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The Gorges du Verdon,
Europe’s largest canyon 

 

The Basses Gorges du Verdon 

Certainly less dramatic than the Verdon canyon, the Basses Gorges du Verdon (Lower Verdon Gorge) offers wild and beautiful landscapes, as well ; and it is quite easier to access.
This splendid trail, running along the river thanks to footbridges and passages carved in the rock, leads to the Chapel of Sainte-Maxime that stands up on a rocky spur overlooking the gorge. All along the route, you can enjoy a lot of superb views over the emerald waters of the river.
A really lovely walk in the heart of Haute Provence.

Walking time : 3 hours
Rating : leisurely
Price (per person) : €50 (4 people) / €60 (3 people) / 
€85 (2 people) / €160 (1 person)

 

Verdon Gorge, Sentier des Pêcheurs
and Saint-Maurin waterfalls 

In the midst of Provence hinterland, equidistant between Marseille and Nice, the Gorges du Verdon is one of Europe’s most beautiful canyons. Offering spectacular viewpoints of the canyon, the Sentier des Pêcheurs (Fishermen trail) allows you to walk quite easily on the right bank of the Verdon river, from the Route des Crêtes (Ridge Road) down to the river bed, 250 meters lower. Your next hour of walking, along the emerald river, will bring you the sensation of pure joy. After the quite easy climb up to the road, the last landmark on your route will be the waterfalls of Saint-Maurin, with its astounding draperies of travertine.  

Walking time : 4 hours
Rating : moderate
Price (per person) : €75 (4 people) / €90 (3 people) / 
€125 (2 people) / €240 (1 person)

 

Verdon Gorge, the Blanc-Martel trail

The Sentier Blanc-Martel (Blanc-Martel Trail) is the most prestigious walking route among all those running inside the Gorges du Verdon. That’s probably because it descends from the rim of the canyon down the deepest gorge, offering hikers the chance to discover the bed of the river for more than 5 hours. Most often, the trail follows close to the creek, offering beautiful views of the emerald-green waters, contrasting with the grey rocks, especially in the narrows. Throughout this fabulous hike, you will discover an amazing biodiversity, from the most common to the rarest species of plants and will probably have many opportunities to observe large griffon vultures, a species from which several individuals were reintroduced in 1999. A must for someone walking in Provence !

Walking time : 6 hours
Rating : difficult
Price (per person) : €75 (4 people) / €90 (3 people) / 
€125 (2 people) / €240 (1 person)