DESTINATION & TOURISM

Key Facts, International Travel, and Things to Do

    Background

    Situated in the heart of the Bandol vineyards, Le Castellet stands out in Formula 1 history as the home of the Paul Ricard circuit. In one of the centers of French wine-making areas, this is the ideal place to relax and enjoy the joi-de-vivre of the small commune.

    Only a short drive away, at 45km, Marseille sprawls elegantly along the coastline, welcoming visitors with its many museums, a gorgeous city centre adorned with cathedrals, abbeys and arches, and many attractions outside the city, like the Calanques National Park.

    The university city of Aix-en-Provence is located 64km north-west of the city, further afield from Marseille, and is also an interesting city to visit.

    Located 30km away from the circuit, to the south, you will find Toulon, a beautiful coastal city that invites you to relax and explore.

    • Language: French
    • Currency: Euro (EUR)
    • Time Zone: GMT (GMT+0000)

    International Travel

    If you are travelling from abroad, the closest international hub is Marseille Provence Airport, located 66km from the circuit. The next closest airport is Nice Cote d'Azur airport, 176km away.

    There are also some smaller regional airports closer to Le Castellet, such as Toulon - 55km away - and the local airport of Le Castellet. Please be aware that landing slots are limited at the Le Castellet airport.

    Accommodation

    For more information on where to stay and accommodation, check out our dedicated Accommodation page.

    Things To Do

    One could indubitably claim that the blue and red track of the Paul Ricard Circuit might be the best sight to see when visiting the region of Le Castellet, but if you want to explore a little more during your visit on the race weekend, consider all that the region has to offer.

    The quaint village of Le Castellet offers a variety of restaurants rich with the regional cuisine, as well as bars and pubs where to relax in the evenings. If you can drive, going a little further to explore what the region can offer you will take you to the Sainte-Baume mountain ridge, a natural sanctuary that lends its name to a grandstand!

    Beaches abound around Bandol, only 11km away, with the pleasant Côte d'Azur climate ready to help you with your tan.

    Or stay local, and enjoy the vineyards of the area, with wines that have been enriched by the geography of the plain. The medieval hilltop village offers opportunities for a lazy stroll with plenty to see, from the the castle of Le Castellet, the Saint-Sauver Church, the Place de L'Ormeau and the Place de la Fontaine.

    For those interested in sports and other leisure activities, there are clubs in the area offering tree climbing experiences, horseback riding classes, and even a helicopter flight.

    Weather

    The Mediterranean climate of south-eastern France brings hot, dry summers, with ample sunshine, so expect blue skies and high temperatures in June

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