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Boutique village house near Gorges du Verdon with terrace
Village house with panoramic views and 18 mÂ² terrace near Gorges du Verdon. The house is opposite a restaurant giving it all the facilities of a hotel. Sleeps 6.
Views of the wild countryside and spectacular sunsets
Enjoy truly breath taking views of the wild countryside and spectacular sunsets, an artist's delight. Opposite a restaurant giving the convenience of a hotel. An old three story house village house set in a beautiful village near the Lac de Sainte Croix and Gorges du Verdon. It has a large terrace of 18 mÂ². The village, perched on a hill at an altitude of 630 meters, has ...Read more
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Maison Baudinard - Boutique village house Baudinard-sur-Verdon, Provence, France
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Gorges du Verdon
Walking in the Gorges du Verdon
Don't worry about spending a whole day for a walk through the canyon. It should be counted as one of France's great walks because, although it is hard work, the panorama of the Haute Provence is just overwhelming and makes the effort worthwhile. The path, called Sentier Martel which leads onto the Sentier de l'Imbut, alternates between the canyon's shoulders and the riverside, thus entailing a lot of climbing up and down.
A tour of the whole canyon takes some four to six hours, so it is difficult to walk through the canyon and return to the starting point on the same day. It is a good idea to form two teams, each with their own car. Parking a car and entering the canyon is only possible at the ends of the upper canyon. Have the teams park their cars at opposite ends and start the tour from there, and exchange the car keys upon meeting each other halfway through the canyon.
The following outfit is recommended:
Strong footwear: The path is marked by some colour dots here and there on a rock, and very little else. In some places the path crosses some heaps of gravel, and the rocks that are exposed to the mist become quite slippery.
Warm clothing: Even in the summer it gets quite fresh in the shadow of the canyon walls and especially at the canyon's bottom.
A bottle of water.
Flashlight: From Point Sublime, the path starts with a few tunnels. Without a torch you would keep both stepping into puddles and hitting your head on the low tunnel ceilings.
Map of the Gorges du Verdon
The Gorges du Verdon is one of Europe's great natural wonders; formed where the blue-green Verdon river cuts a deep swathe through the high limestone plateau of Haute Provence. Often called Europe's Grand Canyon, this truly spectacular canyon is over 25 kms long and in places over 1000 meters deep, and the great cliffs are a playground for rock climbers. The world's 2nd largest canyon, it may not compete with the Grand Canyon, Arizona, but it is still the largest canyon in Europe. The Verdon river is named after it's unusual colour. Verdon is derived from the French word for green.
Surprisingly, the magnificent Gorges du Verdon and the Lac de Ste. Croix in Provence, France are relatively unknown to the British. Although a holiday area, it remains unspoiled, especially outside the high season. An excelent area for walking, bird watching or just enjoying the weather and scenery. There are walks and hikes along the river's edge, alongside mountains and some taking in villages or vantage points. Whatever walk you choose, you can be sure of the most awe-inspiring scenery, a wealth of wildlife and a wide variety of wildflowers and plants.
There are actually two canyons which are separated by the Sainte Croix lake. In the midst of a nature reserve, rich in flora and fauna, the scenery here is astonishing. Never really discovered until the beginning of the century, the Verdon Gorges have since then fascinated innumerable visitors.
Lac de Ste. Croix
This magnificent turquoise lake was formed by the Barrage (dam) de Ste. Croix, built on the Verdon river in 1975. Sitting on the open Plateau de Valensole and the Grand Plan de Canjuers, the lake has a feeling of endless space and light. At the northeastern end of the lake at the Pont du Galetas, an almost invisible slot in the mountain wall hides the deep, wild Verdon canyon where the rushing green waters of the river enter the lake.
There are hikes starting from the ancient villages around the lake, such as Ste Croix de Verdon, which nestles just above the lake, Bauduen and Aiguines, which looks down on the lake. There is easy acces to much of the lake shore, and plenty of beaches and picnic areas. The size of the lake, however, accepts the summer visitors without a feeling of overcrowding its vast surface. On the plateau above the Lake are miles of lavender fields, which are truly spectacular when in flower, around June and July. The Lake, which the river of the Gorge feeds into, is normally bright blue, reflecting the sun.
Although the village of Ste-Croix-de-Verdon gave the lake its name, the village of Les Salles-sur-Verdon on the opposite side is more a part of the lake itself: the old village rests 40 m below the surface of the water. When the dam was built, Les Salles-sur-Verdon moved to higher ground, taking some of the old village with it, including the church bell tower and the fountain.
More walks in the area
In general, each town and village have hiking trails, some are more or less well marked. The tourist offices in each town will inform you precisely with plans, some also offer group rides. The scenery is always beautiful in the Parc Régional du Verdon.
Within the Gorges du Verdon are some very famous trails. The most famous is the "sentier Martel", the Martel trail. The 14 km long sentier Martel gives spectacular views of the Gorges du Verdon. It is located on the right bank of the Verdon, following the river from le chalet de la Maline (8km from la Palud) to Point Sublime. The trail takes 8 hours on average and will be etched into your memory!
Other paths to be considered: the sentier de l'Imbut, the sentier Vidal, and the sentier des Cavaliers.