The Verdon Regional Natural Park is crossed by the Verdon River which has, over the centuries, incised the rock in a spectacular way. It is 165-kilometer long and has a large storage capacity which make it a real water tower for Provence, supplying the largest cities with drinking water. Two reservoirs have been created: Castillon and Chaudanne.
There are three massifs in this protected area : the Montdenier, whose peak reaches 1,750 meters, the Chiran, whose maximum altitude is 1,905 meters and the Mourre de Chanier, which dominates the territory and is located 1,930 meters above sea level. The valleys formed by these huge rocks are home to small villages. The inhabitants of these towns have learned to adapt to this very special environment and to a strong sun which reminds us of the Mediterranean’s. The Verdon Regional Natural Park is also known for star observation. Preserved from the light pollution of big cities, it is one of the only places in France where you can still observe the stars.
Since prehistoric times, men have tried to tame this arid country and shape its landscapes. The Valensole plateau is a good example of the work they have done over the centuries. Farmers have developed lavender and durum wheat crops on a several hundred-meter thick pebble area. From the perched villages, visitors can enjoy one of the most magnificent view in Provence of these golden and blue fields. The influence of the Gallo-Roman civilization is very present on this territory.