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Castellane

Castellane is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France. With about 1,600 inhabitants, Castellane has the distinction of being the least-populated sub-prefecture of France.Its inhabitants are referred to as Castellanais.GeographyCastellane is a very old city located upstream of the Gorges du Verdon. The city is 724m above sea level.The Roc, or the Roc of Notre-Dame, overlooks the city from above. It has been occupied since the High Middle Ages and is a registered historical site. It can be accessed from the centre of town behind the old Church of St. Andrew. The walk takes about 25 minutes.Two reservoirs are located in the territory of Castellane: Lake Castillon Lake Chaudanne, created by the dam of the same name, the.The area has two water gaps: the clue de Taulanne containing the Asse de Blieux river and the Route Napoléon along its banks. the clue de Chasteuil, which contains the Verdon valley. The GR 4 hiking trail crosses through the town. The neighboring municipalities are:GeologyThe commune is part of the Jurassic limestone area of the French Prealps in Provence, formed by the tectonic upheaval of the Alps during the Tertiary. Limestone deposits run the length of the Verdon river, giving rise to spectacular gorges formed through karst erosion. Around Castellane older formations surface, such as gypsum and Triassic black marl.
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