The Verdon Gorge is one of the classic climbing areas in Europe, and one that should be on everyones list of places to visit. The routes range from short one pitch technically challenging affairs to multi pitch all day adventures. All the routes share incredible views and perfect limestone rock.
The majority of the climbs are access by walking from parking areas along the loop road. For the popular areas these approaches range from a few seconds to around 15 minutes.
Some climbs start from the trail at the bottom of the gorge which means walking through a tunnels carved out of the solid limestone - an adventure in itself.
The climbing scene is very relaxed and it is possible to climb incredible rock with no one around, or if a scene is more your thing climb at one of the popular areas on the loop road and you'll have plenty other people to chat to (and more than the occasional tourist snapping pictures).
It isn't an all year venue for climbing, but from late spring through fall the climate is ideal for enjoying the walls. Afternoon thunderstorms are not uncommon in August and September.
There is a good camp ground on the east side of the nearby village, La Palud-sur-Verdon.
On your days off from climbing you can set up a bridge jump on the bridge over the river at the bottom of the gorge. Or you could just relax in and enjoy some local wine and baguette.
Located just over a couple of hours North West from Cannes or about the same distance North East from Marseille it is easy to reach by car.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Gorge du Verdon:
Free Tibet 5.10a Trad, Sport, 5 pitches, 450 feet, Grade II Falaise de l'Eycharme : Secteur Free Tibet
Featured Route For Gorge du Verdon
Afin Que Nul Ne Meure 5.10a International : France : ... : Dalles Grises
A magnificent line that ascends clean rock to the left of the Dalles Grises rappel gully. Only 5 pitches long, this route provides a great intro into the Verdon process of rapping into the Gorge with little way out but up. After the vegetated descent, one may wonder how this vertical route could be any good. 'Afin' does not dissappoint as you follow a progression of amazing side-pulls, pockets, flutes, stems, jugs and a couple of roofs that guard the summit. This route REALLY has it all!P1(5...[more] Browse More Classics in International