Pretty Basses Gorges du Verdon
Hiking in Gorges du Verdon doesn’t necessarily mean that you walk in the Grand Canyon. Located 15 miles downstream, Basses Gorges du Verdon, though a little bit less dramatic than the latter, offers no less wild and beautiful landscapes. And its access is easier : only a good hour drive from Aix-en-Provence.
All along the trail, under the leadership of your local guide, you can enjoy a lot of superb views over the emerald waters of the river : this splendid route, running alongside the river thanks to footbridges and passages carved in the rock, leads to the Chapelle Sainte-Maxime. This chapel stands up on a rocky spur overlooking the gorge.
A really lovely walk in the heart of Haute Provence.
The Imbut trail: what a scenic hike in the Verdon Gorge!
Half-day or Full day
Equidistant from Marseille and Nice, in the midst of Provence hinterland, South of France, Gorges du Verdon is the most grandiose canyon in Europe, offering several beautiful day hikes. Following the river as close as possible, the Imbut trail offers spectacular views of the Verdon river’s colored waters, either turquoise blue or emerald green. During the first section of the walk, your local expert guide takes you down to the bottom of the gorge. The next hour, alongside the river, definitely brings you real joy. Some stretches of the trail may be challenging for inexperienced hikers : a three-foot-wide platform has been cut up in the rock over the canyon waters and cables or supportive railings attached to the rock face to cling to. But, as our route is a return trip, we can decide the moment when we start retracing our steps.
TRAIL TEMPORARILY CLOSED
Walking time : from 3 to 4.5 hours (out-and-back)
Rating : from moderate to challenging (steep slopes and impressive sections)
Season calendar : 1/1 – 6/30 & 9/1 – 12/31
If you have a fear of heights, you had better choose another hike.