Straddling the boarder of the Alpes-de-Hautes-Provence and Var departments this magnificent chasm began it’s formation during the Triassic Period (250-200 million years ago). During this period this part of France was under water which caused limestone and coral deposits to form, traces of which can still be seen today. The waters subsided due to large scale geological activity fracturing the limestone formations and forming gorges and valleys. The Glacial period then transformed ponds and lakes into unstoppable rivers of ice which once again dramatically remodelled the landscape and carved the Gorge ever deeper. Later, rivers formed by the melt waters of the glaciers continued to develop the gorge leaving it largely as we see it today.
The gorge and surrounding area is extremely popular with outdoor and wildlife enthusiasts who come here for an inexhaustible range of activities from hiking, kayaking, rafting, paragliding and fishing to climbing and bungee jumping. Keep a watchful eye and there is a very high chance you’ll spot one of the areas Griffon Vultures. These huge birds can invariably be seen soaring the thermal currents close to the high cliffs.