The Verdon took thousands of years to make its way through the reliefs of the Mediterranean hinterland, between the Var and the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. The river has hollowed out Europe’s biggest canyon. The emerald waters of the Verdon run between the dazzling cliffs, creating an outstanding and unspoiled nature setting. From the hiking tracks that seem to be tightrope dancing on the cliffs, you can discover some viewpoints with stunning views on the canyon.
We will start our walk in the Haute-Provence, by the gorges road, taking as a starting point Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, a small village famous for its architecture, built against an impressive rocky escarpment. From there, a narrow road passes between the cliffs and climbs up to the crib where the famous star of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie hangs. On this road, you can't help but park in some of these spaces specially designed for your eyes, such as balconies over the river which are nothing but superb viewpoints?
The first one is the Galetas belvedere, which offers a magnificent panorama of the lake of Sainte-Croix, with its magnificent emerald waters typical of the colours of the French Riviera, where the practice of pedal boats or electric boats will be a real pleasure.
Then, our walk takes us to the Mayreste lookout, where we can admire the long fruit of erosion: vertical walls, enormous boulders and vertiginous limestone cliffs... They will be the best friends of adventurous sportsmen and women who love climbing in the middle of nature. The high peaks of the Gorges du Verdon, are also good places for aerial sports, where you can paraglide over this expanse of Mediterranean greenery.
The hikers will go, by the path, until the Col de l'Ayen where the road goes a little bit away from the gorges and where you can see one of the most beautiful villages of the Verdon, located at the top of a wide plain: la Palud sur Verdon.
At 1 km from there, it is Route des Crêtes, about 23 km long, which hikers can take and which has about fifteen points of view from which one can admire a breathtaking panorama of the landscapes of the Gorges du Verdon. Holidaymakers will only have to choose and fill their days with magnificent settings and breathtaking natural spectacles. Let's not forget that the Gorges du Verdon are known for their impressive vultures, the great sailing ships of the sky. An impressive show and an unforgettable experience.
Then, in a magnificent setting, at the foot of a mountain peak where the ruins of a medieval castle lie, lies the small village of Rougon. Opposite, the impressive cliff of the Rocher du Duc (949 m) overlooking the Samson Corridor. And if we go southwards, majestic cliffs continue, then the road goes deep into the garrigue to return, sometimes, to the cliffs, with viewpoints such as Carelle or the Dent d'Aire.
Thus, a huge natural park is offered to you. Easily accessible from the campsite, this place probably stolen from paradise will probably be one of your most beautiful holiday memories.
The viewpoints on the Gorges du Verdon not to be missed
- Viewpoints on the way up to the Crèche de Moustiers Sainte-Marie
- Le Galetas lookout
- Ayen Pass
- The Tooth of Area
- Sublime Point
If you like diving, jumping, strong sensations or rather enjoy the landscape quietly directly from the currents of the Gorges du Verdon, in short if you are in love with aquatic activities, alone, with friends or family, you will find your happiness. Many places offer to practice, in complete safety, sports such as rafting, canoeing, kayaking, or canyoning.
For cats who don't like water, the four lakes lend themselves perfectly to beautiful days or half-day hikes. The paths that wind along the ridges offer a breathtaking view of the wonder of the regional nature park. There are many bridges in the area, so bungee jumping is possible.
The four lakes of the Gorges du Verdon are :
The lake of Castillon
Lake St. Croix
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