The Gorges du Verdon are among the most beautiful and unusual landscapes in France. It is a place to visit at least once in its life and which will please everyone. Young and old, as the activities proposed on the spot are varied.
In this article, we propose you a guide “How to go to the Verdon gorges”. By bus, by train or even by plane for those who come from far away.
To go to Verdon Gorges by train or by bus
To go to the Gorges du Verdon, you can first join either Marseille or Nice. Indeed, these are the two nearest big cities.
Note that once in the region, you will need a vehicle to be able to fully enjoy the Gorges du Verdon. You can easily find a rental car at the train station in Nice or Marseille. Once you have picked up your rental car, it takes about two hours to reach the Gorges du Verdon from Marseille and a little over an hour from Nice.
The alternative solutions are quite meager. Indeed, from Nice or Marseille, you can find a bus line that will allow you to reach Castellane or Gréoux-les-Bains.
How to go to Verdon Gorges by plane
If you come from far away and you want to take the plane, you will have the choice between two airports to join the Gorges du Verdon. The airport of Marseille and the airport of Nice. Both are well served from most French airports.
Indeed, you can find direct flights to Marseille from the airports of Nantes, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Lyon, Metz, or Rennes.
However, Nice airport is also an interesting option as it is only 10 minutes away from the city center, which will also give you the opportunity to visit the city. You can easily find direct flights to Nice from the airports of Nantes, Strasbourg, Lille, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Paris, Brest Caen and Metz.
Note that paradoxically, flying to Nice is more affordable than taking the train or bus. In fact, if you plan ahead, it is possible to find round trips with direct connections for less than 50 €. Nevertheless, you will also have to plan your trip to the airport.
Getting organized at the Airport
If you are planning to drive to the airport, you will need to think about reserving parking at the airport. Parking at the airport can quickly become expensive. To avoid impacting your travel budget too much, it is best to book a private parking lot. This type of service provider can be found in all French airports and these parking lots offer attractive prices. This will allow you to make considerable savings. To find the ideal parking lot, you can use a comparison platform dedicated to airport parking lots like Parkive.fr.
On arrival and just like coming by bus or train, you will need to rent a car to reach the Gorges du Verdon. You will find one very easily at the airport, since it is the place where most of the rental companies are located. Again, it is best to book in advance so that you can get the vehicle of your choice.
What to do in the Verdon
To visit the Gorges du Verdon, you need at least 2 to 3 days. This region is magnificent and walking around is already a real pleasure in itself. But you should know that many activities will be proposed to you there, in particular aquatic activities.
Of course, to take part in these activities, you will need to know how to swim and bring a good pair of sneakers and a bathing suit. But in itself you will find courses adapted to all levels. All activities are always accompanied by a guide with a state diploma. You will be in good hands.
You will be able to canoe in the Gorges du Verdon, for a day (from 12 years old). In this case, you have the choice between a single or two-seater boat.
If you like strong sensations, you can also go rafting on a boat for 6 to 8 people. This activity is available from the age of 8, since you will be several people on the same boat. You should know that several courses are proposed, with more sportive versions. There are also quieter courses that are more suitable for contemplation (ideal for families).
Finally, if you prefer to find a compromise between aquatic activities and hiking, the aqua-rando should please you. It is a walk along the water with a wetsuit that allows you to float without effort. Thus, you can discover the beauty of the Verdon gorges by simply letting yourself be carried by the current. This activity is available for half a day (from 7 years old), a day or two days (from 14 years old).
The Verdon and its magnificent gorges are waiting for you!