Often referred to as the Grand Canyon of Europe, the Gorges du Verdon is an astonishingly beautiful 25 km (15.5 mile) river-carved canyon that cuts through the limestone of France's Alpes de Haute Provence. Though the canyon in its entirety is spectacular to behold, the stretch between Castellane and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie has received particular praise for its 700 meter (2,297 ft) deep walls which, when viewed from a kayak or canoe on the turquoise green waters of the Verdon River, are likely to leave quite a lasting impression on any adventure seeker.
For hikers, the 14 km Martel Trail is one of your best options for experiencing the canyon in all its scenic splendor; however, should you not have 8 hours available, there are plenty of other paths and viewpoints to check out as well. If you're feeling particularly adventurous, the Gorges du Verdon is also home some more extreme adventure outlets, including mountain biking, world class rock climbing, canyoning and even a via ferrata route (see our links). Suffice it to say, you won't find yourself short of things to keep you occupied here. Just make sure you give yourself enough time to thoroughly explore one of France's most impressive adventure destinations.
Location:Verdon Regional Nature Park, Alpes de Haute Provence, southeast France
Note:The Gorges du Verdon is best experienced during the warm summer months, when water sports are most readily available. Check our links for more info and guided adventure options.