Verdon Gorge


We had gotten through the first night in our apartment quite well, so we started very early with our rental car in the direction of the Verdon Gorge. We thought that a breathtaking landscape awaited us there, but the drive there was just great!

Castellane - starting point for our tour along the Verdon Gorge

To start our tour along the French Canyon (one of the largest in Europe), we drove to Castellane. The wild Verdon invites you to go rafting, among other things, and so there were already a few boats down by the river. We observed the preparations from a small bridge at the entrance to the town. Unfortunately there wasn't enough time to see them take off.

Verdon Nationalpark
Verdon National Park

It started with the round trip through the 21 km long and up to 700 m deep canyon. First we headed for the viewpoint “Pont de Solleil”. Small but nice. At the beginning it should be said that you don't just have to stop at the designated points. Sometimes just a small pull-out at the side of the road offers the much more interesting view!

Pont de sublime
sublime bridge

Sublime Bridge (Verdonschlucht)

Then it went a bit off the main route to the “Pont de sublime”. Various hiking routes also start from here. Since we don't just travel, but are geocachers, we also looked for caches nearby. Lo and behold, there is even one at this vantage point. So off to the undergrowth next to the road. The search ended at a rock face about 100 meters high. Oh wait, how are you supposed to get up there? None of us can climb like this. So we trotted off again - without the found cache. When we were back on the circular route by car, we found that there was still a parking space for the “Pont de sublime”. According to the GPS, the cache was very close again and we started hiking. This time it worked because we were now on the cliffs and we lifted the cache right on the cliff. The view from up here was just amazing!

Sitzen am Abgrund
Sitting on the edge

After this success, we continued with a lot of enthusiasm. A very special route is Route 23, which leads directly along the canyon. There are so many vantage points here that one could stop constantly. In midsummer, these roads are very busy and the parking capacity is quickly exhausted. In any case, you should drive carefully and be patient.

At one stop I looked along the gorge and thought to myself how cool these walls must be for climbers. At the same moment the first was in sight. Wow… these people dare!


As we drove through the tranquil village of Palude, we came back to the actual main path. We continued towards the reservoir near the town of Moustier. About halfway we saw a waterfall from afar. In general, the water just fell off the slopes above us. The waterfall was more of a water fall along a cliff crevice and right off the road!


Moustier is a nice little tourist town. In the middle of the city center, a river rushes down into the valley and creates wonderful little pools by slightly damming the water just before the waterfall.

For our way back to Nice we took the path along the other side of the canyon. Here you don't see quite as much of the wild Verdon, but this route is also highly recommended.

Verdon Gorge

In the direction of Grass, which you have to pass to get to Nice, we drove through a military area. When we saw huge halls, we absolutely had to stop and photograph them: tanks and army vehicles as far as the eye can see.

military base

The return trip took a little longer than planned. Driving through the suburbs of Nice was quite an adventure to avoid ending up on the toll highway. Some traffic rules were disobeyed, but that doesn't bother the French anyway.

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For us, the Verdon Gorge is definitely a "must see". On the internet and in travel guides, the Verdon Gorge is always compared to the Grand Canyon (USA). I personally don't think this comparison is right. The vegetation and rocks reminded me more of Yosemite National Park east of San Francisco.


My name is Christian and I was born in the green heart of Germany and studied computer engineering in Ilmenau, Thuringia. Since 2021, I live with my wife Christin and our son in Merseburg and work in Leipzig as a product manager. What I love about travelling is flying, discovering delicious food and drink, and staying in great hotels. I am a travel enthusiast and always on the lookout for the next adventure. I have been posting about my experiences on the road since 2007.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. I you

    Hey Chris, how long have you been a geocacher? ;-) We have to do a caching tour together.
    Otherwise good blog entry as always (I would have liked to have been in the gorge too)... and as an experienced reader I immediately see Chris Style :D

    1. Christian

      The gorge really wouldn't be bad for you. You can definitely climb a lot there, but also at dizzy heights. If we have observed this correctly, the climbers rappel down from the top and then climb back up. It's probably also the only way, since the cliffs are sometimes 700m high. :)

      We've been caching since last fall. I saw it at Folker in Ilmenau and have already found 200 of them. We can do a caching tour. There are many caches on trees where you absolutely need climbing equipment.


      1. I you

        200 not bad ... I think I've been there for just as long and I'm at 60 ;-). But let's really do it, climbing caches in particular are always very cool.

        Speaking of climbing ... I definitely want to see more pictures of the gorge. That looked really cool and a 700 m big wall also has its appeal. Although I don't really believe the draining thing. Nobody has a 700m rope ;-)

        Greetings from the country

        1. Christian

          Meanwhile there are already 231 caches found. Are all nicely listed in the statistics. ;)
          Then we should start a tour at some point. There is a route near us with over 200 caches.

          So whether people climbed the entire wall, I can't say. The walls are not all 700m high. :) Unfortunately, we only saw climbers on the wall and on the plateau, and that's when we, as laymen, came up with the idea that they could abseil a few meters and then climb back up. So for training purposes.

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