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1 week in the Gorges du Verdon= 2 campsites to discover the richness of this incredible site

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After Ondres, road, lined with pine and birch trees, follows the Verdon that dominates the village of Beauvezer, perched on a promontory. Until the mid 19th century, the torrent came to his feet and it is through dikes that could win pastures and implement large buildings which have housed, for a century, intense cloth activity. One of them became the seat of the House of Haut-Verdon.
From crafts to manufactures: from the middle ages, women of the high Verdon worked wool hollow during the winter. If this artisanal production first responded to local needs, marketing in lower Provence, in the States of Savoy has quickly gained momentum.
In the 17th century, Colmars is an important centre and its fair lasts more than 10 days. At the beginning of the 19th century, Villars-Colmars, with its 100 weavers and spinners, became the main centre of production of the Valley.
The mechanization of the 1830s upsets the landscape passing from a craft to a small cottage industry. But, very quickly, the structure is out of breath and the gradual closure of the factories causes a massive rural exodus.
  • The Switzerland of the coast
With the disappearance of the cloth industry, the haut Verdon could therefore rely on the tourist boom. A syndicate of initiative created in 1904 and publishes the first illustrated guide to the use of tourists, nice and Marseille for the most part, fleeing the heat of the summer. The Touring Club built a shelter near the Lake of Allos. From 1980, the Valley found a second wind in developing its sports facilities and fostering the development of secondary residences.
  • The old village
Walking through the alleys of the village, we view its old houses, sober and rustic. The ancient fortifications remains only a tower of square, taken over and covered in shingles section to serve as a bell tower at St. Joseph's Chapel. It contains one of the best paintings of the painter Jean André, the death of saint Joseph, executed in 1656.
Excursion: the hamlet of Villars-Heyssier (1,290 m), one can reach the St. Peter Chapel, at the entrance of the Gorge; a narrow footpath allows a superb hiking.

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