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The Verdon river

The Verdon river, turquoise water and splendid landscapes

The Verdon river, turquoise water and splendid landscapes

It is by flowing in the middle of limestone rocks that the Verdon river carved out the Gorges of the same name, considered today as one of the most beautiful canyons in Europe.

A water with emerald reflections of rare intensity.

With its color oscillating between blue and green, the Verdon river will not fail to charm you … But do you know what gives Verdon this unique color? These are microscopic algae and fluorine, present in its bottoms, which make it one of the most beautiful rivers in France. To discover the river and appreciate the superb landscapes that surround it, many activities are possible : rafting , aqua hike , canoe Kayak , canyoning or even hikes …

The Verdon stops for a moment
Panorama on the Verdon river

The river in the heart of the Gorges du Verdon

It is in the massif of the Three Bishoprics , in the town of Allos, that the Verdon takes its source. Following a route of approximately 175 kilometers , it then flows into the Durance, in the town of Saint-Paul-les-Durance.

To experience white water sports, two areas of the Verdon are passable :

The section of Haut-Verdon

Located between the villages of Allos and Saint-André-les-Alpes, it flows over forty kilometers. Spring is the best time to discover it by rafting, a unique wild and sporting experience!

The Moyen-Verdon section

It breaks down itself into two parts: the pre-gorges of Castellane , and the famous Verdon Canyon , known for its 21 kilometers of deep and wild gorges.

In the part of the Gorges du Verdon, rafting and canoeing are legion since many rapids follow one another. You may have the opportunity to hear their names: at barre-Saint-Jean, la Dégoulinante, the Tourniquet, Imbut , the solitary…

Five lakes to discover

By following the Verdon river, you can discover the five artificial lakes which also offer exceptional landscapes in the region. These are the lakes of Castillon and Chaudanne upstream of the Gorges du Verdon and the lakes of Sainte-Croix, Quinson and Gréoux-les-Bains , which are located downstream. The practice of nautical activities is authorized there, with the exception of the lake of Chaudanne.

The five dams of the same name play a major role in the region since they allow the production of electricity thanks to the force of the retained water. They are also essential for the organization of whitewater sports.