Castellane porte des Gorges du Verdon

Castellane gateway to the Gorges du Verdon

At the entrance to the Gorges du Verdon, Castellane is dominated by the Roc, an imposing limestone cliff. A privileged village for nature sports, this Provencal town combines its tourist vocation with the riches of its past and its extraordinary geological heritage.

Terrasse authentique à Castellane
Sur les toits de Castellane

Alpine freshness

and Provencal sweetness

With its crown of mountains, Castellane already has its head in the Alps. Once protected by fourteen towers, it boasts a rich heritage. Discover the Porte de l’Annonciade, the clock tower and the
église Saint-Victor
continue past theSacré-Coeurchurch to the
Roc bridge
. Then take a seat on a terrace in one of the little squares, to enjoy the lively atmosphere of this city of character. Prefer a little peace and quiet? Choose the
pentagonal tower
and its terraced gardens. Beyond the village rooftops, the panorama opens out onto the entrance to the Verdon Gorge.


The Roc, Castellane's landmark

It’s hard not to be impressed by the Roc, the 184-metre-high rocky peak that dominates the village. A short 40-minute climb to the summit, and children can even ring the bell
Notre-Dame du Roc chapel
(but not too much…). In summer, you’ll appreciate the cool interior and water feature. You’ll see the statue of the Virgin Mary, struck by lightning around 1970, and to the side the remains of the medieval town,
Petra Castellana
. Above all, you’ll enjoy a 360° view!

You’ve made up your mind to take on the Roc with your little one: don’t skip the baby carrier stage, or you’ll be on a real crossroads!

Did you know?

Both within the perimeter of the
Parc Naturel Régional du Verdon
and the
Haute-Provence Geological Reserve
Castellane is home to a wealth of natural treasures. Valley of the Sirens, for example. Does it intrigue you? Head for the
Maison Nature et Patrimoines
to find out all about the marine mammals that lived in the region 40 million years ago and are said to be the origin of the mermaid myth.

3 good reasons to discover Castellane


A lively village, it’s “The” base camp for whitewater enthusiasts who come to test their skills in the Gorges du Verdon.


a rich history, from prehistoric remains to medieval buildings.


along the Route Napoléon, part of the route linking Golfe-Juan to Grenoble.

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Castellane and surroundings