Key Facts, International Travel, and Things to Do


    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.

    Idyllic in its architecture, its intertwining narrow streets and numerous shops, there are things to see for all.

    Only a short drive away, at 45km, Marseille sprawls elegantly along the coastline, welcoming visitors with everything from history and entertainment to shopping and gastronomy. On the way there, you will find Cassis, named one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

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

    International Travel

    If you are travelling to France from abroad, the Marseille Provence is located at 66km from the circuit. The largest airport nearby after that would be the Nice Cote d'Azur airport, at 176km. Smaller regional airports are available at a closer distance, as the one in Toulon - 55km away - and the local airport of Le Castellet.

    If you are travelling by car, take the A50 in direction of Le Castellet. You will look to exit in the direction of Le Beausset - Aubagne - Circuit du Castellet (exit 11).

    Located at a comfortable distance from other major cities in the South of France, the Paul Ricard circuit can be reached by train from a number of locations, like Balon (20km), Toulon (30km), Marseille (45km) and Aix-en-Provence (58km).


    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 can 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.


    The Mediterranean climate of south-eastern France is responsible for hot, dry summers, with ample sunshine all year round (Provence, Côte d'Azur and Corsica).

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