The Verdon Gorge is found south-east France (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence). This stream gulch is frequently thought to be one of Europe’s generally lovely. It is around 25 kilometers in length and up to 700 meters down. It was framed by the Verdon River, which is named for its astounding splendid blue shading, one of the area’s distinctive attributes. The most amazing part lies between the towns of Castellane and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, where the waterway has sliced a gorge to a profundity of 700 meters through the limestone mass. Toward the finish of the gorge, the Verdon River streams into the lake of Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon.
In view of its nearness to the French Riviera, the gorge is extremely prominent with vacationers, who can drive around its edge, lease kayaks to movement on the waterway, or climb. The limestone dividers, which are a few several meters high, pull in many shake climbers. It is viewed as an extraordinary goal for multi-pitch climbing. The assortment of 1,500 courses include splits, columns and apparently unlimited dividers, and range in remove from 20m to more than 400m. The climbing is for the most part of a specialized sort.
We flew to Marseille from London which worked about £30 per person return from London Luton. Saving a lot of money already on flights so we hired car from Gold Cars which was quite cheap and we didn’t have to put a mad deposit down either. So already it was turning into a good journey. Within 30 mins of landing we was out on the road to our hotel for the night. Remember its right lane drive in France which took me a while to get used to lol.
About 1 hour and 30 min drive we got to the beginning of the gorge and already the views were amazing! By this point everyone had their cameras out and started taking photos while I had to concentrate on the winding roads up the mountains. Beware of small roads and cliff edges! There were loads of places off the road to have a look at all the views. Make sure you look to the mountains on the left aswell to see the wonderful waterfall in the gorge.
Things to do
We used Base Yannick for the first activity and it was a bit up away from the main gorge attraction. I fully recommend using this company first as its a lot more scenic than the other ones in the main part. It only cost us 20 euros each for 3 hours.
Things you need
We had to hire a car because the travel between each destination was a bit too far to walk or cycle. After browsing for 4 days I came across Gold Car and I saw about the no deposit insurance pack so I thought I would give them a go. They only charged me for a full tank for the Petrol Policy at the desk and then I was on my own way. Only took 15 mins and I was given the keys. Returning the key is even quicker. Just fill up the tank. Drop the keys in the return box and later that day they will email you and a few days later you money will be back in your account!
How I prepared for this trip – I was doing my standard browse for a new place to visit when I can across a picture of the gorge on Instagram. It was something I have never seen before so I just had to go! So first checked out flights on travelsupermarket.com which was actually pretty cheap for the south of france. I always use hotels.com for my hotel searches because they give you a free night stay with every 9 nights you use. I found Hôtel Le Panoramic which was quite cheap and right in the middle of the gorge. I then realised the distance from the airport to hotel and I needed a car to get me there, which was about a 1 hour and half drive. Which I got from Gold Car. Then I needed to do was packed. I would recommend traveling light with “carry on” on the plane because it made the trip simple and easy to look after everything. I knew I was going to spend most of my time at the gorge so I prepared myself with everything waterproof. I bought myself a waterproof bag and a waterproof camera and your average middle age mens speedos.
We stayed at Hotel le Panoramic because from the picture we could see its right next to the gorge and we hit the jackpot! The views from the balcony were amazing. It was everything you wanted when waking up in the morning with the Sun coming over the mountains. The breakfast was your basic continental breakfast. Loads of free parking with an amazing scenic route when coming to the hotel. Great for people who love to travel
Towns near by
My overall stay in Verdon Gorge has opened my eyes to Europe. I always thought to go and see something this beautiful I would have to spend stupid amount of money. Sit in hours of travel. Stress out on visas and money exchange.
To see something this amazing cost me overall £267.50 (per person with a party of 2). This included my flights, hotel, car hire, food and drinks.
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