The stunning Gorges du Verdon, located in southeastern France’s heart of Provence took my breath away from the first moment I saw them. This iconic spot, also known as Verdon Gorge (in English), is made up of limestone cliffs and forms the deepest gorge of France.
Gorges du Verdon, a popular tourist spot, is located near the French Riviera. It’s a great place to spend a sunny afternoon.
About Gorges du Verdon
It has a fascinating past. The limestone rock was formed from the seashells, coral and seafloor that were underwater for 250 million years.
The seafloor rose as plates moved and limestone peaks formed. The dramatic cliffs you see today were created by glaciers that wore away more limestone during the Ice Age.
Named after the stunning turquoise water that runs through the gorge, the place is named. French for “gorges du Verdon”, it means “gorges green”.
How to Get There
Les Gorges du Verdon is located in central France’s Provence region. It is a short day trip from France’s Riviera. Although you can go there and back in a single day, I recommend spending a few days in the area rather than hurrying back to the Riviera.
The closest town to the lake entrance is Moustiers-Sainte-Marie. You will need to travel six kilometers in direction of Lac de Ste-Croix before you reach Pont du Galetas.
You only need to cross the bridge to rent a boat. To make your trip more manageable, I recommend that you use GPS.
Google Maps will give you a map of the Pont du Galetas bridge. This will help you plan your route. There are many boat rental outlets available once you have reached the bridge.
Exploring Gorges du Verdon
In the summer, I recommend that you start your day in Gorges du Verdon early. You will be able to beat the crowds during summer months.
You will want to spend plenty of time exploring Gorges du Verdon, taking photos and taking notes. There are also endless adventures available. Bring your climbing gear if you’re up for an adrenaline-pumping afternoon.
Over 1500 routes are available for climbers. There aren’t many easy routes. To explore, you’ll need to wear hiking shoes.
Renting a kayak or paddle boat is a great option for a relaxing day. You will need to spend a few hours exploring the Lac de Sainte-Croix.
Pont du Galetas is the bridge that allows you to rent a boat. If you are driving through Provence, I recommend that you use GPS to plan your trip. Google Maps will give you an exact location of Pont du Galetas bridge. This will help you plan where to go.
It was truly a surprise to find a place like it in France. I spent a wonderful afternoon on the beach reading, swimming, and cooling down from the scorching summer heat.