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The Verdon Gorge: the Grand Canyon of the French Riviera

The Verdon Gorge (in French: Gorges du Verdon or Grand canyon du Verdon), in south-eastern France (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence), is a river canyon that is often considered to be one of Europe’s most dazzling and magnificent.

It is about 25 kilometres long and up to 700 metres deep. It was formed by the Verdon River, which is named for its astonishing turquoise-green colour of its water, one of the location’s distinctive features. The most notable and dramatic part lies between the towns of Castellane and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, where over millennia the river has carved a deep ravine  that snakes through the limestone mass. At the end of the canyon, the Verdon River flows into the artificial lake of Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon (in French: Lac de Sainte-Croix).

The canyon ranges in width of between 6 and 100 meters while the top ranges between 200 and 1500 meters.

A beautiful landscape near Nice

Because of its proximity to the French Riviera, the gorge is very popular with tourists, who can explore it in a myriad of ways. The limestone walls, which are several hundreds of metres high, attract many rock climbers. It is considered an outstanding destination for multi-pitch climbing. There are many ways, over 1,500 routes, with which to explore the fascinating cracks, pillars and seemingly endless walls, that range in distance from 20m to over 400m. The climbing is generally of a technical nature.

option from Cabooking to traverse the beautiful sceneries.

Kayaks are also available for rent to allow travel along the river while climbers can enjoy hiking on the hundreds of meters high limestone walls of the Gorge.

 

Book a car with a driver with Cabooking

The drive around both sides of the Verdon Gorge can take a single day if you spend less time taking photos. You can also walk down to the river in about an hour and climb back up for slightly above an hour. The drive is the most memorable experience because the roads along the Gorges du Verdon have been specifically constructed to give tourists stunning views of the canyon.

Book a car with driver from Nice through Cabooking and enjoy this exhilarating experience of a lifetime. To reserve your private transfer with Cabooking, simply go to our home page and complete the form located on the right. A member of our reservations team will confirm your booking shortly.

Photo credit : Dirk Beyer

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