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UCPA Verdon

 

The UCPA centre at Verdon is a small, simple and rustic building providing a much more homely feel to it than the larger Alpine centre's. It is so welcoming and friendly that you will dispute its one star rating. It only sleeps 49 people in dormitories ranging from 3 to 10 people with shared facilities on each floor. It is located in the heart of the village of La Palud sur Verdon, which although not the liveliest, is the local spot where climbers and outdoor enthusiasts come to stay so offers a friendly and relaxed vibe. The centre offers a huge garden and terrace for you to collapse in after your days activities.

Rooms

  • Multishare rooms are 3 - 10 person rooms
  • There are a very limited number of twin rooms however these can only be booked via Verdon UCPA directly. Contact the office for assistance.
  • Bathroom facilities are located on each floor

Dining

The food is served buffet style each day.  Breakfast is yogurts, cereals, fruit juice, coffee and bread - don't be surprised to see that the coffee, tea or hot chocolate is taken French style - in a soup bowl !  

Typically lunch is a DIY picnic made up at breakfast time (great choice of breads, meats, cheeses, pasta, salad, fruit, sweets etc).  

Dinner is a 4 course buffet - typically a salad bar style starter, choice of 3 or 4 main courses - most often including fish, cheese selection, fruit, dessert and ice-cream  freezer.

Any special dietary requirements should be made known to reception staff at check-in.  Generally vegetarians will find a wide enough choice within the buffet.

Entertainment

The UCPA staff lay on a basic entertainment program but most evenings are spent enjoying the evening sun sat chatting on the terrace.

History

UCPA is more than 40 years old, and was originally set-up by the French government to encourage young people to enjoy the outdoors.  It is now a "not for profit" organisation with all profits being put back into refurbishing the centres.

The ethos of sport is still first on the agenda, but the instructors and centre staff don't forget that it is still your holiday.

Useful facts

  • There's plenty of parking on site should you wish to come by car.
  • Take 2 towels - one for sunbathing and one for the shower!
  • Head down to the river and enjoy an afternoon messing around in the turquoise water.

UCPA VERDON FACTS


Central


3 - 10 persons

Twins Available


49

Full board

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Testimonials

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Imagine moules mariniereier, steak (cooked how you like it) and paella just to name a few options during our week and you get a picture of how well fed you will be at UCPA.
    Elliot B
  • There is always such a friendly and open atmosphere and the nights provide a great opportunity to meet new people. Making new friends from all over the world is a virtual certainty and for me personally, this was the...
    Richard J
  • 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
  • I wish I had discovered UCPA earlier. 
    Oliver P