Where to Stay by Gorge du Verdon in France!

When traveling in the South of France, it’s easy to get lulled by its beautiful coastal towns, never venturing inland.  But just two hours from Cannes, lies the wildly impressive: Gorge du Verdon.  Known as the “French Grand Canyon,” it’s the deepest gorge in France, with incredibly turquoise waters ~ & it’s set in the region known as Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur.  Because accommodations can be a little confusing here, in this post I’m covering where to stay by Gorge du Verdon ~ even where to save money & camp!

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The incredibly turquoise waters of Gorge du Verdon ~ often called the “Grand Canyon of France.”

Map of Gorge du Verdon in France

 The Gorge du Verdon makes an ideal road trip from Cannes or St. Tropeztwo extremely popular destinations in the South of France.  My friend & I rented a car in Cannes, then drove up through Mougins & Grasse (the well-known perfume center) on D6085, eventually coming to D71 ~ a spectacular route set right along the edge of the Gorge.  I highly recommend taking this slightly longer, more scenic route. 

And in case you’re wondering: the best way to see the Gorge du Verdon is to rent a car.  There’s no public transport to get here, so renting a car is a must.  My friend & I found a great deal through Auto Europe, spending less than $40/day on a rental.  Well worth it to see the Gorge!

Cannes

Gorge du Verdon

St. Tropez

Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

Huttopia Camping Gorge du Verdon

Where to Stay by Gorge du Verdon

There are no towns located directly at the Gorge du Verdon, so your closest accommodations are actually camp sites!  The two closest are listed below, & are more like “Glamping.”

Best Campsites Near Gorge du Verdon:

1) Camping Huttopia Gorge du Verdon ~ You’ve got lots of options at this “glamping” campsite: you can stay in a tent, chalet, mobile home, or wood & canvas structure.  They’ve got an outdoor, heated pool with gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains, as well as private beach access, a restaurant, & water sport options.  Price: $15-120+/night.

2) Camping Domaine Chasteuil Provence ~ This campsite is also very close to the Gorge, offering tent sites or chalets & eco-lodges.  They have over 210 camp sites available, a shop & restaurant (higher up with views), & a heated pool as well as a kids’ paddling pool ~ making it a great spot for families.  Price: $15-45+/night.

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Camping Domaine Chasteuil Provence is near the entrance of the Gorge, & family-friendly.

Where to Stay by Gorge du Verdon

If you’re looking for a more upscale, romantic option ~ look no further than Moustiers-Sainte-Marie.  It’s one of the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous towns I’ve ever seen, set high in the mountains with crazy cliffs looming over town, & a river running through it.  You HAVE to see it for yourself!!!  Absolutely STUNNING!!!  And only an hour from the Gorge du Verdon…

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A shot I took at sunset in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, after visiting the Gorge du Verdon.

Best Luxury Hotels in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie:

1) La Bastide de Moustiers ~ Owned by renowned chef Alain Ducasse, this elegant inn provides a refined atmosphere, outdoor pool, & of course, fine dining ~ tucked just one kilometer away from the village center.  Price: $198+/night.

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Owned by chef Alain Ducasse, Hotel La Bastide provides refined country elegance.

2) Hotel Le Columbier ~ With rooms slightly less sophisticated than La Bastide, the surroundings of Hotel Le Columbier can’t be beat: its outdoor pool & striking mountain views will have you not wanting to leave.  Family run & with only 22 rooms, Le Columbier offers an intimate, adult retreat.  Price: $120+/night. 

3) Hotel de la Ferme Rose ~ A little quirkier & more colorful than the first two options, you’ve got the 12-room Hotel de la Ferme Rose ~ with mid-century antiques, beautiful gardens, & a cozy bar to cap off your night in.  If off-beat is more your thing, check in here.  Price: $115+/night.

Photos of Gorge du Verdon

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We stopped in a cute little town on our way from Cannes to the Gorge, grabbing coffee & a photo op…

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If you’re driving to Gorge du Verdon by car from the east, you’ll pass dizzying drops & views like this one, over turquoise waters.

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Just before dropping down into the Gorge itself, pull over & grab a shot from above.

 

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On warm days, rent a paddle boat from along the shore & go for a ride, along with hundreds of other boaters!

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Another option?? Swim under the gorgeous waterfalls you’ll find in the Gorge du Verdon!

Where to Stay by Gorge du Verdon in France, Girl Who Travels the World

Or go cliff-diving!! (This was from about 12-feet high, near the boating entrance).

Where to Stay by Gorge du Verdon!