Cascade de Sillans is a stunning waterfall that is situated close to the Gorges de Verdon in the South of France. It's around 1 hour 15 mins from either Marseille or Aix en Provence by car to the cascade.
The waterfall is found in the town of "Sillan-la-Cascade", which was named after the waterfall.
The waterfall comes from the river "La Bresque" which falls down over 44 meters (144 feet) to the beautiful pool. Apparently the Cascade de Sillans is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in France and is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Var region of France.
My advice? Don't go in the height of Summer as I imagine it gets super busy. Take good walking shoes that you don't mind getting wet. Remember to pack food & water to enjoy a picnic there. Take swimming clothes & towels as the water is hard to resist. And be careful. It can be dangerous.
Walking to Cascade de Sillans
The walk down to the viewing deck of the Cascade de Sillans was quite difficult. I didn't research before hand where to park or which route to take. We kind of winged it, meaning we didn't take the official path (not that there was much of one).
We basically found the stream and followed it, which meant that we had to go back on ourselves several times, until we found the right path. However, in taking the wrong path, we stumbled upon this fantastic view over the tree tops. I didn't feel like I was in France at all, but rather somewhere more tropical.
Along the walk next to the stream, we had lovely views of the green leaves next to the bright clear waters...
At the viewing deck of the Cascade de Sillans
Walking down to the bottom of the Cascade de Sillans
Once we were on the right path, it was quite an easy walk to the viewing deck. The waterfall was stunning and was more beautiful that I had anticipated.
The colours of the green foliage next to the bright blue water was incredible. Again, I didn't feel like I was in France but maybe somewhere in South East Asia.
Once we arrived (all sweaty & hot!!) we saw people swimming in the waters below and decided we couldn't leave without a quick dip. The water looked so fresh and inviting, so we headed down...
Finally at the bottom of the Cascade de Sillans
There were signs everywhere saying not to walk down to the bottom, and to not swim in the water, but we went any way. We decided that lots of people must do it, so it will be fine.
To be honest, it was a little dangerous as it was quite a steep hill. Then at the bottom there were lots of 'pools' of water and trees to cross over or under. At one point, we saw some water snakes sliding around!!
The views were gorgeous and it would be a great place to come with a picnic and sit under the trees next to your own private pool area and spend the day relaxing.
Finally after getting lost in the heat, then walking down a steep hill, stepping over and under trees, we reached the bottom of the waterfall.
I must say, I wanted to turn back several times as it was hot & tiring but I'm glad we continued. The water was lovely and refreshing. There was a rock to stand on in the middle. And I really enjoyed putting my head under the running water as it felt like a head massage. (Although my brother told me afterwards that it could be dangerous as that's where rocks would fall - I didn't even think of that!)
So yeah, if you fancy a bit of adventure & exploration when visiting Provence, head here for a swim in a beautiful waterfall...