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Gorges Du Verdo

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by James Rawa (subscribe)
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Published October 27th 2017
Gorges Du Verdon provides unimaginable attractions in France and is found in South Eastern France, around 80 km from popular Cote d'Azur coastline. The area is rated as one of Europe's most beautiful rivers with a distinctive blue-green attractive water.
Gorges du Verdon
Gorges du Verdon, Photo by James Rawa


There are many different trails and hiking trails that lead visitors through tunnels and the area is also frequently visited by climbers who find vertical challenges on the straight walls of the gorge.

Gorges du Verdon
Gorges du Verdon, Photo by James Rawa


The Sentier De l'Imbut hiking trails (which is the most beautiful but also technically difficult) at approx. 6-8 km and Sentier Martel hiking trails at approx. 15 km are among the preferred routes. The Sublime Point on the northern side of the gap is the most famous. Styx du Verdon is named after the Styx river from Greek history and is a gap in the gaps. Imbut, also called Embut or Embucq, is a form of the funnel where the Verdon River disappears and goes under-ground between a huge rock formation.

Gorges du Verdon
Gorges du Verdon, Photo by James Rawa


The water of the Verdon River is so abundant that the river has created five lakes: Lac-de-Croix, Lac-de-Castillon, Revenue de Chaudanne, Lac-de-Quinson and Lac-d'Esparron lake. The first lake, Lac de Croix, is the calmest and the largest of all lakes and the biggest lake in France. This is a playground for natural water lovers. It's about 12 km long and approx. 3 km wide with a mirrored surface. There are good opportunities for jumping ashore and relaxing by a small waterfall.

Lake Ste-Croix is definitely the most visited area in France, there is room for everyone to visit this area. The beach is child-friendly with low water levels so young children can swim peacefully and there are many boat hire facilities, so visitors may spend the whole day here doing a lot of activities like rafting, learning windsurfing, swimming and sunbathing.
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Why? The most beautiful town
When: Every day
Phone: 04 92 74 02 47
Where: 04500 St Laurent du Verdon, France
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