Patiently carved out over thousands of years by the river of the same name, the Gorges de Verdon form one of the most beautiful canyons in Europe, separating the mountains of the Préalpes de Castellane from those of the Préalpes de Dignes. Criss-crossed with footpaths, the destination is a particular favourite with walkers, but also rock-climbing, canoeing, rafting and canyoning enthusiasts. The Gorges de Verdon are at the heart of the Parc Régional du Verdon which is divided into three parts : the pré-gorges, the canyon and the gorges.
This last one has the best footpaths like the Sentier de l’Imbut, a 10km circular trail for experienced walkers. It starts on the left bank of the Verdon, allowing you to discover the « Styx du Verdon », which forms a mini-canyon within the canyon itself. The Sentier de Martel is a lovely walk of about 15km starting from Point Sublime, one of the most magnificent viewpoints overlooking the gorges. With 1,500 climbing routes and numerous cliffs, the Gorges du Verdon is a major venue for rock-climbing in France, and also for water sports which include going down the river aboard a pedalo.
The villages of Rougon and La Palud-sur-Verdon are ideal for a well-deserved stop on your walk to admire the typical charm and architecture of the lower alpine valleys. The Parc Naturel Régional du Verdon extends from Lac de Sainte-Croix to the Plateau of Valensole via numerous lakes and hills surrounded by gorges and dotted with numerous villages. A wonderful way to explore the magnificent natural landscape of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and Var regions.