Route of the Low Gorges of Verdon from Riez

  • Lac d'Esparron-de-Verdon
  • Circuit
Lac d'Esparron-de-VerdonCircuit


Touristic itinerary "The unexpected Verdon" : Discover the hidden face of the Verdon between lakes and gorges. A wild and authentic landscape.
Immerse yourself in this multi-faceted tour that is full of color and mysterious scenery

Itinerary :
From Riez, follow the D11 and take the direction of Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon typical Provencal village located at 513m altitude, overlooks the lake of Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon from a rocky spur.
Points of interest:
- Randoland (circuit of playful visit to discover
with the family)
- Archaeological site
- Ruins and vestiges

- Historical city center
- Panoramic viewpoint
- 16th century church and remains of a medieval castle.

Follow the direction of Baudinard-sur-Verdon and stop at the dam of Sainte-Croix, with a breathtaking view on the lake. Then follow the D111 in the direction of D211 and reach Montpezat
Points of interest:
-Saint-Julien-de-Montpezat church

Continue on the road along the lake of Montpezat in the direction of Saint Laurent-du-Verdon. You can visit the spectacular site of the Baudinard gorges either by walking along a red marked path from the place called Saint Jaume, or by renting a canoe (rental in Saint Laurent or in Montpezat).
A track located 200m upstream from the bridge linking Montpezat to Baudinard allows access to the river. The narrowness of the gorges is impressive and the show becomes magical when arriving on the lake Ste-Croix, with the walls covered with moss and ferns.
Points of interest:
- The Coteau Chiron hike in the Verdon: from the pretty village of Saint-Laurent-du-Verdon, this family walk takes you through the fields to the beaches of Lake Saint-Laurent, before climbing the Coteau Chiron hill where the panorama of the Verdon, its gorges and the lake of Montpezat is remarkable.
- The lake of Saint-laurent-du-Verdon / Artignsoc

Then, continue towards Artignosc-sur-Verdon by the D471, then join the D71 in the direction of Montmeyan, a fortified medieval village built at an altitude of 504 meters on a rocky promontory in the middle of the plain.
Points of interest:
- Castle (XI°/XV°)
- Dovecote
- Romanesque church of St Pierre.

- The parish church of Notre-Dame
- The square tower of Castelar
- The chapel of Saint-Esprit
- The castle of Éouvière

Then, go back down to the D13 in the direction of Quinson. Located in an amphitheater between the limestone cliffs and the Verdon river, the actual village was built in the XVth century around a solid defensive rampart with 7 crenellated towers and two fortified doors.
Points of interest:
- Museum of prehistory
- Hike of the canal guard
- Prehistoric village
- Cave of the "Baume Bonne
- Randoland (circuit of playful visit to discover
in family)

Continue the circuit and join Esparron-de-Verdon by the D15, a magnificent view on the lake awaits you as soon as you arrive in the village. Many parking lots are at your disposal (be careful, they are quickly full in high season). You can take advantage of your stop to discover this small village, admire its castle, but especially to swim in the clear waters of the Verdon. Electric boats, canoes, windsurfers... are waiting for you at the water's edge to take you to the heart of the lake, at the foot of the dam or in the Basses-Gorges, up to the Quinson lake. Then finish your journey to Gréoux-Les-Bains (D315 and D952), 3rd thermal spa in France. This road overhangs the lake of Esparron-de-Verdon and offers many magnificent viewpoints. A stop is possible on a belvedere, a little before the dam.
Points of interest:
- Castle and its tower (10th century)
- The old picturesque houses of the village
- Water activities
- Lake of Esparron
- Botanical path
- Path around the lake (GR de Pays)
- Ecomuseum of the life of yesteryear
- Randoland (circuit of playful visit to discover
in family)

- Castle of the Templars (12th century)
- Church of Notre-Dame des Ormeaux (12th century)
- Randoland (circuit of playful visit to discover
with your family)
- Troglodytic thermal baths dating from antiquity
- City center, wash houses, parks, alleys...
- Banks of the Verdon
- Producers and craftsmen
  • Section :
    • Leisure
  • Leisure facilities :
    • Picnic area
  • Localisation :
    • Riez
  • Services :
    • Motorhomes allowed
  • Bathroom/toilets :
    • Public WC


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Route of the Low Gorges of Verdon from Riez


Route des Basses Gorges du Verdon au départ de Riez
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 43.816457
Longitude : 6.091984
GPS supplement/information
  • Environnements :
    • In the country
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