"A typical great village in Provence" Le Castellet by vinc_bilb

Le Castellet Travel Guide: 9 reviews and 22 photos

Why a village on a rocky outcrop ?

Le Castellet (middle age village) is situated in the department of Var in the (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region). It is located on a rocky outcrop between Toulon and Marseilles, closed from the Mediterranean Sea.
It is surrounded by vineyards and is part of the Côtes de Provence vine.
Also known by the previously Circuit Paul Ricard, on the same commune.

Water was and is key in Provence and it could be surprizing why building a village on the top of a rocky outcrop. The reason was to prevent peoples from current attacks from pirates (razias) during the middle age. Original roman village was located in the plain.

Here are my family roots

So, now it's more a tourist spot than a real village. Anyway, it's a great time to spend 1/2 day for visiting this small middle age location :
- local and old arhitecture
- shoping (local provencal arts and crafts)
- restaurants
- private galeries and painting
...
My family (my father side) is coming from here (6 generations).

I recommend a tour here, avoid july and august periods and week-ends. Best is april-may or september - october

Some suggestions

- External parking are mandatory and don't try to drive inside the village (not authorized and the streets are very narrow)
- No way to be lost here, village is verry small

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:1/2 day of middle age immersion, great, charming, shoping
  • Cons:Crowded, no more a village
  • Last visit to Le Castellet: May 2008
  • Intro Updated May 20, 2008
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  • KiKitC's Profile Photo
    Nov 19, 2009 at 3:47 AM

    Maybe not a RedRover trip, but would love to have a camera tour. Thaks for the wonderful tips and the birthday wishes!

  • timada's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2008 at 4:31 AM

    That ' s a fairy tail village : nice and peaceful ! Like very much your photos .

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2008 at 5:05 AM

    This little hilltop village looks fascinating. Being there for F1s would have been a real bonus! :)

  • myriam_c's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2008 at 5:01 AM

    Informative page. Will be in that neighbourhood next week and may visit again.

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