The largest gorges in Europe

The Gorges Du Verdon (in French: Les Gorges du Verdon or rLe gand canyon du Verdon), in south-eastern France (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence), is a river canyon that is often considered to be one of Europe's most beautiful. It is about 25 kilometres long and up to 700 metres deep. It was formed by the Verdon River, which is named for its startling turquoise-green colour, one of the location's distinguishing characteristics.


The most impressive part of the gorge lies between the towns of Castellane and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, where the river has cut a ravine to a depth of 700 metres through the limestone mass. At the end of the canyon, the Verdon River flows into the artificial lake of Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon. Moustiers-Sainte-Marie is a quaint small village nestled into the hillside, with a steep walking trail to the church peched in an impossible position near the top of the hillside. The vilalge is known throughout France for its 'Faience', porcelain hand-painted china.


Definitley worth a visit, and one of the day excursions guests rave over on our Slow Tour of Provence

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