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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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  • Alongside the excellent equipment, lessons, food and accommodation, the thing that brings me back year on year is the atmosphere, as made by the people who go to UCPA.
    Elliot B
  • I wish I had discovered UCPA earlier. 
    Oliver P
  • 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
  • The food is great and there is tons of it from breakfast, lunch, snack time (after your day on the slopes) and dinner in the evening. My favourite meal this year was on the Thursday evening when it was...
    Peter E
  • 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
  • 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
  • Action Outdoors set up a personal group page and as a group leader, I did’t have to worry about taking everyone’s payments. Each group member is responsible to pay their own way through the group page directly to Action Outdoors. Win!
    Asim A
  • UCPA is a unique and brilliant experience, I would not describe it as a hotel but also not hostel it is somewhere in-between. Its a place where meeting people and making friends...
    Peter E