Castellane

the perfect south of france road trip

the perfect south of france road trip

Exactly a year ago, we were in the middle of an 11-day road trip around the South of France.  It was an absolutely massive undertaking to plan, inspired by cheap flights from Madrid to Toulouse and Lonely Planet's France's Best Trips book.  I pieced together many of the different road trip itineraries in the book and added in some additional stops based on blogs and sites I'd read online.  The final plan was very ambitious and had us covering quite a bit of southern France, but the end result was...fabulous (if I do say so myself).  Now, when I think about going anywhere in Europe on vacation, a few places come to mind, and the South of France is without a doubt at the top of that list.

castellane, france

castellane, france

We made it into Castellance 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).