The village of Castellane has it’s roots dating back as far as the ninth century and is charged with history. Castellane currently has a population of just under 1,600 inhabitants.
Many monuments and museums adorn the village – The pentagonal tower, Napoleon’s bridge, the ramparts from the middle ages, the museum of pre-history, the war museum and, of course, the pride of Castellane, the chapel of ‘Notre Dame du Roc’ (Our Lady of the Rock) all bear witness to the village’s rich heritage.
The chapel is built on it’s ‘rock’ (a gigantic 184 meter high limestone cliff) and can be reached on foot - a 30 minute walk which is well rewarded by a staggering panorama of the village and valley of Castellane.
In addition to it’s own cultural wealth Castellane also benefits from being at the centre of a whole region of exceptional natural beauty. Situated in the middle of both the Verdon regional park and the Natural geological reserve of Haut-Provence, you can’t be better placed to admire the outstanding beauty of this highly diverse area with it’s mountains, forests, rivers and the unique ‘Gorges du Verdon’. Decompress with the stunning tranquility of the shores of Lake St Croix or Lake Castillon.
At the gates of the Mercantour naturel park, discover the myriad of alpine paths as well as its magnificent landscapes such as Lake Allos.
Mid-way between the Alps and the Mediterranean , you’re close to the Côte d’Azur and Nice (1h30), Cannes (1h30), Monaco (2h15), St Tropez (1h30) and the beautiful town of Grasse (1h00).À mi-chemin entre Alpes et Méditerranée, vous êtes à proximité de la Côte d’Azur et de Nice (1h30), Cannes (1h30), Monaco (2h15), St Tropez (1h30) ou encore Grasse (1h00).