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Gorges du Verdon

Gorges du Verdon

In the up-country of the Provence, the Verdon river has hollowed out the biggest canyon of Europe.

It is about 2 hours drive from the Holiday Green campsite that are the gorges du Verdon. It is a large canyon dug by the Verdon River whose source is in the massif of the Three Bishops. The gorges of Verdon begin at the edge of the department of Var south and end in the department of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence in the north. In the Provençal hinterland, the Verdon has dug the largest canyon in Europe.

The Gorges du Verdon offer a route with a total length of 175 km with large cliffs from 250 to 700 meters high. As for the widths of the cliffs, they vary from 6 to 100 meters. Because of its size, the Gorges de Verdon are the most beautiful gorges of all France, and even of the continent.

From the belvederes that dominate it, you can admire the waters with emerald reflections that caress the rocks at the foot of the vertiginous walls. The gorges du Verdon are to discover from the heights and hiking trails along the ledges, or from the river where canoeing is legion. However, it should be noted that canoe trips are just one option among many other water activities offered on the premises. The Verdon gorges are home to exceptional lakes that are ideal for swimming and fishing. For example on the lakes of Sainte Croix, Esparron or Quinson, you can discover the beauty of the surrounding landscapes aboard an electric boat. The nature is beautiful.

But it is not only the water sports, the gorges of Verdon also offer a whole range of terrestrial activities and even air for the more adventurous. Indeed, you can fly over this majestic hot air balloon site to miss nothing of its recesses. Attention, it will be an experience as exceptional as dizzying. Hiking is also very popular to crisscross the Gorges du Verdon. You will find marked trails such as the Blanc Martel Trail, the Imbut Trail, the Bastidon Trail, and many others. Young and old will each have its own plethora of pleasures. You can practice all kinds of outdoor sports such as paragliding, rafting, bungee jumping or canyoning.

As long as you're there, why not take a trip to the Pays du Verdon? The inhabited part of the gorges of Verdon shelters the most beautiful villages of France. Examples include the Moustiers Sainte Marie (a historic village founded in 434), the village Tourtour (part of the favorite villages of the French in 2015), or Aiguines (a unique village where life is good).

History buffs will finally be able to visit the Museum of the Counts of Provence in Brignoles, 45 minutes from the Holiday Green campsite. It is a museum of art and tradition. You will find different collections of sacred art, archeology, decorative art and fine arts. The Museum of Woodturners in Aiguines is also an interesting place of discovery, especially for craft lovers.

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