The Verdon Gorge

Upper Var – Verdon

This wild and unspoiled area is home to Europe's finest canyon. The vistas are breathtaking and the villages, standing like sentinels above Sainte-Croix lake and at the edge of the gorge, are simply unforgettable. Take a plunge into the history of the village of Salles-sur-Verdon, swallowed up when the reservoir was first flooded.

This is a land of tradition, with surprises around every corner as you meander from village to village. You will love discovering Régusse and its windmills, Salernes, home to many craftsmen and a ceramics museum (Maison de la Céramique), the magnificent village of Tourtour, Villecroze and its grottos, and Aups, the truffle capital!

Verdon Grand Canyon

Welcome to the Verdon Grand Canyon, the natural frontier between the Var and Alpes-de-Haute-Provence areas. This gigantic chasm, seemingly carved by the gods, is actually the result of erosion of the chalky plateaux of Provence by the Verdon river. It is unique in France. The depth of the canyon – up to 700 m – and its geographical location on the cusp of Alpine and Mediterranean zones have produced an incredibly rich plant and animal life. Nature, both astonishing and wild, is king here. The Verdon Regional Nature Reserve offers a plethora of outdoor leisure opportunities, including walking, canoeing, white water rafting and hydrospeed…

You can also discover the canyon via the road: the Corniche Sublime is interspersed with fabulous viewpoints, such as the Falaise des Cavaliers and Balcons de la Mescla.


The lake is located at the foot of the Verdon Canyon, on the open Valensole and Canjuers plateaus, an important centre of lavender-growing.

The lake has a surface area of 2200 hectares. It is the third largest dam in France by surface area. There are three pretty villages at its southern end Aiguines, Salles-sur-Verdon and Bauduen.

Framed by the surrounding majestic landscape, it has become a very popular tourist site. Much favoured by kayakers and windsurfers, the lake is ideal for a whole range of water activities that can be practiced right up to the exit from to the Verdon Canyon where the river enters the lake. 

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