Located in Southern France is Gorges du Verdon a natural phenomenon similar to the Grand Canyon in the US. A mere 2 hour drive from Marseilles is one of the most beautiful areas in the Provence region!
Over the centuries, the blue-green water of the Verdon River has carved the many faces of the gorge leaving visitors awestruck at the dramatic scenery as the canyon descends to the floor. The cliffs will grab your attention since they are as beautiful as they are dramatic.
The Gorges du Verdon are known for being an outdoor enthusiast’s delight. Here you can walk along the river, hike in the mountains, enjoy white water rafting, fish, camp, water ski, scale the cliffs or horseback ride.
But the area is known for so much more. The twisty turning road flanking both sides of the gorge passes 43 villages, many lakes and picturesque turnouts great for viewing. While driving along the gorge you will pass medieval towns such as Trigance, green meadows full of cabins and wildflowers, abbeys offering concerts of Gregorian chants, fig and olive trees, chateaux and more.
Medieval Moustiers Sainte Marie is one of the villages worth a stop. The village hugs the hillside and has a spring flowing out of the cliff creating a waterfall in the middle of town. The looming Notre Dame de Beauvoir monastery sits on its perch high above the village. Moustiers, known for its pottery, sets a beautiful picture.
Yes whether you want to be active or just enjoy the scenery, the Gorges du Verdon has it all!