"Gorges du Verdon" France Things to Do Tip by sim1
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The Gorges du Verdon are a great place to visit. Busy for sure in the summer, but when you go off season like I did you will have a wonderful time. There are still quite a few people hiking and driving the scenic route this time of year, but it doesn’t feel ‘overcrowded’ like in the summer months. I have been to the Gorges du Verdon twice actually; the first time was over ten years ago, and if I remember well that was in the middle of summer and it was very busy. The second trip was only a few weeks ago, at the end of September 2003. I had a wonderful time here, hiking and enjoying the beautiful views.
The Gorges du Verdon is a result of the river Verdon that cuts deep into the rocks to a depth of 700 meters. There is scenic roads on either sided of the gorge, and lots of spots where you can make a stop to take a look at the spectacular views. One of the best views is at ‘Point Sublieme’ which is also the start to some great hikes. The total distance to tour around the canyon is around 115 kilometres. The road is windy at points, with hairpin bends and very small section that feel just wide enough to allow one car. And of course there are sheer drops at the side of the road as the canyon is so narrow.
The best way though to explore the Canyon is to leave the car behind and do some hiking. There are several hiking trails worth while doing. I made a long hike to the ‘Pont de Tusset’. The hike itself to the bridge is not that far, it was the hike after the bridge that was a very long way, arghhh, all the way up the mountain. Hahaha, but I’ll tell you more about that adventure on my Castellane page.
When you plan to go hiking be aware that the trails are not all that easy to do. Because the gorge is so deep, it does mean you have to do some serious up and down hiking to get to the bottom of the gorge and back again.
More about the gorges on my Castellane page
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