Springtime! Is it really necessary to praise the merits? At the beginning of spring, nature awakens! The crowd and the heat are not yet there, you can enjoy the site fully. In May and June, you can enjoy water activities in the Verdon and its lakes.
Traffic jams, crowded beaches and waiting for activities?
This season is made for you. A multitude of activities and entertainment await you. You will be spoilt for choice but you will have to be patient or get up early.
Unless you opt for September: the activities are waiting for you and the water is still at a good temperature to relax.
Did you know?
From yellow to red, from brown to orange… In autumn, the colours of the landscapes are infinite in the Gorges du Verdon, the ideal season to visit them!
No more hustle and bustle, the calm has returned, they fall asleep gently. But until the end of October, you will find everything you need to stay serenely.
What an idea! No swimming or white water sports at the risk of turning into ice cubes, less activities or entertainment. This is the ideal season for nature and peace lovers.
Le Verdon reveals its true nature, preserved and secret, just for you! And with a bit of luck, you can admire the gorges in their white coat! A magical moment !
‘The seasons are what a symphony ought to be: four perfect movements in harmony with each other.’
3 good reasons to come out of season
Mild temperatures and good weather are ideal for activities without the summer heat.
In July and August, the Verdon Gorges, a victim of their world renown, are overcrowded. Come and discover them in autumn and spring, you will enjoy the calm of nature and avoid the queues.
In summer, the pace in the tourist information offices is rhythmic. While in autumn, winter and spring, the calmer attendance allows us to devote all the time necessary to respond to your requests.
Our advice according to the season
—As a rule,the shuttle bus Blanc-Martel is operated on weekends and public holidays from the beginning of April until July 1. Remember to book it, as well as your accommodation and activities.
—Plan on bathing suit, and a hat depending on when you come! And always a small jacket and sunscreen: the nights are still cold and the sun of April may not forgive.
—The famous lavender fields near the Gorges are in bloom from mid-June!
—Accommodation, activities, Blanc-Martel bus shuttle, one tip: book well in advance. For your accommodation, ideally the previous winter.
—Much of the whitewater activity is dependent on water releases from the Castillon Dam and is not practicable on a daily basis. Ask the guides or our tourist information offices before planning your activities.
—Bathing suit, gourds, hat (or cap!) and sunscreen are all available, but the nights are still cool, so bring your little jacket.
—During the very high season, drive early in the morning or late in the afternoon: avoid the traffic jams
—Canoes and pedal boats on the Sainte-Croix lake cannot be booked in advance. The solution: get up early (8 a.m., does it sting?) to avoid waiting 1 or 2 hours.
—The lavender fields near the Gorges are in bloom from mid-June to mid-July!
Numerous activities are organized during the autumn school holidays (zone B).
The shuttle bus Blanc-Martel runs on certain dates.
From November 1st, refer to the winter period.
—Use gloves and hats because the temperature is low at almost 1000 m even in the south. Snowshoeing and Après-ski can be useful in case of heavy snowfall.
—Book your accommodation because few remain open. Find out about the opening of the shops, the condition of the trails.
—Equip your car with winter tyres, even if there is no snow. Their gum stays more flexible at low temperatures, and the car reacts better in turns and braking.
—During the winter, the Route des Crêtes is closed from the Carelle belvedere to the Maline chalet. Don’t worry, you can still visit the most famous.
—All the trails remain open,the shuttle bus Blanc-Martel is no longer in service. Inquire about the snow on the heights and watch out for the slides in the Gorges.