Exploring

Chateaudouble

Châteaudouble is located north of Draguignan on a redoubtable rocky spur overlooking a series of fantastic gorges and valleys cutting through the thickly forested hills. The Gorges de la Nartuby and the Gorges de Châteaudouble are formed by the Nartuby and Ampus rivers from the northeast and northwest that join together just south of Châteaudouble.

The village clings to the rocky cliffs, with a pair of towers above: one in ruins but the other still standing lookout. The cemetery is also at the top, with an eagle's view the the surrounding hills and valleys. Above the village at the peak on the other side is a playground in the trees and a small football pitch with wooden goals, in a field that overlooks the world. This would be a great place for looking at the stars at night.

The village houses, shops and restaurants clustered so tightly together are bright and clean and well cared for. A beautiful old church in the center of the village has doorway arches made from a natural, stratified rock that contrasts well with the iron-studded wooden door. One village speciality is the local honey.

Name: First record, 1021 Castellum Diaboli; and in 1038: Castel Duplo

Medieval: In 1439, Châteaudouble was the joint domain of Arnaud de Villeneuve and Bertrand d'Esparron. Louis de Villeneuve fortified the village. The superb defensive position wasn't enough for the Wars of Religion: the protestants from Draguignan took refuge in the village, and the fortifications were then destroyed as they were dislodged by those of the opposing faith.

Site Content

Sites of Beauty & Historical Interest

  • Chapelle Ste Roseline 
  • Gorge de Pennafort
  • Canyon Du Verdon (Gorges du Verdon) 
  • Lac St Croix 
  • Lac St Cassien
  • Gorges de la Nartuby
  • Memorial Du Rhone
  • Abbey du Thoronet 
  • Cascade du Sillans
  • Moustiers Ste Marie  



Markets

Most of the villages have their weekly markets selling everything under the sun, our favourite and probably the biggest nearest to us is in Lorgues, also favourites are Feyance and Aups. Getting to the markets early is a must then when you are exhausted choose a nice restaurant/cafe to enjoy a spot of lunch.

Villages

  • Chateaudouble
  • Tourtour
  • Aups
  • Lorgues
  • Feyance
  • Bargemon
  • Salernes
  • Seillans
  • Cotignac
  • Figaniere

Riviera

Resorts

St Tropez, Les Isambres, Agay, St Maxime, Frejus, to name a few along the rivera.

Beaches

There are lots of little coves to explore as well as the larger beaches.

Night

The Riviera comes alive at night, worth a trip. There are plenty of lovely restaurants to discover whilst watching the street performers or  wander along the market stalls.