the banks of the Verdon and any others that are under an hours' drive from the river.
The lakes and their surrounding villages have been described both together and seperately. (click on maps)
At each of these points there is information on accommodations, available activities and useful addresses
LES GORGES DU VERDON (CANYONS)
This immense and magnificent canyon straddles the départements of Var and the Alpes
de Hautes Provence.
The gigantic cliffs of calcareous rock are the result of the erosion of the Verdon river.
In the midst of a nature reserve, rich in flora and fauna, the scenery here is astonishing. Never really discovered until the beginning of the century, the Verdon Gorges have since then fascinated innumerable visitors, There is no doubt that the sight is imposing!
The custodial villages nestled at the foot of the fault have maintained their old fashioned Provençal appeal. Here you will be warmly welcomed, and thanks to the fabulous natural resources of the area, countless activites are available :
- White water sports :
rafting, canyoning, kayaking...
- Water sports:
sailing, water skiing, fishing.
- Aerial sports:
paragliding, free flight, gliding....
- Also possible are the following : climbing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking.
The regional park of Verdon (Parc Naturel Régional du Verdon) has been officially set up since March 1997.
It includes 43 towns of the two departments and spreads out over nearly 178,000 ha.