Le Verdon, Les Gorges du Verdon

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Le Verdon river and Les Gorges du Verdon are around two hours drive northwards of Résidence Les Marronniers and lie on the border of Le Var and Alpes de Hautes Provence.

This area, far removed from the hustle and bustle of the coast, is an ideal day trip destination for those interested in nature and outdoor sporting activities.

Les Gorges du Verdon

The deep cliffs of the Gorges du Verdon are unique in Europe and are one of the greatest tourist attractions in the Provence. Up to 700 m deep, the 21 km long canyon varies in width between 6 and 100 meters at the bottom and 200 meters to 1500 meters at its rim. The gigantic cliffs of calcareous rock are the result of the erosion of the Le Verdon river.

Although much smaller than Arizona's Grand Canyon, Les Gorges du Verdon are deep, compact, wild and beautiful. From Castellane to the village of Rougons, Le Verdon river flows clear and swift, and the road follows along the banks.

At Rougons, by Point Sublime, the river plunges into the narrow rock walls and does not emerge until the western end, just before flowing into Lac de Sainte Croix.

In the midst of a nature reserve, rich in flora and fauna, the scenery here is astonishing. Never really discovered until the beginning of the century, Les Gorges du Verdon has fascinated visitors of Résidence Les Marronniers for several years.

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Outdoor Sporting Activities

The Parc Naturel Régional du Verdon was established in March 1997 and since offers a rich set of outdoor sporting activities in its 178,000 ha.

Rafting, cannoning and kayaking are some of the most popular water sports in this area and can be enjoyed by young and old alike.

Le Verdon region is an unbeatable place to go climbing. Altogether, 933 climbing routes have been classified amongst the cliffs of Le Verdon - the famous of which, la Falaise de l'Escalès - is 300 vertical meters high.

Le Verdon caters for all climbing styles and levels, and climbers come here from around the world. The cliffs and rock faces are undoubtedly one of the most popular meeting places in the climbing world.

Other sports include: Sailing, water skiing, fishing, paragliding, gliding, hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking.