Start your Engines Plan - Hold now Confirm Later!

Rating 5

Adrenaline 5%

Road Type Mountain Pass

Gorges du Verdon - National Park Verdon / Alps Maritimes

Set in the heart of the National Park Verdon, the Gorges du Verdon (often referred to as the French Grand Canyon) is one of the most amazing natural sights in the whole of this magnificent country - in parts more than 800M sheer drops make for a breathtaking backdrop.

Gorges du Verdon - Ferrari 488 Spider

Gorges du Verdon - outside Le Realis des Balcons

What could be better then, than to build not one, but two roads, one either side of the Gorges du Verdon! The odd thing about these two roads is that what is marked as the A road (north side) is in fact narrower, and certainly more challenging than the B road (south side). As a drivers road, there is absolutely no question that the south side of the Gorges du Verdon is the king - fast, sweeping, with plenty of opportunities to stop and take in the views, with the huge added bonus the B rated status keeps the dreaded camper vans and RVs away.

Merc AMG Gorges du Verdon

Start the drive from the stunning Lac Croix end of the Gorges du Verdon, where the views into the gorge are as breathtaking as the eerie blue lake itself. You are then in for nearly 40KM of sweeping roads, stunning backdrops and actually a pretty impressive tarmac. As you head along the Gorges du Verdon we recommend you pause at the Pont de l'Artuby to take a few snaps, before continuing to the small village of Comps-sur-Artuby for a quick coffee stop.

Gorges du Verdon - Pont de l'Artuby

Gorges du Verdon - Pont de l'Artuby

If you want to continue the amazing drive from the Gorges du Verdon, simply head north, and you will eventually intersect with Route Napoleon, which you can turn south and 1 hour later arrive on the sunny Cote d'Azur via another of our Top 10 drives.

Gorges du Verdon - entrance from Lac Croix

Gorges du Verdon - Entrance to gorge from Lac Croix - roads run up and on either side

The north side of the Gorges du Verdon is also worth a drive, as the road (near the start of the gorge - Lac Croix end) it is literally carved into the rock faces and offers some of the most dramatic views and natural landscapes - this makes for a stunning sight, but a pretty hairy at times - stop points are also quite limited. However we can also recommend looping back from Comps-sur-Artuby to complete a full loop of the Gorges du Verdon, arriving back on Lac de Croix.

Gorges du Verdon - Lac Croix

Gorges du Verdon - Lac de Sainte-Croix

A word of warning, although the Gorges du Verdon can be mostly deserted, in the French Holidays (mid July till end Aug) the Lake is a particular draw, so even the Gorges du Verdon roads can get busy with French holiday traffic - so to be avoided really.

Gorges du Verdon - Porsche 911

To summarise, the Gorges du Verdon is an incredible sight, the north side for the sights, and the south side as a drivers delight - it even rhymes!!  First class road!

Recommended stop point for a bit to eat / drink on the Gorges du Verdon

Le Relais des Balcons

Gorges du Verdon
Gorges du Verdon
Gorges du Verdon
Gorges du Verdon
Gorges du Verdon
Gorges du Verdon
Gorges du Verdon

Drive this road on these Ultimate Drives

South of France & Monte Carlo Driving Holiday - 5 Days - European Driving Holiday

From€2200per person

The South of France boasts not only some of the most amazing driving roads, but several bucket list destinations you simply must visit, including the Film Fest town of Cannes, Gorge Verdon, the stunning Luberon Valley, and jet-set Monte Carlo

South of France & Monte Carlo Driving Holiday - 5 Days - Driving Holiday in France South of France & Monte Carlo Driving Holiday - 5 Days - European Driving Holiday
Supercar Drive - South of France - 260KM - Supercar Experience

From€685per person

A 1 day / 260KM supercar drive in the sunny south of France, starting from Cannes, Monaco or Nice, enjoy a days drive starting on the coast then into the sweeping mountain roads!

Supercar Drive - South of France - 260KM - Supercar Experience in France Supercar Drive - South of France - 260KM - European Supercar Experience
South of France Driving Tour  - 4 Days - European Driving Holiday

From€1600per person

The South of France offers a breathtaking combination of rugged coastal drives, stunning mountain roads, as well as one of the most scenic parts of this country, the Luberon Valley in Provence.  Drop the top, and enjoy the sunshine.

South of France Driving Tour  - 4 Days - Driving Holiday in France South of France Driving Tour  - 4 Days - European Driving Holiday

More Information

For more information on these roads, download our FREE App that includes:

  • 70+ of the greatest driving roads across Europe
  • Comprehensive ratings and user reviews
  • Google Maps with suggested start / end points
  • Information on sights, stops and accommodation nearby
  • A Trip Planning tool to help create a road-trip
  • A Drive Mode feature to record your drives

Download The Ultimate Drives App from the App StoreDownload The Ultimate Drives App from the Google Play Store
Find Out More

Find out more information about the Ultimate Drives App