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The city of Castellane in the Alpes-de-Haute Provence department

The city of Castellane is located between Draguinan (60 km) and Digne (55 km) by route D955. Between Grasse (60 km) and Digne by the Napoleonic Way.

The city of Castellane in the Alpes-de-Haute Provence region

Castellane is located in a privileged site, right at the doorway of the Verdon Canyon. Tourists are coming here both for the commercial activity and the large choice of excursions and sports offered by the old city. Sports of all kinds are available including air and water sports, climbing and hiking, no matter the level of difficulty.

The city of Castellane in the Alpes-de-Haute Provence region

A beautiful fountain in Castellane.

Downtown Castellane is focused around the Marcel Sauvaire square (picture above), which is the center of local activity. Strolling about one can discover narrow streets, (some of which are pedestrian), leading to shops and other more mysterious places.

The whole town can be admired from the top of Notre-Dame du Roc. (See post: http://arras-france.com/notre-dame-du-roc-in-castellane-city/)

One reaches this chapel after walking along what remains of the 14th century walls of the city. There is also a beautiful view of the ramparts, the Napoleon Bridge and the Verdon Canyon.

Historical sites to see:

– Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions
– Hiking paths marked by the Tourist Office
– Chapel Notre-Dame du Roc
– The ruins of Petra Castellana
– Saint Victor’s Church
– The ramparts and the Pentagonal Tower


Leisure activities:

3 heated swimming pools, horse riding, hiking, golf (Castle of Taulanne), kayaking, rafting, hydrospeeding, canyoning and climbing in the Verdon, sailing, canoeing, windsurfing on the Lake of Castillon, river fishing, mountain biking, paragliding etc.

Neighbouring villages:

La Garde (6 km)
Blieux (15 km)
Demandolx (8 km)

The city of Castellane in the Alpes-de-Haute Provence region

A typical souvenirs shop.

The city of Castellane in the Alpes-de-Haute Provence region

The famous museum of Castellane called the “Museum Mermaids & Fossils”

It presents the history and geology of the Verdon.

The city of Castellane in the Alpes-de-Haute Provence region

The city of Castellane in the Alpes-de-Haute Provence region

View of Castellane from Notre-Dame du roc church.

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