Gorges du VerdonGorges du Verdon plus grand canyon d'Europe

The Gorges du Verdon, the largest canyon in Europe.

Dreaming of freedom, grandiose landscapes and spectacular views? The Gorges du Verdon, a must-see in Provence, France and Europe, await you and promise unforgettable memories! Considered as the French ‘Grand Canyon’, it is the largest canyon in Europe, a great place for hiking, climbing and white water sports. But no matter the activity or your size, you will feel tiny in front of its immensity.

Magical, disconcerting, addictive… the spectacle offered by The Gorges du Verdon will not stop surprising you!

Top 5 of the most beautiful views of the canyon

    Length – 50 km

   between the sublime point and the Galetas bridge 
Height: up to 700 m

Width: from 6m to 100 m

  Central point: The Palud-sur-Verdon

Upstream, the mountainous part with Castillon Lake and Val d’Allos

Downstream, the Provençal part with the Saint Croix Lake and the lower gorges

The Gorges du Verdon by car

By road, you reach the summit of the highest cliffs with breathtaking and exceptional views. There are two roads, one on the left bank and the other on the right bank. Both offer access to many unmissable spots: Point Sublime, Route des Crêtes (ridge road), Corniche sublime, Mescla Balconies… It takes about 1h30 to walk through the Gorges from east to west.

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The Gorges du Verdon on foot

If you want to venture deep into Europe’s largest canyon, you’ll need your hiking boots to discover the many trails that run through the Gorges, often right next to the river. The Blanc-Martel trail, the Imbut trail and many others will allow all hiking enthusiasts to enter the privacy of this exceptional site.

It’s possible to conquer the canyon with your little adventurers. Several discovery circuits, starting at the Point Sublime, require less than 2h of walking and have little difference in elevation.

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Did you know?

The vulture is emblematic of the destination. Among the 4 species present in France, 3 nest in The Gorges du Verdon.

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A site in the heart of the

Verdon regional natural park

Every year, more than a million people from all over the world visit The Gorges du Verdon. This notoriety contrasts, in a striking way, with the wildness of the area and the slow pace of the pastoral life that nestles there.

If you expect to enter an urbanised territory, you will be all the more surprised by the presence of small villages which seem to protect the privacy of their panoramas.

Located in the heart of the Verdon regional natural park, the canyon is home to a wealth of flora and fauna. In order to ensure its long-term protection and management, the vigilance of visitors is essential. We are therefore counting on you to preserve this exceptional nature, soon labeled Grand Site de France!

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Beautiful frame. We went through the scenic route to get there, beautiful! You have to go early to have pedalos available but it’s really worth it! A swim in the lake, a breathtaking setting, and about 30 min away you have Sillans la cascade where there is a magnificent waterfall (20 min walk).

Beautiful region of France

An incredible stay in The Gorges du Verdon. A beautiful place, rich in activities and intense in sensation. I recommend it!


Excellent hike to do during your passage in The Gorges du Verdon!!
Beautiful landscapes, small swimming breaks, lots of shade make this the perfect combination! We left the chalet of the Maline and left our car at the arrival at the Sublime Point (a taxi can take you from one point to another, but be sure to negotiate the price of the shuttle, which is max 10 euros per passenger).
Bring good shoes and plenty of water and you will have a great day!

The history of the gorge

A limestone plateau carved out over thousands of years by the Verdon River, The Gorges du Verdon form a mineral border between the departments of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and the Var.

It was not until 1905 and the very media full descent of the Verdon by Isidore Blanc and Edouard-Alfred Martel that the whole of France discovered this mythical place.

In the 1930s, the development of the Blanc-Martel and Imbut trails and the Ridge road (Route des Crêtes) opened the site to tourism. Between 1948 and 1975, the construction of five dams along the Verdon (Castillon, Chaudanne, Sainte-Croix, Quinson, Esparron), creating five artificial lakes of the same names, marked a new boom in tourist activity.

3 good reasons to come early

Gain height sitting on this edge of the world

Contemplating the landscape, the flight of the vultures and the climbers, breathing and taking time to refocus.

A natural locationunique in France

Raw and invigorating, a place with varied contrasts created by Mother Nature.

A giant playgroundfor all

A place dedicated to extreme sports: climbing, high line, hydrospeed, as well as soft activities : discovery hike, electric bike, aqua hike!

Additional information

Access to the Gorges du Verdon is never closed and there is no charge. Depending on the weather conditions (snow, wind!), some routes or activities may be restricted, check with the tourist offices in the area.

Parking at ‘Point Sublime’ and in the village of La Palud-sur-Verdon. In order to reduce your ecological footprint, we invite you to use alternative means of transport to get around the Gorges du Verdon.
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Swimming in the river is prohibited because it is dangerous. That is your responsibility. Choose whitewater activities supervised by approved guides.

Wild camping is strictly forbidden in the canyon and on the shores of Sainte-Croix lake.

I discover the advice of the eco-guards.

The gorges in all seasons

Each season, the Verdon takes on new colours, revealing a new face!

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