A canyon 25 kilometers long, with steep walls sometimes 700 meters high, plunging down to a turquoise and winding river... What more beautiful setting for hiking than the Gorges du Verdon?
We went there for a ride (yes, it's our job), to tell you everything.
This is unquestionably the most famous trail in the Gorges du Verdon. Relatively difficult due to its length and elevation, it has passages with ladders, an 80-meter-high staircase, and even more original, long tunnels - flashlight recommended! The landscapes are splendid, and it is possible to picnic on the banks of the Verdon.
This is a point to point trail, generally from the chalet de la Maline to Point Sublime. Shuttles are set up to return to the starting point, but sometimes in insufficient numbers in high season.
Among the most beautiful trails in the Gorges du Verdon, the Imbut trail offers great diversity between woods, rivers and cliffs. It is also quite sporty, with blocks and aerial passages.
Departing from Quinson, this path away from the Grand Canyon du Verdon also presents wild and spectacular landscapes. The outward journey is along turquoise water, generally invaded by pedal boats and paddleboards. The return is made through a magnificent forest, verdant and covered with moss, then ends in the heart of more arid vegetation.
The Sainte-Croix lake is the fourth largest artificial lake in France, created in the 1970s on the course of the Verdon. Its banks offer a pleasant setting for a family outing, with lovely views of the Verdon massif.
For another view of Lake Sainte-Croix, head to Grand Margès. A fairly difficult path leads to the summit (1,576 m), offering a superb view of the lake and the Verdon gorges.
Want more ideas? It's this way: see all the trails of the Gorges du Verdon. 🗺
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