Every time I travel somewhere new one of the first things I search for is the ‘old town’. After asking Pinterest plus a few locals Le Castellet seemed like the obvious choice within striking distance of our home from home in La Ciotat and it did not disappoint. A small medieval village, perched high atop a hill and encased in traditional stone walls, it is a delight to discover.
Wander up the winding cobbled alleyways, past traditional potters, the hat shop (a personal highlight), leather craftsmen, art and ice cream sellers (still no lavender…) to the mairie in the open square at the very top and admire the views out over the surrounding vineyards. Wisteria and bougainvillea line your path and for a relatively tiny place you are quite spoilt for eating options although many of them are on the pricey side. We were immediately taken with Le Pied de Nez for the expansive views it affords from its shaded terrace clinging to the outside of the village wall but alas it did not open the day we were there (mid September) and we settled for galettes at Le Roy d’Ys which turned out to be an average restaurant set in a most charming square with a little central fountain.
The temperatures on our hazy September day were perfect for exploring this beautiful village but in high summer I could imagine the lack of a breeze when you step inside those walls might take its toll and I would recommend early morning or evening for optimal ambling and if you need somewhere to pass time just stop in at any one of the local vineyards cosying up to the bottom of the hill…
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dress – Free People
sandals – Next (gift 2018)
headband – Anthropologie
aviators – Ray-Ban*