The three deepest and most beautiful canyons of Europe
May 26, 2016
1. Gorge du Verdon, France
Turquoise-green is the water of the river Verdon that flows through the 25km long canyon in the south of France. This turquoise-green water ends up in a large lake called Lac de Sainte-Croix. The walls of Gorde du Verdon exist out of limestone rocks and are up to 700 meters high. From Lac de Sainte-Croix, you can drive through a part of the canyon up to a 1000 years old village called Castellane. On your way you will find many campings located at the river in the middle of this gorge. A less known and more quiet road lies on the other side, the south side, of the gorge. This road brings you up to some spectacular views as well.
I have known this place for many years; when I was little, we spend our summer holidays in the Provence, just like many other tourists. But don't worry: the lake is big so plenty of space to find a quiet spot to enjoy the sun. The best point of view to see the gorge is from the water, so rent a canoe or an electric boat!
2. Vikos Gorge, Greece
I have already wrote a blog about Vikos Gorge before. It is my secret love I guess... A canyon of 20 kilometers long and up to 1.600 meters deep, located in northern Greece. The river that runs true it, has crystal clear, green-blue water and can start to roar loudly during winter- en springtime. The canyon lies in the middle of Zagori, a beautiful mountain region just south from the borders of Albania. Here you can find 44 villages with traditional stone houses. In between the villages there are old mountain roads and traditional arched stone bridges. In the 1950s modern roads were opened but the old roads are still there and mainly used as hike paths. One of these roads goes right into the gorge, all the way to the other side. A beautiful hike route with villages on the borders of the gorge, where you can eat delicious traditional food and find guesthouses to spend the night.
3. Tara River Canyon, Montenegro (and Bosnia and Herzegovina)
A canyon of over 82 kilometers long, at its deepest 1.300 meters high and with the river Tara splitting it op in two. This canyon is the only one of the three deepest canyons of Europe, that is raft-able. It is THE PLACE TO BE for rafting-lovers. The water of the river Tara is crystal clear, has an emerald blue colour and is pure drinkable. That is why it has his nickname 'the tear of Europe'. Since 1977 the Tara River Canyon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is also a part of the list of 25 world’s most valuable heritage sights. The nature is rare, wild, untouched and you can find many different types of herbs here as well.
The Tara River Canyon is the only canyon in this top three that I haven't seen yet, but it is definitely on my bucket list. Which one have you seen already? And did you like it?