1 week in the Gorges du Verdon= 2 campsites to discover the richness of this incredible site
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Hike : Notre-Dame du Roc
Camping offers hiking, walks around Castellane, including the famous Roc de Castellane.
Allow about 3 hours for this walk of about 9km, accessible even to younger (5 years). A steep rocky path awaits you, but no need to rush. Each advance at their own pace, and the last will have plenty of time to take breaks on the various points of view of course. Do not forget your tennis / sneakers, and water.
From reception at 9am, we take a small path to bypass the RN85 - Route Napoleon and enjoy the cool glades.
After a few pedestrian crossings, the trail begins. Through the typical vegetation of Provence (savory, thyme and lavender), we move to a first impressive view. You can watch the Robion the Destourbes the Cadières Brandis, the mountain of Cheiron and the neck of Lèques.
A little rough and stony ascent awaits you some for a period of about fifteen minutes. After some turns, we arrive on the north face of Roc de Castellane. We reach the Way of the Cross (1868) to get to the chapel, the goal of the day. A little break in the first balcony is necessary, at least to see the canal du Verdon, the riverbed and have details of the lake Chaudanne which is just behind a mountain. Arrived at the chapel, another break to allow everyone time to visit the chapel, to photograph the landscape that stretches before us, or to identify the orientation table. We descend by the ruins of the ancient village of Castellane Petra Castellana (stone castle). This trail, known around the Serre, is dotted with typical southern Provencal plants. Following this path, we will find the emerald river that flows under the old bridge of the Rock, an ancient Roman road now traveled by pedestrians.
After a few detours in the backstreets of Castellane, between the old drawbridge and the noble church of St. Victor, we go back quietly to the camp site.