La Farigoulette, a 5-star campsite in the Verdon river valley
The La Farigoulette campsite is located on the banks of the Lac de Saint Laurent du Verdon, downstream of the Lac de Sainte Croix (a man-made lake), in the Alpes de Haute Provence département. This 5-star campsite, a member of the Ciela Village group, is one of the most top-of-the-range open-air hotels of the Gorges du Verdon (Verdon gorges) area.
Ours is a campsite where your dip your toes in the water by the Verdon river.
The La Farigoulette campsite enjoys a location which could not be more idyllic. The campsite, which stretches over several hectares of a verdant pine forest in the commune of Saint Laurent du Verdon, indeed runs alongside the lake of the same name. The latter is an artificial lake created following the impounding of the Barrage de Quinson (Quinson dam), itself located on the Verdon river course. The Lac de Sainte Croix (a man-made lake) is amongst the largest lakes in France and the gateway to the famous Gorges du Verdon, which is a few kilometres upstream of the campsite.
Delightfully wooded and well-maintained, the estate on which the 5-star Saint Laurent du Verdon campsite is located has a total of 265 plots. Amongst the latter, 127 are these days occupied by holiday-hire accommodation, the rest being intended to house campers and their tent, caravan or camper. The latter plots enjoy an area which, in some cases, can go up to 120 m² and all are equipped with a 5-amp electrical connection. Moreover, plots in the Grand Confort (“High Comfort”) range are equipped both with a water point and waste-water system.
This holiday-hire accommodation takes the form of mobile homes and furnished tents. Amongst the most top-of-the-range holiday-hire at the La Farigoulette campsite, there are the entirely new cottages, Ciela Prestige. These have an area ranging from 35 m² (with 2 bedrooms) to 38 m² (with 3 bedrooms). Moreover they have reversible air conditioning, as well as a television. The furnished tents belong to three different ranges: the Safari Woody 40 of 25 m², the Safari Woody 60 being 45 m², and lastly the Safari Lodge Mezzanine 80 having an area of 60 m². Comfortable and well-equipped, these tents place you at one with nature, enabling those who wish to, the chance to have a glamping stay, a stone’s throw from the Gorges du Verdon!
Aquatic park and water sports centre
Holidaymakers who come to spend several days or weeks on this Verdon river valley campsite enjoy a multitude of services. For example, on-site there is a grocery/bakery, enabling you to buy your bread and sweet breads and buns such as brioches, croissants and pains au chocolat, but also local produce and essentials. The establishment also has a bar/restaurant/snack bar, launderette and Wi-Fi coverage across the whole of the site.
Amongst the leisure facilities on the site, note the delightful aquatic park on the premises. This consists of a heated swimming pool and children’s splashpad. Around the pool, the solaria have a multitude of sunbeds and other parasols for lovers of idleness. During the campsite season, aquaerobics sessions are run in the swimming pool every morning.
Other activities and entertainment are organised every morning on the campsite during the high season. Water polo tournaments in the swimming pool, beach volleyball matches, football matches, badminton and other sports, thus punctuate holidaymakers’ days. As for the younger ones, they can join the children’s club where many and varied workshops and games are offered to them, depending upon their age.
Located by the Lac du Verdon, La Farigoulette moreover has a natural beach, as well as an actual water sports centre. The latter makes canoes, kayaks, stand up paddle boards and pedalos, but also small electric boats, available to holidaymakers. Upon going out of the campsite, you can then have fun on the lake or even venture into the superb Gorges de Baudinard (Baudinard gorges).
Discovering the Alpes de Haute Provence département
Staying at the La Farigoulette campsite, is a unique opportunity to go out and discover the département’s fabulous treasures. Amongst the latter, the Gorges du Verdon canyon is most certainly the département’s most frequented tourist site. The river’s water, with its unique and exceptional colour, leaves nobody visiting here unmoved.
Numerous tourists discover this canyon by canoe, kayak, pedalo or indeed by stand up paddle boarding. Others prefer to explore it by hiking. Several paths enable inquisitive holidaymakers, and walkers generally, to reach panoramic viewpoints where there are numerous sublime views on offer to them.
The Gorges de Baudinard, which are also hollowed out by the Verdon river and located downstream of the campsite, are equally exceptional. A hiking path, running alongside the water course, cut out of the cliffs, enables you to discover a multitude of caves.
A panoramic road, which is 23 kilometres long, winds through the crests of the so-called “grand canyon”. Here and there, visitors can stop and admire the view on offer, sometimes with a nearly 700 metres sheer drop below them!
Close to the La Farigoulette campsite, it is also possible to visit Castellane, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie or even indeed Valensole. These are some of the most beautiful villages in France! It is also worth noting that the Musée de la Prehistoire des Gorges du Verdon (a museum with archeological artefacts and prehistoric exhibits) is in Quinson, a few minutes by road from the Saint-Laurent du Verdon commune.