Tourism in Castellane in the Verdon
Castellane is the gateway to the Gorges du Verdon and borders Lake Castillon, one of the most impressive in the Verdon Valley. This is nature at its most beautiful, from the chaos of the Gorges to the French Pre-Alps, this area is home to a magnificent lake nestled in the hollow of a majestic environment. A medieval town, originally built on the famous ‘Roc’ that overhangs it, Castellane has managed to preserve its cultural and architectural heritage. Stroll through the narrow back streets and discover the local craft shops. You can enjoy the bracing mountain air of the French Alps and the laid-back atmosphere of Provence…
During your stay in Castellane, you will not have time to get bored, that’s for sure! You can enjoy a wide range of activities of all kinds for both children and parents!
Castellane, medieval town in the Verdon
Originally perched 900 metres high on the summit of the Roc to protect itself from invasions, it wasn’t until the late Middle Ages that the inhabitants of Castellane moved down into the lower town at the foot of this natural panoramic viewpoint. At the summit of this striking peak, the chapel of Notre-Dame-du-Roc dominates this small town. Although the ramparts and thirteen of its towers have disappeared, the Pentagonale Tower is still standing. The stone bridge, called the Pont du Roc, which, for a long time, was the only strategic point for crossing the Verdon, has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. The original bridge dates back to Roman times.
The pretty little town of Castellane has managed to attract many artisans who open their doors creating beautiful aromas as you stroll through Provence. A soap factory, a perfumer, a honey-maker, you are on the ‘Lavender Route’… A potter and glass-blower will show you their craft. Finally, a little outing to the Citroën Museum will delight old car enthusiasts.
Nature and Heritage House of Castellane
If you want to learn more about the beautiful region of the Verdon during your holiday, visit the Nature and Heritage House in the village. On the schedule: an exhibit on marine mammals, a store and on-site activities, including outdoor excursions with a guide.
Want to go for a walk with your family?
The Siréniens Trail is ideal for a short hike with children. During this 1h30 hike, 4 km round trip starting from Col des Lèques, you will reach a geological site with 40-million-year-old fossils and bones of sea cows. A fun activity that kids will love!
During your stay, enjoy the water with your family!
Around Castellane, you will find many lakes and bodies of water where you can swim and cool off during your trip.
The Lake of Chaudanne 3 km from Castellane, with turquoise water surrounded by limestone cliffs, will amaze you.
5 km from Castellane, the Lake of Castillon is the perfect place for swimming and water sports.