Vinon-sur-Verdon is a quiet village, located at the confluence of the Verdon and the Durance. This one occupies a strategic place for who wants to discover the Gorges du Verdon. In addition, it is at the crossroads of the four departments of the region. Var, Bouches-du-Rhône, Alpes de Haute Provence and Vaucluse, all are easily accessible from Vinon.
The old town stands on a rocky peak overlooking the left bank of the Verdon. And from the top of the village, a superb panorama awaits you …
What to do in Vinon
Apart from its proximity to the Gorges du Verdon and the whole Natural Park, there is a lot to do in Vinon-sur-Verdon. Hiking, outdoor sports, white water sports, climbing, caving, gliding… You’re not going to get bored!
As far as hiking or walking is concerned, you will find famous paths starting from Vinon, such as the GR 4 and the GR 99. By the day or in a few days, discover the wild nature of the Verdon during a loop on the paths, then return to Vinon to recharge your batteries in the evening.
But if there is one activity not to be missed in Vinon, it is of course gliding. Indeed, Vinon-sur-Verdon is home to France’s first gliding centre. The aerodrome has three runways and is located at an altitude of 274m. Several aeroclubs share the ground, including the Association Aéronautique Verdon Alpilles. Every year, the AAVA gliders excel in competitions all over the world. They also organise training courses at Vinon, as well as initiation flights. Contact us to find out more or book this experience directly on our Activities page.
What to see in Vinon?
You will have the opportunity to discover vestiges of the medieval past during your visit to Vinon-sur-Verdon. Between the ruins of the feudal castle, the 17th century Clock Tower, and the two washhouses, you will enjoy a pleasant stroll through the pleasant streets of the village.
The Moulin de Saint-André, located on the banks of the Verdon, is truly a place not to be missed. It has been very well restored and now houses both a performance hall and a group accommodation. Le Moulin hosts concerts, theater and cinema. What could be better than enjoying a little culture and stimulating your spirit after a busy day in the Verdon?
Right next to the Mill, you will also see the famous bridge of August 15, 1944, also called Pont du Verdon. It crosses the Verdon and offers us a very beautiful view of the town and the river. The town completed its construction in 1780, and its design will delight lovers of such works.
During your walk in the town, try to go to the rue des Marseillaises and the rue des Fours, and you will discover superb 17th and 18th century houses. Then take a break on the courtyard shaded by the plane trees planted by the shepherds of Arles during this same period. You will enjoy its freshness even at the height of summer.
Finally, the church of Saint-Sauveur, located in the center of the village, is also worth a visit. It dates from the 12th century and has dominated the village ever since. The main restoration of the church took place in 1854, and there are paintings and beautiful stained glass windows.
The best accommodations in Vinon-sur-Verdon
In addition to the very good supply of holiday cottages and rentals, there are four hotels in Vinon. Here are some details on two of them …
Very well located, a stone’s throw from the town center, the Relais des Gorges is a very good choice. In addition to its comfortable rooms, the hotel has an excellent restaurant, managed by the chef Pascal Bertet. The Relais des Gorges is also classified as a “Logis Hotels”.
A little further, the Auberge de la Table Ronde welcomes you in a very nice location. Family, it has six well-equipped rooms. Its restaurant is also famous in the surrounding area. Its delicious cuisine uses local products very wisely.
Finally, you will also have the possibility of staying in a very good campsite in Vinon. Camping Municipal du Verdon is classified two stars and enjoys a very good location close to the river, on a pretty shaded site. It will delight lovers of peace and quiet. Many activities and sports grounds are nearby. And for children, you will find a dedicated playground with swings, slides, and even a zip line! They will be able to play freely in a magnificent meadow by the river.
Do not hesitate to consult our Accommodations page for more information. We can help you organize your stay and even book your accommodation for you. You will then benefit from our preferential rates.