Huttopia Gorges du Verdon Huttopia

Europe France Provence Alpes Cote D’Azur Alpes-De-Haute-Provence

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
A family-friendly riverside campsite slap bang in the middle of a regional park

‘When the weather is fine you know it’s the time for messin’ about on the river. If you take my advice there’s nothing so nice as messin’ about on the river.’ You may find these lyrics – or ones like them – ricocheting around your head on more than one occasion as you settle into this riverside spot in the Gorges du Verdon – France’s greatest natural attraction and the world’s second largest gorge.

To save you the time with your map, the Gorges du Verdon are about 12 miles (20 km) long and 300 metres deep. It's slap bang on the riverside that this expansive campsite is found, in the very heart of the Parc Naturel Régional du Verdon. Covering some 17 acres and resting at a very pleasant altitude of 660 metres, it’s a wonderfully leafy place that’s dotted with pinewoods and has all the hallmarks of a well-loved spot. The 100-odd pitches are flat and allow easy access for vehicles, with ample space and plenty of natural shade from the trees.

Being right on a river obviously creates a wealth of recreational options. Without leaving the not-so-small confines of the site, you can relax on the beaches, try your hand at a spot of fly fishing or organise rafting, canyoning, canoeing, spring tide swimming or aquatic walks. And if you’re not a big river swimmer (the temperatures can get cool, especially out of season) then don’t fret as the campsite offers an alternative dip in the shape of a heated, outdoor swimming pool.

Other on-site activities include bowling, boules and volleyball, as well as a library and communal room with TV and video. Walking trips can be organised free of charge from the site, and the gorge’s limestone is a popular choice with rock climbers, too – there are reckoned to be anything up to 1500 routes around, ranging from 20 metres to over 400 metres.

Just along the road is the charming medieval town of Castellane. It’s instantly recognisable by the gigantic rock that juts dramatically skywards from the valley. Aside from the 18th-century stone chapel (Chapelle Nôtre-Dame-du-Rock) that sits atop, Castellane doesn’t have any tourist sites as such, but it’s a perfectly charming place to enjoy a stroll and the best place to organise activities over a cafe au lait.

The regional park itself spans almost 500,000 acres and includes 43 towns within its reach, so if you tire of lazing by the river there’s plenty to keep you occupied in the outlying regions. The French Riviera is just an hour and a half away by car, but chances are you’re not going to want to leave one of Europe’s largest natural playgrounds in any kind of hurry.

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Facilities

Heated swimming pool, a central lodge with internet and free Wi-Fi, laundry, a playground, boules pitch, table tennis, table football, a volley ball court and activities for children throughout school holidays. 'Camper's corner' shop for any essentials you've forgotten, a library corner and tourist information in reception. Chemical waste disposal for motorhomes and a campervan servicing point.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, motorhomes, caravans, families, groups, couples, pets… everyone!

Nearby

Bird lovers can enquire at reception about the bird-watching tours, arranged through the local vulture association. A 90-minute family rafting trip for children from 6 years old (with parents) can also be organised with Base Sport & Nature (0033 4 93 05 41 18). And if you need a change of watery scene, then Castellane also has a public swimming pool. The thrill seekers among you can brave a bungee jump from nearby Pont de l’Artuby (ask at reception for details) and take in the scenery – upside down.

Food & Drink

During July and August there is a food truck on site selling excellent home-cooked pizzas. There's also a bread (and croissant) service available from reception, along with ice-cream for sale. Castellane has a market on Sundays and Wednesdays where you can find lots of local produce. For great French pancakes and fantastic views, try Le Mur d’Abeilles in the heart of the village of Rougon (00 33 4 92 83 76 33).

Opening Times

April – October.

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The Owner Says

At the entrance of the largest canyon in Europe, the Huttopia Gorges du Verdon campsite welcomes you on a unique site on the banks of the Verdon with a beautiful swimming pool and private access to the beach…

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Accommodation

136 camping pitches, plus wood and canvas tents and chalets for hire.

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The Classic IV Wood & Canvas Tent

Pre-pitched tent Sleeps 4 2 Available
A very practical tent for “camping style” trips, offering comfort for a family of four.

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Getting There

From Nice, take the A8 autoroute west (direction Aix-en-Provence) and exit at Cannes. From the Cannes exit roundabout, follow the signs for Grasse, taking the limited- access road. From Grasse, take the N85 Route Napoléon to Castellane, and then follow the signs for Camping des Gorges du Verdon.

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