Visit Entrecasteaux (Provence, France)
Entrecasteaux is a village in Provence about 50 kilometres inland from the Cote d'Azur (around 50 kilometres from Frejus and St Tropez), best known for its castle and gardens.
At the northern end of the Cotes de Provence vineyards and wine producing region, it is one of many small unspoiled towns that dot the region.
The village itself is very pretty with plenty to discover and enjoy along the medieval streets, and plenty of those little architectural features and pastel painted houses that give the towns of Provence their own individual character.
You will also see two roman style religious monuments here: the fortified Church of Saint-Sauveur and the Chapel of Notre-Dame de l'Aube, while the Chapel of Saint-Anne has a nice view back across the rooftops of Entrecasteaux.
Entrecasteaux is towered over by the chateau that stands at one side of the village. Although it stands on the site of an earlier fortress, the castle that you see now dates from the 15th to the 17th century, with little to remind us of the medieval fortress that once stood here.
The castle itself is Provencal in style, with an exterior less ornamented than we might expect in other regions of France.
Inside Entrecasteaux castle the rooms of the castle have been furnished with period furniture, tapestries and other items. The castle is open to visitors from easter to end september (closed Saturdays), admission price eight euros.
Notably, the castle gardens were laid out by le Notre, the designer who planned the gardens at Versailles. Here they are rather smaller in scale, but the formal gardens with their geometric clipped hedges are a nice backdrop for the castle.
Be sure to visit the Abbey at Le Thoronet, and some of the other small towns and villages in the Haut-Var region such as Tourtour, Lorgues and Flayosc, when you visit Entrecasteaux.
Photos kindly contributed by Valerie Willis
Photos taken within 10 km
Address: Entrecasteaux, Cotignac, Brignoles, Var, Provence, 83570 || GPS: latitude 43.5167, longitude 6.2425
Map of Entrecasteaux & places nearby
Highlights close by
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Entrecasteaux, France
- Thoronet Abbey - national monument (7km)
- Abbaye du Thoronet (Le Thoronet) - religious monument (9km)
- Tourtour - most beautiful village (10km)
- Gorges du Verdon - grand site of france (26km)
- Lac de Sainte-Croix - site of natural beauty (28km)
- Verdon - regional natural parc (29km)
- Jardin d’Elie Alexis - remarkable garden (29km)
- Seillans - most beautiful village (35km)
- Grimaud - recommended detour (35km)
- Moustiers - most beautiful village (37km)
The French version of this page is at Entrecasteaux (Francais)