Nestled in a magnificent green setting, the village of Sillans-la-Cascade is located on the edge of the Verdon Natural Park, twenty minutes south of Lake Sainte-Croix. It is a village perched like only in Provence, and it is very pleasant to visit. But it is above all, the village is famous for its magnificent 42 m waterfall. Go to the cool forest, discover the lagoon created by the waterfall, and swim in turquoise water! The access route to the waterfall is about 25 minutes by foot. In high season, swimming in the main basin under the waterfall is prohibited: it is possible to swim further downstream.
Some ideas of activities to do in the Verdon during your hike
Here are some ideas of activities to book before or after your hike in Sillans-la-Cascade.
– Book a guide for the Imbut Trail
– Book a guide for the Martel White Trail
– Enjoy an evening of astronomy on the shores of Lake St. Croix and sleep on site
– Watch the film Verdon Secret in 3D on a giant screen
The arrival in Sillans-la-Cascade…
To reach Sillans, we start by sinking into an ocean of greenery. Then, we can see the fortified enclosure and the defensive towers of the village. Then, we enter for some time in the village, which shelters pretty alleys, squares, art galleries, restaurants…
Finally, we go down to the river, below. Hidden in the heart of the forest, the superb waterfall and the lagoon that escapes from it create a magical setting and perfect freshness even in the heart of summer.
The Sillans waterfall
First, you can reach the starting point of the trail on foot or by car. You will find good directions on site. Then, from the car park, we follow a pleasant shaded and very well secured path. It leads us to the belvedere set up near the waterfall in an 800 m walk.
And now all you need to do is admire the spectacle of this perpetual burst of water!
But the important thing to know is that you can access an extraordinary swimming area. Indeed, you can go down along the river by another path and access the magnificent banks and turquoise water. We can also find a second hidden waterfall here… contact us if you want to know more!
To see in the village
A stroll in the center of the village is a must when you come to Sillans-la-Cascade, even if you only think of the freshness that awaits you down there, the waterfall! Here are some of the places not to be missed during your visit.
First of all, you can admire the Castellane castle. It was the Marquis Boniface Hippolite de Castellane who completely rebuilt this magnificent building in the 18th century. It was then acquired by the municipality and renovated. The construction site completed in 2007 now allows an incredible visit!
Then, head towards Saint-Étienne’s church. It dates from the 17th century and has a very nice porch. In addition, its exposed stones are magnificent.
Finally, a walk around the ramparts will take you back to the medieval past of the city. You can admire beautiful towers and battlements dating back to the 11th century.
Where to stay in Sillans-la-Cascade?
To begin with, if you wish to stay in Sillans, there are several options available to you. Indeed, despite the size of this charming village, there are still two hotels, several guest rooms, and a superb campsite.
Camping de la Bresque has a dream location, which will allow you to spend a night on the banks of the Verdon. It has a swimming pool and a 170 m² aquatic area, perfect for a day of rest after spending time in the Verdon! Its grocery store on site will be a real asset for your stay. It offers a wide range of products, including some local specialties. You will also find a bread depot where you can order pizzas!
Hôtel des Pins is open all year round. You will stay in an elegant stone house and enjoy its large terrace. The restaurant’s cuisine is refined and has very Provençal colours. Fresh produce comes mainly from local producers, most of whom work in organic farming, and the quality of the cuisine suffers!
Finally, Le Grand Chêne de Sillans, a little away from the village, also has a very good local restaurant with traditional cuisine. The emphasis is on discovering local products. It is one of the tables in the region not to be missed!
Visit our Accommodations page for more information and to choose online accommodation with Verdon Secret.
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