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‘Hidden gem’ is Europe’s answer to ‘the Grand Canyon’



Tucked away in southeastern  is a beautiful turquoise river flowing through a series of rugged cliff faces described by travel experts as “the Grand Canyon of Europe”. Le Gorges du Verdon is a river canyon complete with white-water rapids and paths which wind their way through the cliff tops, including the Blanc-Martel trail, ending at Point Sublime lookout.

Eurocamp’s expert, Karen Williams described the region as a “hidden gem” and said it is typically cheaper than visiting the Grand Canyon and can be a great way to “beat the crowds” of the American alternative.

She added: “Le Gorges du Verdon in France, known locally as ‘the Grand Canyon of Europe’ offers breathtaking views of limestone canyon cliffs.

“This unique geographical site and one of the deepest river valleys in Europe offers a fantastic short-haul substitute for the iconic Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA. “

Le Gorges du Verdon is especially famous for its turquoise colour which comes from glacial minerals in the water. There are plenty of ways to explore the area, including on foot and by boat.

The Pont du Galetas bridge is the most popular spot to snap a photograph, offering beautiful views of the gorges below and the many boats entering the Verdon River. If you are driving the route, there is a car park nearby where you can park up and walk onto the bridge to snap a picture.

The summer months are some of the best times to visit when the weather is at its best and the water twinkles in the sunlight.

It also means that you can take a dip in the water at a certain point. If you really want to beat the crowds, the shoulder seasons of May or September are good times to visit although it’s worth noting that the boat rentals may be closed.

Karen said: “Stay at the four-star Les Lacs du Verdon parc, located within a huge 25-acre park of oak trees and fragrant scrubland, just a short distance away from the Gorges du Verdon.

“Perfect for those looking for an activity holiday, the area offers brilliant outdoor activities, such as walking, climbing, rafting and mountain biking.”

She added: “Destination dupes are great ways to see lesser-known spots which are often cheaper, and less crowded than their more popular counterparts.

“Not only are there cost benefits to visiting less popular destinations but these areas are often enriched in culture and can give holidaymakers a more authentic and original travel experience, which can result in some serious Insta-envy.”

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