Verdon Gorges - Les Gorges du Verdon


Gorges du VerdonThe Verdon is rooted in the massive Three Bishoprics, near the Col d'Allos. Its course is interrupted when it flows into the Durance after traveling about 175 kilometers between Colmars-les-Alpes and Vinon sur Verdon.

Its name comes from its unique color, emerald green, caused by microscopic algae. Verdon forms the border between the Alpes de Haute-Provence and the Var. The most famous portion of its course is between Castellane and the Lake St. Croix, when transformed into raging waters, the waters will dig the Gorges du Verdon, the Verdon Gorge, a top tourist attraction ! At the exit of the gorge, tourists will discover the Lake St. Croix, established in 1973 by the dam of the same name.

Five dams now regulate the course of the Verdon, to ensure water supplies for southern Provence, but also to ensure production, including the dam of Sainte Croix. The first of these dams to emerge will be one of Castillon in 1949, followed by Chaudanne in 1952. Follow dams Gréoux (1967) and most important of these works, the dam of Sainte Croix in 1975. This will create the Lake St. Croix, an enormous reservoir of more than twenty square kilometers containing 760 million cubic meters of water. Its impoundment engulf the village of Salles sur Verdon and the source of Fonthill Bishop, and many archaeological treasures. The final barrier will be erected at Quinson, also in 1975, but it will give a water retention much less.

Hotels Verdon Gorge
A list of hotels in Verdon Gorge
Hotels Verdon Gorges

Camping Verdon Gorge
A list of campgrounds in Verdon Gorge
Campings Verdon Gorges

Gites Verdon Gorge
A list of lodgings - Bed and Breakfast in Verdon Gorge
Bed and Breakfast Verdon Gorges

Verdon Pictures

Carte du Verdon Entrée des Gorges du Verdon Verdon Verdon au lac de Sainte Croix Verdon à Quinson