20km. from Toulon by highway A50 or route N8.
Discover the pretty village of Le Castellet in the Var
The village of Le Castellet is one of the Var's top tourist attractions. This superb little feudal village perched atop its promontory will charm you with its picturesque Provencal architecture, its little squares lined with beautiful old houses carefully restored and its old stones tastefully enhanced.
You enter Le Castellet through 2 fortified gates, then let yourself be guided along the narrow streets by potters, leatherworkers... scented candles, ceramics and jewelry rub shoulders with picture galleries and ice-cream vendors. You'll be delighted to stroll through these small, sloping streets, even if at certain times of the year you'll find it hard to move between the craft stalls... this wise little bazaar doesn't mean the village has lost its charm...
Tourism in the village of Castellet
You'll be delighted to stroll along its small, sloping streets, even if at certain times of the year you'll find it hard to move between the craft stalls... this wise little bazaar doesn't mean that the village has lost its charm...
From one street to the next, you'll discover stone walls where sprays of flowers, wisteria, bougainvillea... reds, oranges, fushias, violets mingle with the ivy that runs throughout the village.
If you visit the village at lunchtime or dinnertime, you won't be able to resist the delicate smells of Provencal cuisine wafting in from the open windows... tomatoes, garlic and Provencal herbs simmered in olive oil, you'll recognize them... and you'll find it hard to resist the pleasant, shady terraces of the restaurants you come across afterwards! Le Castellet is proud to have been the setting for Raimu's cult film: "La femme du boulanger" (The Baker's Wife) by the celebrated film-maker and writer Marcel Pagnol.
From the esplanade of the 15th-century château, which now houses the town hall, you'll have an exceptional panoramic view of the Sainte Baume massif and the vineyards and estates at the bottom of the village: the excellent and famous Bandol AOC wines... For wine lovers!
The Paul Ricard circuit in Le Castellet
Le Castellet is also famous for its motor racing circuit (located just a few kilometers from the village), which hosts major car and motorcycle races. The Paul Ricard circuit is Le Castellet's main attraction, attracting many tourists and racing fans who come to spend a few days in Le Castellet before or after a race, to enjoy the beauty of Le Castellet village and the surrounding area.
The Paul Ricard circuit was inaugurated in 1970 and has hosted many prestigious F1 and other car races, as well as motorcycle races. It has been the battleground of the world's greatest champions! We highly recommend attending this impressive spectacle at least once in your life!
How to attend a race at Le Castellet?
On the Circuit Paul Ricard website, you'll find the schedule of forthcoming races, so you can reserve your seats and start planning your visit to the Var. We recommend accommodation in Le Castellet at the bottom of this page.
How to visit the Circuit Paul Ricard
Outside the official races, the Circuit Paul Ricard is open to visitors. You'll find all the information you need on the circuit's website listed in the previous paragraph.
Which races are held at Le Castellet?
Both car races and motorcycle grand prix events take place on the Circuit Paul Ricard. You'll find the race schedule on the circuit's website.
You'll find our selection of accommodation near the Circuit Paul Ricard or the old village further down this page.
What to see
Domaine Lou Capelan s a dynamic familial property of more than 40 hectares. Since 1992, the Silvestri family works its best to produce quality wines at a reasonable price in the Bandol and IGP Var appellations. You will discover the winemaking processes through a visit of the winery and taste their wines in a friendly atmosphere. Know more and book online
Certified organic, Domaine de la Begude has a 17ha vineyard and is recongnized as a reference in the Bandol appellation. You can visit the whole property in an authentic setting : Provencal Bastide, wine and ageing cellars in an old chapel of the 10th century. Know more and book online
Bed and breakfast
Located in Le Castellet, just 11 km from the Paul Ricard Circuit, Campagne l'Olivier offers accommodation with access to an outdoor swimming pool, a casino and a concierge service. This villa features a private pool, garden, barbecue, free Wi-Fi and free private parking.