The Gorges du Verdon bears witness to the geological history of the region: when the Alps were formed, the Jurassic limestone shaped the mountains and the Verdon river dug its bed in calcareous sediments sculpting out the gorges.
The Verdon takes its source close to the col d’Allos, in the Trois Evêchés (2,819 m) massif, and travels 175 km before spilling out into the Durance at Vinon-sur-Verdon.
The Gorges du Verdon are breathtaking with cliffs dropping down between 250 m to 700 m.
Come and explore this area in the heart of the Verdon Natural Regional Park!
To see :
- Route des Crêtes : This road overlooks the Grand Canyon for 23 km and will lead you to its 14 panoramic viewpoints for breathtaking views of the legendary Verdon cliffs. Accessible by car or bike!
- Point Sublime: Situated in Rougon, on the D952 road, Point Sublime is one of the most famous viewpoints in the Gorges because it looks out on to the legendary Samson Corridor. Explore the village higher up and try the famous crêperie ‘Le Mur d’Abeilles’ with its panoramic terrace, from which you can see the many vultures gliding in the sky.
- The villages: Enjoy strolling around and visiting the villages of Castellane, La Palud-sur-Verdon, Rougon and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie.These exceptional villages can be enjoyed all year round. Discover local crafts, learn about the cultural heritage and visit historical monuments !
To do :
- White-water activities: Rafting, aqua-trekking, hydrospeed, canyoning, and kayaking are the must-do activities in the Gorges du Verdon. Start from Castellane and enjoy an exhilarating descent with your friends or family!
- Hiking: Immerse yourself in the Gorges du Verdon on the many hiking trails! Renowned trails such as the Blanc-Martel or the Imbut are just two of the many options available to you. La Maison Nature et Patrimoines, the Maison des Gorges, and the Tourist Offices in Castellane and La Palud-sur-Verdon are here to help you find the walking routes best suited to your needs. To make the most of this experience why not go accompanied by one of our professionals who will reveal and share the Gorges’ treasures with you.
- Climbing: The Gorges du Verdon is a hotspot for rock climbing. Having been disregarded by traditional mountaineers until the 1960s, it saw its rise to fame in the 80s with renowned climbers such as Patrick Edlinger. Due to the length of the routes and the quality of the limestone the Gorges du Verdon is now considered a mythical site for rock climbers of all abilities. There are many instructors available throughout the year to teach or help improve your climbing!
- Visits: The Maison Nature et Patrimoines in Castellane and the Maison des Gorges in La Palud-sur-Verdon are open from spring to autumn, with temporary and permanent exhibitions as well as cultural events for the whole family!