The Gorge du Verdon

A very scenic day with several breathtaking picture stops

  • Stop in Moustiers, famous for it’s Fayence
  • Stop for lunch (at your charge)
  • Visit the village and lac de Saint Croix

You shall discover the deepest canyon in Europe. It’s cliffs more than 800 meters over the Verdon river. You shall spend a day surrounded by spectacular views and visit the quaint Provencal villages of Moustiers, Aiguines, and Aups. Depends on the season it is possible to see the lavender fields.

Village and Lac de Saint Croix

The Verdon takes its source near the col d’Allons, in the massif of the Three Bishoprics (2,819m). It flows into the Durance, near Vinon-sur-Verdon after having traveled nearly 175 kilometres.

History: A part of its course between Castellane and the Pont du Galetas is located today on the lake of Sainte-Croix, which was a few decades ago, the great plain of Salles-sur-Verdon before the Waters of the artificial lake created by the construction of the dam of Sainte-Croix

Before the rise of waters in 1973, the new village of Salles-sur-Verdon was built higher and more modern and the former village of Salles was evacuated Force, its church was dynamited like the old village, to the great displeasure of its inhabitants. The gorges of the Verdon are a good distance, the border between the departments of the Var in the south and the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence in the north, in the region Province-Alpes-Cote d’Azur.

This area between Castellane and the lake of Saint-Croix is called the Gorges of Verdon. It is divided into three distinct parts:

  • The pre gorges, which range from Castellane to Pont de Soleils
  • The gorges that range from Sun bridge to Imbut
  • The canyon that runs from the Imbut to the Pont de Galetas

The gorges  of the Verdon are narrow and deep 250 to 700 meters deep, 6 to 100 meters wide at the level of the Verdon river, and 200 to 1500 metres from one side to the other at the top of the gorges