Tourism in the Gorges du Verdon
The Gorges du Verdon is considered to be one of the most beautiful canyons in Europe! Its walls rise as high as 700m affording spectacular views… Roads have been carved out of the rock face around the Gorges. From Castellane, you can drive along the vertigo-inducing road along the edge of the canyon. If you wish to fully immerse yourself in nature, you can walk along the Sentier Martel trail or take a trip down the river in a kayak or raft.
The canyon extends from Castellane up to the Sainte-Croix Lake covering around forty kilometres. The Verdon weaves its way through the steep, rocky walls. This striking, emerald green stretch of water, which is calm in parts and turbulent in others, can be accessed from a number of points providing an ideal spot for swimming or white-water sports, or to simply take in the spectacular vistas.
Lying approximately 5km from Camping International, Lake Castellane is the closest lake and can be accessed by bike or car. It is also the wildest, stretching some 8km. Its emerald green waters rise well above 22° in the summer providing a special playground for everyone. Small, sheltered beaches are perfect for swimming. A large water sports centre offers numerous activities, such as canoeing, kayaking, paddle or pedal boating, as well as water skiing.
Covering an area of 22 km2, this is the largest of the Verdon lakes and widely considered to be the most beautiful in Provence. Approximately one hour's drive from Camping International, the Sainte-Croix Lake marks the start of the highest cliffs of the canyon. From the lake, you can access the Gorges by canoe, pedalo or electrically-powered boat over 2 km. Numerous beaches make a beautiful setting for relaxing and if you move a little further away from the villages, you can spend a day out with the family in peace. In summer, temperatures can reach 27°. Catamaraning and windsurfing are very popular here.