Verdon Gorge is called the Grand Canyon of France and is seen by many as one of the most beautiful river canyons in Europe. I’d seen photos of the gorge and was immediately taken in by the bright blue-green water. We went out early one morning to rent a little paddleboat to take through the gorge. Since it’s a nature preserve and protected land, you can only boat so far into the gorge before you must turn back. And I’m happy to report, the color of the water IS ACTUALLY that turquoise color!
Going through the gorge itself is the pièce de résistance and very much worth the trip out, however, the rest of the lake is beautiful as well. The water is such a gorgeous color, and changes throughout the day with the sun exposure.
There are a lot of little towns around the lake, the prettiest being Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon. There’s a little beach in town where you could grab a gelato and settle in with a good book, or watch the sailboats.
We didn’t expect to see lavender in bloom, as it’s a late summer bloom, and we were there in the middle of June. But something unexpected happened as we were driving through the countryside on the ring around Lac de Sainte-Croix towards Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon. There were so many lavender fields, but none were in bloom yet, until out of nowhere – bright purple!
We’d found one lavender field tucked away, with just the right sun exposure, that had decided to show herself early. The smell was absolutely incredible and it was so peaceful to stand in the middle of the field and listen to the bees buzzing and the wind gently blowing through the lavender.
This area would be a good place to come see lavender in late July, and I’ve never seen this area mentioned on any of the “Lavender Hunting” maps that are all over Pinterest, so you may be relatively alone!