Lake of St. Croixe is the fourth largest artificial lake of the metropolitan France with its 22 square kilometers. The turquoise lake is considered a fine summer destination, almost as popular as the sea, as there are also several beach areas, where people could spend time in nature and peace. But this is not the only thing you could do here.
To reach the parking place of the lake you need to cross the bridge Pont du Galetas, which divides Alpes de Haute Provence (North Western coast) with Var departments. Stop for a minute here and enjoy the views on both sides: one will show you the unreal beautiful lake, another will open a view to the magnificent gorge, where some people are sailing, others jumping from the rocks (which is actually prohibited). The river flowing under the bridge was Le Verdon, which was connecting the Lake of St. Croixe with Gorge du Verdon.
Near the lake there is a place to rent pedal-boats, sailboats or electric motor-boats (petrol engines are prohibited on the lake) which you can take to sail on the Verdon river and enjoy the magical view.
This river canyon Gorge du Verdon (Verdon Gorge) is often considered to be one of Europe’s most beautiful. It is about 25 km long and up to 700 meters deep. It was formed by the Verdon River, which is named for its startling turquoise-green color. It’s said that the color of the Verdon river is due to fluorine and micro algae in the water.
Sail down the river more and you’ll see a wonderful cascade waterfall from the rocks.
Have you ever been here? If no, then save this location for your next trip when you go to adorable Provance 👌