castellane, france

We made it into Castellane at the end of the third day of our French road trip.  We checked into our Airbnb and decided to eat some of the food we had with us (veggie sandwiches, nuts, fruit, etc) instead of going out for dinner and then try to hike up to the Chapel of Notre-Dame du Roc before it got dark.  The small 18th century church sits atop a cliff overlooking Castellane, some 903 meters (~2,900 feet) above the town of about 1,500 people.  We really tried to book it to the top so we weren't hiking up or down in the dark, and even though the lighting looks strange in some of the photos below, it was plenty light on the way up, and we got to watch a good portion of the sunset from the top before Danny got a bit antsy to head down so we weren't fumbling over rocks as we made our way home (probably a good call).  

The views are really great from the top - don't just go for the church (it was closed when we visited anyways) - and you can see seemingly forever in almost every direction.  The hike really isn't far, but the reward is really good, and I highly recommend stopping through Castellane to hike to the Chapel of Notre-Dame du Roc and wander a few of the old streets before continuing on your way, whether you're headed to the coast or to the Gorges du Verdon or somewhere else entirely.  

D - The hike really isn't that far, as Shannon rightly stated, but it looks super far and intimidating from the town when you look up and see this tiny church up on top of this cliff-side (as seen in the second picture below)!  It was a really fun, short hike though; one of my favorites from the trip.

See more from our road trip around southern France: our day in Toulouse here, and all of our stops on our first day: Cahors, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Bouzies, Rocamadour, Padirac CaveLoubressac, and Figeac.  We began our second day in Marcillac-Vallon and Belcastel, made a stop at the Viaduc de Millau before heading into the Gorges du Tarn, and finally checked out the lovely Sainte-Enimie.  That night, we stayed in Le-Pont-de-Montvert.  

We started our third day in Labeaume before driving through the Gorges de l'Ardeche and stopping afterwards in Aiguèze and then spending some time checking out Roman remains in Orange and staying the night in Vaison-la-Romaine.  The next morning we explored Vaison-la-Romaine, drove on to Sisteron and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie and through the Gorges du Verdon before staying the night in Castellane.