A few weeks ago, a friend of mine who is Australian came down to the French Riviera. For a few days, I became a personal tour guide - and translator - and I made sure to show him the best places in the area. He previously told me he didn't like Paris at all and he had a negative image of France, so I had one (not so simple) task: make him fall in love with France by showing him something different than the capital. 

Challenge accepted.

We visited some small villages and typical Southern French towns... And Le Castellet was one of them.

Le Castellet is located in the Var region of France. It's such a charming town perched on top of a hill and only about 4 thousands people live there. If you want to see a typical Provençal town, this is the place to go!

How to get there

The easiest way to reach Le Castellet is by car. The parking is free and it's right next to the village. Once you've parked, you just have to climb some stairs and you're there! 

The closest airport is the Toulon-Hyères aiport which is a 40 minutes drive away, but you can also arrive in Marseille or Nice.

You can stay there for a few days at a hotel if you wish to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of a city, but in my opinion it's better to go to Le Castellet just for a day. You'll see everything in a few hours so it's perfect for a day trip if you're staying somewhere else in the South of France!

What makes Le Castellet so beautiful?

The paved streets. The climbing flowers. The stone houses. The view from the top of the village. The great weather (we get 300 days of sunshine here on the French Riviera). The cute soap and candle shops. The serenity and peacefulness.

Do I really need to say more?

When you stroll through the streets, it kind of feels like Le Castellet is not really real, what I mean by that is that it feels like you're in a fairytale, exploring an old medieval village. And I'm used to seeing this kind of villages since I'm from the South of France, it's very common here, but I still get that magical feeling when visiting Le Castellet. It's just that pretty and enchanting!


Go to Le Roi d'Ys to eat the best crêpes in town. I wish I took a picture of the one I had, but it looked (and tasted) SO good that I didn't even think about it - all I wanted to do was to eat my nutella crêpe as fast as I could. You have so many options to choose from, whether you want one with bananas, ice cream, whipped cream, coconut flakes... They also serve salads and typical French meals like raclette; and there are lots of options for vegetarians as well.

Make sure to call them to make a reservation even if it's just a couple of hours before you arrive, especially in the summer or on weekends, because this place is usually packed.

And I'll leave you with some more pictures of Le Castellet...

Have you ever been to Le Castellet, or any other small village in the South of France?