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Verdon

Situated inland from the Mediterranean coastal ports of Nice and Marseille, the Verdon River cuts hundreds of metres deep into a limestone gorge creating a natural playground and mecca for outdoor enthusiasts - climbers, white water kayakers, walkers, riders plus those that enjoy the adrenaline of canyoning, zip wires and via ferrata’s. It is often considered the most beautiful Gorge in Europe and has been designated a Regional Park due to this. 

The sleepy and historic town of La Palud sur Verdon is where climbers tend to converge due to the range of accommodation options available. Rough camping is strictly forbidden in the park which means that people congregate here bringing the bars alive in the evening with talk of mighty ventures and exposure. 

The UCPA is centrally located within the town and offers a style of accommodation that can best be described as a climbers lodge – clean, simple and welcoming with meals served on a sun trapped terrace and a huge garden criss-crossed with slack lines and hammocks. It is located next to a fantastic café so an après drink is inevitably on the cards too. No matter which activity you take part in you will leave feeling relaxed possibly due to the surrounding lavender fields or the French way of life!


 

 

VERDON HIGHLIGHTS

  • Europe's most beautiful Canyon
  • Endless Lavender Fields
  • Stunning old town
  • Relaxed lifestyle

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  • No matter how hard you try, when you book everything separately (especially with the Euro and price of food at the moment), you will never beat UCPA.
    Anna R
  • The food offers great variety, choice (several options each night), quantity (as much as you want) and quality is decent (7/10). Cheese and yoghurts coming out of your ears, packed lunch option, afternoon...
    Anna R
  • One click and you’ve booked everything. No searching around for lessons, ski-hire etc. And the best thing is you can keep adding people to your group.
    Anna R
  • There is always a range of ages, nationalities, mixtures of solo travellers, couples, groups etc. We have booked as a group of 6, a group of 36 (no joke) and even just me and my boyfriend – it works for all.
    Anna R
  • UCPAs are like an upmarket hostel. However, they are always comfortable and if you want to meet people, the rooms of 4-6 are a great way of doing so. Even better is most of the UCPAs have some twin rooms...
    Anna R
  • Having never used UCPA before I was not sure what to expect but the week I spent there was absolutely fantastic and I genuinely can’t wait to go back.
    Richard J
  • The food offers great variety, choice (several options each night), quantity (as much as you want) and quality is decent.  Cheese and yoghurts coming out of your ears, packed lunch option, afternoon tea and cake and you can drink your own wine at din...
    Anna R
  • I love the system at UCPA where you can go as a group of friends, but still spend a full day out with other people right at your own level. 
    Amelia S