|Cotignac - showing the western end of the cliff face and the first of the two towers.|
|Houses are built into caves and the rock face.|
As well as natural caves in the limestone face, people have also built underground – or troglodyte – homes into the cliffs. And the rock also makes up the rear walls of houses built along the base.
|From the Mairie you can climb to the cliff top.|
The cliffs are spectacular; they soar above the town and are visible at the end of many of the narrow streets. Being limestone, they have weathered into fascinating shapes, highlighted by the shadows that sweep slowly across during the day.
Stairs and passageways leading to the underground ‘troglodyte’ homes have been cut into the face of the rock.
We didn’t climb up to them – we weren’t sure whether we were allowed to or if the paths were private entrances.
However, we did take the tourist track up past a row of houses built out from the cliff face, many of which were little artisan cottages with views out across the wide valley to the south.
|Looking south towards Carces from the top of the escarpment.|
Back in the town centre, you can wander the narrow streets where tiny galleries and artisans’ ateliers are tucked away, or just meander back into the Cours Gambetta to enjoy the ambience of its shops and restaurants and fountains set delightfully under the plane trees.