There are several reasons why Verdon Gorge in Southeast France has become such an iconic and internationally renowned area for rock climbing. Situated in close proximity to the glamorous French Riviera, Verdon Gorge has long been a popular destination for people wanting to see the striking and raw beauty it is known for, especially in the gorgeous Summer months.
The most breathtaking and well-known section of the gorge is located between the two villages of Castellane and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, where the ravine plummets 700m through limestone rock. Throughout the gorge runs the Verdon River, a stunning waterway containing some of the richest and most vivacious colours possible.
Stretching for approximately 25km long, the gorge contains more than 1000 climbing routes ranging from sport routes to long and hard multi-pitch routes. Surveiller et Punir, Pichenibule, Trous Secs and Adieu Zidane are some of Verdon’s most legendary routes.
So what is it exactly that makes this beautiful area such an epic rock climbing spot?
1 |The scenery. It is hard to overstate how attractive, pretty, captivating and alluring Verdon Gorge is, as not only do the sheer cliff faces drop down hundreds of metres, often lined with magnificent greenery, but the Verdon river which snakes its way through the gorge is a magnificent and unique shade of turquoise/green, making for an extremely pleasing aesthetic.
2| The conditions. The brilliant weather that is a common feature of this part of France makes it very conducive to rock climbing, as the perfect limestone rock surfaces and varying levels of difficulty make it a veritable paradise for rock climbers of all abilities.
3| The region. The nearby villages of Castellane and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie are considered to be some of the most beautiful in all of France, which is saying something, with their picture-perfect quaint buildings and relaxed vibes making for marvelous places to base yourself when taking on Verdon Gorge.
The wide array of areas to rock climb in and around Verdon Gorge is immense, enabling people of all levels of ability to enjoy rock climbing there.
These are some of our favorite guided trips:
Due to the amazing weather that this part of France endures for most of the year, rock climbing is available for a large majority of the year. The best time to go rock climbing at Verdon Gorge is from April to October.
Please bear in mind that June-August is the peak season for trips to Verdon Gorge, so the other months will more than likely be less crowded and thus more peaceful.
Like most trips of this kind there are a myriad of factors that determine how much they will cost, such as length of time and size of your group. Please note carefully if your trip includes equipment in the payment, or if you will need to bring yourself.
Some of our programs start at as little as 18 EUR for larger groups, increasing to around 50 EUR for smaller groups.
Verdon Gorge is located in the middle of the region of Provence, and is easily accessible from the French Riviera, meaning Nice is the closest big city to base yourself from, being just 120km from the gorge.
Rock climbing is not the only outdoor activity people like to indulge in at Verdon Gorge, with hiking also exponentially popular due to the interesting variety of trails and scenery to hike amongst. Check out some of the great hiking trips and tours we offer at Verdon Gorge, here!
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