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La Palud-sur-Verdon
in the heart of the Gorges du Verdon

Between Castellane and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, La Palud-sur-Verdon is one of the three villages on which the Gorges du Verdon are located: Rougon, La Palud-sur-Verdon and Aiguines. It is at the heart of it and it is from here that you can discover one of the largest Grand Canyon in Europe. A renowned spot for outdoor activities and a must for climbing enthusiasts, it is also the starting point for hikes in the Gorges du Verdon, either from the air or from the river.

Discover La Palud-sur-Verdon

and its surroundings

The must-sees

a few steps from the spectacular Gorges du Verdon

Want a panoramic view of the largest canyon in Europe? We recommend that you take the famous Route des Crêtes. By car, motorbike, camper van or electrically assisted bicycle, you’ll be amazed!

Drive along the 23km and take time to contemplate the landscape and watch the vultures at each viewpoint.

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In the footsteps of the greatest… over 1,500 climbing routes

As early as 1968, the Grand Canyon du Verdon was opened to climbing. The Escalès cliff, accessible by the route des Crêtes, allows the opening of large routes of more than 200 metres on one of the most beautiful limestones in the world. From the lookouts, abseiling limits the approach steps.

In the 1980s, thanks to Patrick Edlinger and many other renowned climbers, the Gorges du Verdon became the world’s star climbing site.

Today, it is a must-see spot that attracts climbing champions, such as Seb Bouin who recently set a world record.

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Did you know?

At the heart of the Verdon regional ratural park since its creation, the village is part of the Verdon Gorges Grand Site Operation, which aims to protect this place.

Initially proposed by the Ministry of Ecology, the operation allows the local initiation of a management approach for major listed sites.

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The griffon vulture

Reintroduced into the Gorges du Verdon between 1999 and 2004, with only a few pairs, the griffon vulture has adapted well, with today more than 600 vultures on the Gorges site. Nesting in the cliffs, flying with their wings outstretched and using the warm or cold air currents to move around, this environment is favourable to the griffon vulture: it is its habitat.

The best spots to observe this giant of the air are the route des Crêtes (the first viewpoints) and the village of Rougon.

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3 good reasons to discover
La Palud-sur-Verdon

Visitthe Gorges du Verdon

From the village, you are just a few meters from the most spectacular cliffs of the grand canyon!

Admirethe grandiose landscapes

From 480 to 1,930 metres in altitude, discover a mosaic of unique and preserved landscapes.

Tastethe Provençal way of life

The village of La Palud-sur-Verdon is a gem. There is a pleasant way of life. Then, immerse yourself in the richness of its history, its know-how and its Provençal traditions.

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Practical information


Le Château, La Palud-sur-Verdon

Opening hours

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
In April and October
From Monday to Friday from 9am to 12pm and from 2pm to 6pm, closed on weekends and holidays.

In May, June, from 27 August and September
From Monday to Saturday from 9am to 12pm and from 2pm to 6pm, on public holidays and Sundays from 9h30 to 12h30

From 9 July until 26 August
From Monday to Saturday from 8am to 12.30pm and from 2pm to 6pm, on Sunday from 8am to 12.30pm.

From November to March
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am to 12pm and from 2pm to 5pm
Closed on Tuesdays, weekends and holidays.
La Palud-sur-Verdon informations office

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