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.
For an exploration of the heart of the Gorges, take the Blanc-Martel trail, which runs up the canyon following the course of the Verdon. This is a 15km long trail, but there is an easier alternative to enjoy the beauty of the site.
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.
Water hiking, canyoning, via cordata are all activities that allow you to discover the canyon from a unique angle… Some parts of the Gorges are only accessible by the river or the cliffs.
In the centre of the village, the 13th century castle houses the Ecomusée des Gorges du Verdon. This museum will show you the tremendous wealth of the Canyon’s environment, its abundant flora and characteristic fauna, not forgetting the history of the village.
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.