The Gorges du Verdon are a splendor of nature where the fauna and flora are lovingly protected. For this reason, in the Basses Gorges and around its lakes, it is not possible to survey the limestone cliffs on foot everywhere. In addition, municipal decrees regulate access to certain areas and make access to this information complicated. However, to discover the lake of Esparron-de-Verdon and its surroundings in complete freedom, there is an unfailing means: the Pedal boat! As a couple, with friends or family, this means of transport is the guarantee of having fun and swimming wherever you want in this splendid setting, while working out.
Where to go pedaling around Verdon of Esparron?
The lake of Esparron-de-Verdon is called “the Pearl of the Verdon“. In this protected area, visitor comfort and wild nature have managed to find a beautiful balance. Since motorized boats are not allowed on the lake, the pedal boat is the best way to navigate on the turquoise waters.
The lake of Esparron-de-Verdon and its beaches by pedal boat
There is a path that runs along the left bank of the lake of Esparron-de-Verdon: the path of the Garde-Canal . It is interesting to take this path to have a nice view of the lake in low angle. However, it will not lead you to all the small creeks hidden between the limestone cliffs. A pedal boat will not only allow you to observe this fabulous nature up close, but also to swim where and when you want.
The wild peninsula of Quartier
Also called Île du Barbu, this piece of virgin land will transform you into Robinson Crusoe. Only accessible by boat, it is a little corner of paradise. Its creeks, its meadows and the shade of its oaks, cades and olive trees are a concentrate of the Verdon Gorges. From its beaches, you can admire the pretty Provençal village of Esparron-de-Verdon perched above the lake.
Explore the lower gorges by pedal boat
If the ascent of the Basses Gorges to Quinson requires the rental of an electric boat , you can still explore part of it by pedal boat. The most accomplished sportsmen will be able to get closer to the striking beauty of this small canyon. The corners of the cliffs hide small treasures of wild nature. You will also discover, all along the Basses Gorges, mysterious caves, each with its own history or mystery.
Pedal boating in Esparron-de-Verdon, an activity for the whole family
With its 4 seats, the pedal boating in Esparron-de-Verdon allows you to spend a pleasant moment with family or friends. If the desires sometimes diverge when you are in a group, the pedal boating in Esparron-de-Verdon puts everyone at agreement! Indeed, it allows you to isolate yourself in the middle of the lake for a quiet swim or to mingle with holidaymakers near the beaches. Those who need to work out pedal while the others enjoy a sunny lazy day. Last but not least, the pedal boating of the Perle du Verdon have a special feature: a slide! If we first think that it will delight the children, it is sure that much older people will have fun with it. The boats have a swim ladder for easy re-boarding.
What should you bring on the pedal boat?
At the pier, the rental provider will give you all the instructions necessary for your safety and respect for the premises. However, to ensure that this activity remains a very good memory, here are some tips. Life jackets are provided on request but not required for pedal boat rental. Remember that life jackets do not protect you from the sun! In Provence, sunshine breaks records: 300 days a year. In addition, in summer, the mercury very regularly crosses the bar of 30 degrees. So it is better to take this parameter into account! A regular dive (from your boat) in the lake will protect you from heat stroke, but not from sunburn. So remember to bring adequate sun protection: sun cream adapted to the sensitivity of your skin, cap, t-shirt and sunglasses.
If you want to spend a good part of the day there, remember to bring your picnic and especially water. You will feel even more free to go wherever you want!
What are the rules to follow on a pedal boat?
It is important that everyone takes care to protect this incredible space and the nature that makes it up. Indeed, it depends on all of us that the visit of this place remains an incredible and beautiful experience. Also, when you go on a pedal boat trip, remember to bring a garbage bag to dispose of your waste. This is even more important if you are bringing a picnic lunch or drinks. Please know that the lake is a drinking water reserve, help us to protect it, do not throw anything in the water.
It is also important to know that in the lower gorges, it is forbidden to land in order to protect certain species present. Therefore it is also forbidden to jump or dive from the riverbanks. Be sure to follow the instructions on this point that will be given to you at the time of rental.
Finally, on the water, courtesy and respect for the direction of traffic are required so that everyone can have a good time!