Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (04120) Population: 77
Rougon is a small and very isolated village sitting on a plateau high above the upper Verdon Gorge. In a beautiful setting and with great views, Rougon is home to a large colony of vultures, nesting on the cliffs nearby.
Rougon is most interesting for its setting in the hills above the Gorges de Verdon, for the resident vulture colony, the wonderful views, and the hiking. The village isn't big enough to have a maze of streets for wandering.
History of Rougon
First record, 814 Villa rovagonis
Medieval: Domain of Castellane and of the Glandevez, passing to Lérins in 1732. The castle, once perched on the high rock beside the village, was once a series of defenses surrounding Castellane.
• GPS: 43.798953, 6.402623
IGN (1/25,000) #3542 OT "Castellane, Lac de Castillon"
The GR04 hiking trail passes through Rougon village.
North, the GR4 passes through the tiny village of Chasteuil (with resident potters) and curves east to Castellane . For long-distance hikers, the GR4 continues on northeast to Entrevaux before turning back south again.
South, the GR4 goes down from the village to the Point Sublim, then drops down to the bottom of the Gorges de Verdon, here called the Sentier Blanc-Martel. The trail follows along the right bank of the Verdon, south and then west. At a trail junction, the GR4 goes right (north), zigzagging up to the top of the canyon to the halet de la Maline (beside the main D23 road).
At the bottom of the canyon, 400 m west of the first trail junction, the trail crosses south to the left bank of the Verdon. Here one trail continues west along the side of the river to L'Imbut (where the Sentier Vidal allows you to climb out of the canyon. A second, shorter trail climbs up to the top of the canyon to join the GR99 as well as the D71 road.
This is an isolated village in the remote hills north of the Verdon Gorges. Access is by road, with no public transport.
Getting there: From Castellane, it's only 20 km west out the D952 along the Verdon river to the Point Sublime, the famous tourist site at the eastern end of the Gorges de Verdon. From the Point Sublime, take the D17 branch (north); about a km up the D17, you'll see the turning on the right for Rougon. The village is at the end of the road.
Department 04, Alpes-de-Haute Provence Buses
- See Beyond's Alpes-de-Haute Provence (04) Bus Schedules for downloading Alpes-de-Haute Provence bus-lines map and bus-line schedules [pdf for each line] (link for PDF files).
Marseille - Gréoux - Riez - Castellane Bus FH-27
- LER line 27 (part A): 3 buses/day, between Marseille and Riez, trip time 2 hrs. Stops: Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Venelles, Meyrargues, Peyrolles, Pont Mirabeau, St Paul-lez-Durance, Vinon, Gréoux-les-Bains, St Martin-de-Bromes, Allemagne-en-Provence, Riez.
LER line 27 (part B): 1 bus a day between Riez and Castellane (via the Gorges-de-Verdon), trip time 1h30. Stops: Riez, Roumoules, Moustiers-Ste-Marie, Lapalud, Rougon, Pont de Soleil, Castellane.
On the LER website (http://www.info-ler.fr/fr/lignes-horaires/carte-et-fiches-horaires-n287. , select Ligne 27: Marseille / Greoux / Castellane to display the bus schedule PDF.