A gem nestled in the mountains
The journey begins in Castellane, a beautiful French town located on the banks of the river Verdon. We get there from Nice, taking the N85, or Route Napoleon, so-called because it was travelled by Napoleon himself in 1815, on his return from Elba. The mountains protect and shield this little world, seemingly lost in time. It is one to be explored at a leisurely pace, as we delve into the muddle of ancient and narrow streets that lead to Place Marcel Sauvaire, the beating heart of the town. Dominating the scene is the Chapelle Notre Dame du Roc, located at the end of a track that climbs the side of a mountain. Other wonders that make Castellane such a special place include the clock gate and pentagonal tower. It is possible to walk along its walls, admiring the houses and rooftops of Castellane, taking in the entire town with just one gaze.
Now it’s time to fill up and get back in the saddle. The right bank of the Verdon is waiting to be discovered.