The Verdon Gorges

A unique natural site in Europe

Les gorges du Verdon

The Verdon Gorges

Moustiers Sainte-Marie is located at the entrance of the gorges du Verdon, the deepest canyon in Europe. That geographical location is a major tourist attraction for the village. A magnificent and wild landscape characterised by its preserved nature and turquoise waters.

This spectacular canyon results from the limestone erosion of the plateaus of Haute Provence by the Verdon river which springs near the col d’Allos (in the massif of the Trois Évêchés). The 50 km long canyon stretches from Castellane to the lake of Sainte-Croix, and reaches up to 700 metres in depth.

The canyon presents many sports opportunities. From hiking paths of all levels to nautical or air sports, here: everyone will discover the pleasure of surpassing themselves. If you look at the sky, you may see a griffon vulture or a lappet-faced vulture soaring above your head… You can also drive through the gorges by car, following the Route des Crêtes or the road named ’Corniche Sublime’. They are built in such a way that they enable frequent stops with exceptional viewpoints.


Did you know ?

The green color of the Verdon is due to fluoride and micro-algae it contains : it's probably the origin of its name, from Latin viridum, "green place". The turquoise color of the Lake of Ste Croix is due to the clay.

Full driving tour of the gorges du verdon: 130 km, 4 hours

As you leave Moustiers, take the D952 towards castellane and go as far as La palud. at La palud, on the road to castellane, take route des crêtes (D23) to enjoy a 20-km scenic loop (40 min). please note: this road is closed during the winter period. Follow the signs to point Sublime, castellane. For the full tour, return to pont de Soleil, go through trigance and take the D71 as far as aiguines. come back via pont de Galetas and Ste croix lake towards Moustiers. 

Shorter options:

  • Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, La Palud, Point Sublime - 28 km (45 min)

  • Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, La Palud, Route des Crêtes - 40 km (1h15)

  • Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, Aiguines, Pont de l’Artuby - 34 km (55 min)









A desire to escape?

Possible guided tours on a mini-bus. Accompanied by a tour guide or a driver, you have the opportunity to explore the Gorges with complete peace of mind.

Les gorges du Verdon