Regional Nature Reserve of Saint Maurin

Verdon Tourisme > Regional Nature Reserve of Saint Maurin
La Palud-sur-Verdon-en

At the western entrance to the Gorges du Verdon, the Saint-Maurin nature reserve is characterized by the formation of travertines (tuffs) resulting from the precipitation of calcium carbonate released by springs at the foot of the Barbin cliff.

The 26-hectare site dominates the right bank of the Verdon, located in an exceptional setting, offers an unusual atmosphere of freshness and its open spaces contrast with the surrounding landscapes, which are predominantly wooded. It presents a remarkable floristic and entomological wealth. The springs and cliffs shelter a rich bryophytic vegetation and numerous species of bats (including the little rhinolophus, the eared bat, the mountain squirrel and Cestoni’s molossus).
Numerous exsurgences emerge from the cliff in spectacular cascades. The most imposing waterfall is visible from the departmental road 952.
The human occupation of these places could go back to the 5th century with a religious installation from the Abbey of LERINS. We also find traces of Saint Maurin in the 9th century in the acts of the Abbey of St. Victor. The troglodyte installations of several caves, still clearly visible, confirm the use of this site until recently and add to the magic of the place.
Since October 30, 2009, the site of Saint Maurin is classified as a Regional Nature Reserve and co-managed by the municipality of La Palud sur Verdon and the Conservatoire des Espaces Naturels de PACA and the Parc naturel régional du Verdon.
The access to the public is free but regulated: the pedestrian circulation is authorized only on the marked out paths, the gathering, the bathing, the bivouac, the fire… are strictly prohibited.
Accompaniment by a professional is strongly recommended to appreciate all the richness of the site.

  • Environment
    • Troglodyte site
  • Opening

    From 01/01 to 12/31.

  • Prices

    Free access.

04120 La Palud-sur-Verdon-en