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Location address: France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, La Palud-sur-Verdon
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The Verdon Gorge or Gorges du Verdon is a river canyon that is considered as Europe’s most beautiful canyon. It is about 25 kilometers long and up to 700 meters deep. It was formed by the Verdon River, which is named after its startling turquoise-green colour, one of the canyon’s most distinguishing characteristics.
The Verdon Gorge (in French: Gorges du Verdon or Grand 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 after its startling turquoise-green colour, one of the canyon’s most distinguishing characteristics. The most impressive part lies between the towns of Castellane and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, where the river has cut a ravine up to 700 metres down through the limestone mass. At the end of the canyon, the Verdon river flows into the artificial lake of Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon (in French: Lac de Sainte-Croix).
A very nice sub-part of the canyon is the Styx du Verdon. It refers to the Greek mythology. The “Imbut”, also known as “Embut” or “Embucq” is a sort of funnel where the Verdon disappears underground, beneath enormous rock structures.
The Verdon Gorge is easily accessible on its right bank from the North (via route D952 from Castellane to Moustiers-Sainte-Marie), and on its left bank from the South (via routes D71, D90 and D995 from Aiguines to Castellane).