Paragliding around the Gorges du Verdon: our best spots

Digne les bains

Why not take to the skies to admire the Verdon landscapes from above? In this article, discover the best paragliding activities around the Gorges du Verdon!

Europe’s largest canyon is to be found in the south of France… the Gorges du Verdon, famous for their turquoise waters and wild landscapes! A veritable playground for outdoor sports enthusiasts, who love to discover the natural heritage through hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, rafting, canyoning, climbing… and, of course, paragliding!

Flying over the region means discovering some of France’s most beautiful landscapes from a completely different point of view. And all in a silence disturbed only by the sound of the air on your wing.

In this article, we present the best spots for paragliding around the Gorges du Verdon!

The best activity: take to the skies over Barrême

Parapente Gorges du Verdon

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  • 💰 From €85 per person, available from March to November
  • 👍 The best part? The discovery of a wide variety of landscapes, allowing you to capture all the beauty of the region!

Would you like to fly over typical Provencal landscapes? See what a lavender field looks like from above? To touch the emblematic peaks of the Verdon? Then this paragliding activity is for you!

During your first flight, you’ll admire Digne-les-Bains and the surrounding countryside. Mountain villages, valleys, peaks, lakes… Let the wind carry you!

Information you need to know

When you book this paragliding activity around the Gorges du Verdon, you can choose between three packages:

  • 10-20 minutes paragliding flight for 85 €;
  • 20-30 minutes paragliding flight for 110 €;
  • a 45-minute paragliding flight for €160.

Whichever formula you choose, you’ll be flying in tandem. A qualified instructor will be behind you in the harness of the paraglider to accompany you for the duration of the flight. Please note that paragliding flights may be cancelled in the event of unfavorable weather conditions. In this case, the activity will be postponed.

But who can take up paragliding around the Gorges du Verdon? The activity is accessible to people weighing up to 80 kilos. Those weighing between 80 and 95 kilos will only be able to access the third formula (45 minutes). Minors aged 4 and over can take a first flight, subject to parental authorization. However, people with reduced mobility (PRM) cannot take part in the activity, as our instructors are not certified in handisport.

Additional options are also available:

  • if you want to set your memories in stone, you can request a photo or video report on site. This will cost an additional €40 (€30 if you bring your own mini SD card);
  • Would you like to do the activity with your partner at the same time? You can do so by booking simultaneously on the website.

The course of the activity

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Meet your instructor at the base. He takes you by 4×4 to the launch site and prepares the equipment before your very eyes. Ground glider, lines, harness… You’re there for the whole preparation process. Your instructor explains everything you need to know. After the briefing, he finally equips you.

It’s time to take off… Don’t panic, for your first flight you’ll be flying in tandem: your instructor is right behind you! Within seconds of starting your run, you’re several meters off the ground. Before you know it, a splendid landscape unfolds before your eyes.

Paragliding offers a smooth, silent ride… Depending on the package you choose, the activity lasts between 10 and 45 minutes. During the flight, your instructor can show you the points of interest you’ll be flying over. Don’t hesitate to ask questions: he’ll be delighted to share his passion with you!

You’ve got to come back down to earth at some point… Don’t worry, the landing goes very smoothly. Your paragliding flight around the Gorges du Verdon is over, but you’ll take home unique memories of the Provencal panoramas!

Which duration to choose?

Three options are available for your first flight around the Gorges du Verdon.

The first option costs €85 and lasts between 10 and 20 minutes. It takes you over Digne-les-Bains, the capital of lavender, followed by three of the region’s most emblematic valleys. The Duyes valley, devoted to agriculture, the Bléone valley, dotted with charming mountain villages, and finally the Asse valley, famous for its lavender fields and olive groves.

The second option costs €110 and takes between 20 and 30 minutes. It not only gives you a better view of Digne-les-Bains and the three valleys, but also offers marvellous panoramic views of the surrounding vineyards and lavender fields. A real plunge into the soul of Provence!

Finally, the third option costs €160 and lasts around 45 minutes. In addition to the landscapes covered in the previous two packages, you can admire the Cheval Blanc mountain (2,323 meters above sea level) and the Couard peak (1,988 meters above sea level) from the air. Finally, you’ll fly over the turquoise waters of Lac de Castillon… A pure wonder! This is the best option for those who want to make the most of their paragliding flight around the Gorges du Verdon.

The alternative: flying to La Roque-Esclapon

Parapente Gorges du Verdon

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  • 💰 From €85 per person
  • 👍 The best part? Admire the Var’s magnificent landscapes from the sky!

Take off from La Roque-Esclapon for an unforgettable paragliding flight! This activity lets you admire the landscapes of the Var from the air… In addition to the magnificent panorama, you’ll have the chance to observe such grandiose landscapes as the Gorges du Verdon, the Sainte-Baume massif and numerous Var villages! All under the supervision of a qualified and passionate instructor, who will accompany you throughout your flight.

As with the previous activity, three formulas are available: a 10-20 minute flight for €85, a 20-30 minute flight for €110 and a flight lasting around 45 minutes for €160. You can also book the activity as a gift voucher. Your loved one will then have a year to choose a date! An original gift idea that will appeal to all thrill-seekers.

This paragliding flight is open to anyone over the age of 4 and weighing less than 95 kilos. Please note that minors must bring parental authorization.

Another alternative: a first flight in a microlight

If you’d like to discover the magnificent Verdon countryside from the air, you can also opt for a first flight in a microlight. This alternative will allow you to fly over the Verdon valley, discovering picturesque villages surrounded by lavender fields of rare beauty!

Paragliding around the Gorges du Verdon: our tips

To ensure the success of your paragliding flight in the Gorges du Verdon, it is best to take note of the following information:

  • Paragliding flights are subject to age and weight restrictions. Be sure to check with the center before booking the activity. This information is generally available online;
  • Otherwise, paragliding is a very accessible activity. It requires no medical certificate, no specific physical condition and no sensation of vertigo. Instructors certified for disabled sports can even accompany people with reduced mobility;
  • On the big day, wear casual clothes and closed-toe sports shoes;
  • Don’t hesitate to communicate any fears or weaknesses you may have to your instructor. He’ll be able to reassure you and adapt the flight to your needs;
  • Finally, remember that paragliding is a sport that is highly dependent on weather conditions. In the event of rain, wind or storm, your flight may be cancelled! If you can, choose a date at the beginning of your vacation so that you can postpone the activity.

And of course, don’t forget the most important thing of all: enjoy yourself! Paragliding offers a truly timeless vacation…