Lovers of whitewater sports? Outdoor enthusiasts? Look no further, the Verdon Regional Nature Park is the perfect holiday destination. In the heart of Provence, the Gorges du Verdon gorges bring together every year a number of holidaymakers who are keen on water sports.
The region offers you to enrich your holidays thanks to the numerous water activities it offers. Rafting and Canyoning will delight the most adventurous among you, while the pedal boat will delight the calmer minds in search of tranquility. On the other hand, to get the whole family to agree, no doubt, try the star of water activities in the Verdon gorges: canoeing and kayaking.
A friendly sport accessible to all that will give you the opportunity to discover Provence as you have never seen it before. Whether you are a thrill-seeker or simply attracted by a ride in calm waters to admire the Provencal landscapes, Kayak adapts to all your desires.
Armed with your paddles, travel through the emerald waters of the river. Navigate in the middle of nature, at the foot of the imposing limestone massifs and the cliffs of the Cadières de Brandis which dominate the Verdon.
There is no shortage of rental bases along the river. The guides will give you all the advice you need to navigate safely. The Verdon offers an incredible diversity of landscapes that will allow you to select the section of the river that best suits your desires.
Playa Location : pedal boat - Kayak - Paddle : Tél 06 82 34 14 11
The Beach : Surfbikes - Barracudas - Canoes : Tél 06 88 80 37 20
Alizé Électronique Rental: Electric boats, without licence: Tel 04 92 75 44 69
If you are looking for peace and quiet, discover the canyon of the lower gorges, less touristic but just as sumptuous.
Base nautique coteau de la marine : Tel 04 92 77 50 59
Aquattitude : Tel 06 79 21 03 77
It was the construction of a dam between the Var and the Alpes de Haute Provence on the course of the Verdon that gave life to this little corner of paradise. With its surface area of 2200 hectares, the lake of Sainte Croix is the largest of the Verdon lakes. Contrary to the gorges, the lake of Sainte Croix offers beaches with maritime appearances.
It is in this picturesque setting with the scent of lavender and the air of the French Riviera that many holidaymakers come to recharge their batteries every summer. An essential centre for aquatic leisure activities in the region, it is an ideal starting point for canoeing and kayaking. Along its banks you can discover three small Provençal villages: Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon with its typical Provençal detachment, Bauduen perched on its rocky cliff but with its feet in the water or Les Salles-sur-Verdon.
If you are a beginner in kayaking, choose the Baudinard gorges downstream from the lake of Sainte Croix. These gorges, still little frequented, are the calmest part of the Verdonian waters. During the walk, which lasts between two and three hours, you can discover some caves accessible by boat. These prehistoric undergrounds offer small moments of freshness under the Provencal sun. The gorges of Baudinard are perfectly adapted to the youngest children because you will meet neither rapids nor currents.
For a longer but just as calm stroll, let yourself be tempted by the lower gorges. Between Esparron de Verdon and Quinson, they offer a less frequented itinerary that leaves room for the pleasure of contemplation. The aquatic walk is ideal for discovering the wooded surroundings of the lower gorges. The summer sun will reveal the turquoise blue of the water, the rocky world and the green vegetation surrounding the river: enough to make you live unforgettable moments. During your trip, admire some of the most beautiful villages in France.
For those who are less cold, you can punctuate the walk with a family swim. Count between 4 and 5 hours to complete the whole tour.
For the most experienced among you, the grand canyon remains the most suitable route because the river flow is consequent. Starting from the bridge of Galetas on the outskirts of Moustiers Sainte Marie, go up the Verdon for 2 kilometres. This very busy route will be the occasion to confront you with white water, waterfalls and famous rapids guaranteeing strong sensations. To the pleasure of the exercise add the pleasure of the eyes, indeed the grand canyon borrows its name and its beauty from the American Colorado. All in all, a few hours of exotic travel and sporting challenge for a holiday that is sure to be a success.
Beware, if the first two or three holes are easy, the rapids then add to your activity. In certain areas, this activity is therefore reserved for intermediate level kayakers and adults in good physical condition.