Provence at your feet
The “Tour du Verdon” is a thrilling cycle tour attracting many cycling aficionados every year. Spanning the Var and Alpes de Haute-Provence areas, the Verdon river is famed for its spectacular gorge – often referred to as the Verdon Canyon -, turquoise waters and breathtaking scenery. So it naturally has pride of place in the campsite’s hand-picked list of must-see sights we call Nos Coins de Paradis ® (Our Corners of Paradise). Exploring the region by bike is an excellent way to discover its natural beauty and enjoy an enriching sporting experience during your stay at our four-star campsite Les Jardins de La Pascalinette ®.
The Verdon Canyon at your fingertips
The “Tour du Verdon” offers cyclists the opportunity to discover picturesque villages, sweet-scented lavender fields, terraced vineyards and breathtaking panoramic vistas. Whether you are a seasoned cyclist seeking a challenge or simple amateur keen to head out for a scenic escapade, the Verdon canyon has something to offer cycle tourers of every age and level.
The “Tour du Verdon” cycling itinerary can be varied according to your personal preferences, but here is a suggested route that will allow you to discover some of the area’s most beautiful sights. Cycle tourers often choose to depart from Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, a charming hilltop village reputed for its pottery and picturesque little lanes. From there, you can head across the Gorges du Verdon (Verdon Canyon), making the most of the stunning views over the canyon’s limestone cliffs and the sparkling river below.
Along the way, you can opt to stop off in various villages including Castellane, with its famous five-sided tower, or Aiguines, gazing out over Sainte-Croix lake. The winding roads offer invigorating uphill climbs and heart-stopping descents, as well as ever-changing scenery that promises to enchant cyclists throughout this delightful adventure.
After effort comes comfort!
The “Tour du Verdon” cycle tour is also a great opportunity to sample some local cuisine and savour a variety of regional specialities. The villages along the route overflow with restaurants and cafés where cyclists can relish traditional dishes such as “Daube Provençale” (beef stew), “Pissaladière” (Provencal onion tart) or wild strawberry tart. You will also want to stop off to meet some of the local producers and taste their goat cheeses, Provence olives and wines – what better way to round off your gastronomic experience?!
Get a different angle on Provence with the “Tour du Verdon” cycle tour!
It is important to note that the “Tour du Verdon” cycle tour is pretty challenging, in particular due to its hilly relief and sometimes very-hot summer temperatures. Cyclists are therefore recommended to ensure they are in good physical shape before setting out, and fitted with all the proper equipment. Please ensure too that you drink plenty of water and protect your skin from the sun’s rays throughout (a bit like when you’re relaxing at the poolside at the campsite’s water park! ;)).
In conclusion, the “Tour du Verdon” cycle tour is an unforgettable experience, offering cyclists a full immersion in the region’s natural beauty and cultural treasures. Whether your priority is sport, discovering breathtaking landscapes or sampling local cuisine, the tour is a truly fantastic adventure that promises to delight cycling fans holidaying at our campsite.