I’ve written a lot about the beautiful places we’ve visited on a few trips to France’s stunning Provence region. One of the must go-to spots is its own “Grand Canyon” – Gorges du Verdon (you can see my earlier post.)

Lac de Ste-Croix, France / Kimberly Sullivan

Two summers ago, we made a return visit to this impressive canyon, and since it was a sizzling day, we were happy to once again visit the huge reservoir of the Lac de Ste-Croix for a refreshing dip in its turquoise blue waters.

The River Verdon cuts dramatically through the deep, limestone gorges, and spills into the enormous Lac de Ste-Croix.

We’d been swimming there before, and it can grow quite crowded during hot summer days, but if you walk a way from the car parks, it becomes more manageable. And we had spent the day exploring under the hot provencal sun, and the cool waters of the lake that day were particularly refreshing.

Lac de Ste-Croix, France / Kimberly Sullivan

The last time we visited, the kids had only started to swim, whereas this time they could tackle the width of that bright blue lake on their own.

In other areas of the lake, there are groups of kayakers and rafters, but this was a short interlude for us before going to visit then breathtaking cliff town of Moustiers-Ste-Marie. Somehow, we missed this on earlier trips, but were thrilled to have made up for our mistake on this visit. I’ll write about this in my next post.

Don’t miss out on a dip in these refreshing waters, if your next visit to Provence takes you to the Gorges du Verdon.

Lac de Ste-Croix, France / Kimberly Sullivan
Lac de Ste-Croix, France / Kimberly Sullivan
Lac de Ste-Croix, France / Kimberly Sullivan