This castle, built in the Middle Ages and subsequently modified, offers a breathtaking view of the Loup valley at an altitude of 758 metres. The interior of the castle is private. Only the gardens can be visited today to enjoy the sweetness of the place under the hundred-year-old lime trees. You can see the two beautiful round towers of the castle which adorn the south facade in ashlar. The best time to visit the village is in the early morning or in the evening to avoid the crowds.
Formerly a small village, the fortress was initially built in the 9th century to protect itself from the Saracens who had invaded the country from 700 to 937.
In the 12th century, the counts of Provence built a real stronghold on the foundations of the old fortress to defend themselves against the county of Ventimiglia, an Italian town on the current border. This was followed by a long list of owners, including the Lombards, who had the first floor of the castle built in the 17th century, as well as the arcades in the spirit of the Place des Vosges in Paris, built at the same time.
Gardens open from 9am to 6pm
Place du Château, 06620 Gourdon