Aix Verdon Itinerary
This route is 137 km, 2h10 driving time, from Aix-en-Provence to Castellane.
From Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, the final 45-km part of the route follows along the north side of the Gorges de Verdon, past la Palud-sur-Verdon, La Pointe Sublime, and along the Verdon river between the Gorges and Castellane.
Via Vinon-sur-Verdon, Gréoux-les-Bains, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, Gorges-de-Verdon, Castellane, for lavender, lakes, gorges, and Faîence pottery.
Aix-en-Provence to Vinon-sur-Verdon
[54 km, 56 min]
From the west side of Aix, take the A51 autoroute north (direction Sisteron, partial toll road); about 33 km, Exit 17 (Saint-Paul-lès-Durance). Go north on the D952 to Vinon-sur-Verdon.
Vinon-sur-Verdon to Gréoux-les-Bains
[9 km, 11 min]
North out of Vinon-sur-Verdon, cross the river, and immediately right (east) on the D952 to Gréoux-les-Bains.
Gréoux-les-Bains to Riez
[29 km, 19 min]
Continue east out of town on the D952 (Ave des thermes). Follow the D952 via Saint Martin-de-Brômes and Allemagne-en-Provence to Riez.
Riez to Moustiers-Sainte-Marie
[16 km, 16 min]
Exit Riez to the east on the D952, via Roumoules (there's an excellent restaurant at the village). On the road leading down off the plateau there are nice views of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie sitting back in its notch against the far cliffs.
Moustiers-Sainte-Marie to Verdon Gorges
[29 km, 19 min]
Go south from Moustiers-Sainte-Marie 2km, then left (southeast) at the roundabout on the D952 towards La Palud-sur-Verdon, on the north side of the Gorges. Stop at early when you start into the gorges at lookout points for views of the Ste Croix Lake
When you get to La Palud-sur-Verdon, the road is not near the canyon, but there is a great circle road, Verdon Route des Crêtes with some great views.
La Palud-sur-Verdon to Castellane
[25 km, 22 min]
The D952 continues east to the upper end of the Verdon Gorges. It's 7-1/2 km to the Point Sublime with a fabulous view into the Gorges. The D952 continues from the Point Sublime with a beautiful drive along the Verdon river to Castellane.
• alternate 1 km east of La Palud is the junction with the Route des Cretes, a 23-km loop that goes out to the edge of the Gorges and back around to la Palud. This is a beautiful drive with magnificent views.
• alternate From the Point Sublime, a 3-km road goes north up the hillside to the village of Rougon, where a colony of vultures is maintained on the opposite cliffs.