Windows on Provence
Le Castellet is a beautifully quaint little medieval village, perched on a hill about a 10-15 minute scenic drive through the vineyards from Bandol. (And if you're travelling to Le Castellet from Bandol, you'll go right past my favourite wine producer Domaine Le Galantin in Plan du Castellet!)
There are fantastic views of the surrounding countryside and across the valley to its better-known rival La Cadiere d'Azur.The village retains its fortified look - there are still sections of the ancient ramparts remaining, along with a couple of the old fortified "portes". The winding streets are all cobblestone and the narrow little houses often have pots of flowers hanging from the balconies. The chateau was last rebuilt in the 15th century, and has an imposing defensive feel about it. Apart from the views and the attractive atmosphere, there are a number of interesting crafty shops to browse around and numerous bars and restaurants, including a creperie if you're looking for a light lunch.
Le Castellet was the set for the cult film "La femme du boulanger" directed by the famous writer/director Marcel Pagnol.