The Verdon Gorge (French: Gorges du Verdon) is a river canyon located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of Southeastern France. It is about 25 km long and up to 700 meters deep. It was formed by the Verdon River, which is named for its turquoise-green color, one of the location’s distinguishing characteristics. In between the towns of Castellane and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, the river has cut a ravine to a depth of 700 meters through the limestone mass. At the end of the canyon, the Verdon flows into the artificial Lake of Sainte-Croix.
Many places along the gorges have stopping places where you can enjoy the views: sometimes these involve a short walk from the parking to reach the edge of the canyon and you will often want to linger so allow plenty of time to complete the circuit. One of the most popular viewpoints is at Point Sublime near Rougon, and the view from the bridge at the west of the gorges (Pont de Galetas) is also very lovely.
For those of you who love views and sensational photos, there are a number of places to stop at: the Point Sublime, the Belvédère de L’Escalés, the Belvédère de Mayreste, the Corniche Sublime, Cavaliers cliffs, the Artuby bridge, the Balcons de la Mescla…
A thoroughly enjoyable and not-too-strenuous way to enjoy the Gorges du Verdon is to rent a paddleboard or kayak at Lac de Sainte-Croix. Paddling through the emerald-green water and letting it run over your fingers is quite the experience.
The limestone walls, which are several hundred meters high, attract many rock climbers. It is considered an outstanding destination for multi-pitch climbing, with 1,500 routes available ranging from 20 meters to over 400 meters.
The Natural Regional Park of Verdon was created in 1997 to protect the unique environment.
According to Wikipedia