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Village médiéval de Châtillon-en-Diois
Historic site and monument

Village médiéval de Châtillon-en-Diois

Village médiéval de Châtillon-en-Diois
26410 Châtillon-en-Diois

The village is exceptional thanks to the richness of its natural heritage: the Glandasse mountain behind it, the Bez river, the vines; its built heritage: the medieval centre and ‘viols’ (narrow streets), and its botanical heritage with its collections of plants distributed around the village.

Concentrated on its rock, on which its castle once stood, and lying at 570 metres altitude, Châtillon-en-Diois is surrounded by some of the highest altitude vineyards in France, owing their particular identity to the existence of the many ‘cabanons de vigne’. In the summer heat refresh yourself by its fountains, featured in a Haïku poem dedication, and the well-tended vegetation of both the climbing and ground covering plants in this ‘botanical’ village. A display dedicated to the symbol of the area, the grape vine, is presented on ‘palissades’, showcasing the original vine stock and the modern varieties used in the production of the local AOC wines. Each traditional house points its Roman style roofs towards the looming cliff wall of the Glandasse above. Centred on its tiny medieval lanes called ‘viols’, this is the village which inspired the descriptions in Giono’s novels and the recent film: «Knock ». Along the rue des Rostangs, guarded by its fortified gate and the Tour de l’Horloge, one can still feel the intensity of a once bustling commercial and agricultural life. Don’t forget to look up and discover the frescoes which grace the upper parts of the houses. This was a centre of French Protestantism. The hinge of a shutter fitted the wrong way up allowed a fellow worshipper to recognise friendly houses during some of the darkest moments of the village’s history. As it happens the village lies on the route of the long-distance footpath: « Sur les pas des Huguenots ».

Our services

  • Wi-fi
  • Car park
  • accepted animals
  • Room hire

Further information

amenities
  • Picnic area
  • Bar
  • Public WC
  • Car park
  • Defibrillator
  • Restaurant
  • Meeting room
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Services
  • Pets welcome
  • Coach access
  • Motorhomes allowed
  • Room hire
  • Shop
  • Wi-fi
  • Tourist routes
  • Tourist brochures
  • Tourist information
  • Cash point
  • Guided tours
  • Leisure Center
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Spoken languages
  • French
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Opening

All year round, daily.

Prices

Free access.

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Updated on 10/07/2013
Through Office de Tourisme du Pays Diois
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