Tourtour Provence is like a village in the sky. Set on top of a windy hill (elevation 900 meters) with sweeping views all the way out to Frejus and the Mediterranean with the Mount St Victoire between. It’s a little known part of the Haute Var, Provence but it’s so worth seeking out.
The population is just under 500 but the locals are a tight knit group who put on one of the most amazing festivals known as the Fête de l’Oeuf (egg Festival) around Easter every year.
Tourtour – one of the most beautiful villages in France
Tourtour is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France and is well worth a visit. Take a walk through tiny cobbled streets to admire the well-restored village houses with their manicured gardens. There are lot of art galleries, the streets are peppered with fountains and it’s a very photogenic place. You’ll also spot ancient remains of older buildings, and the town hall is in a 17th century castle complete with turrets.
There’s a fossil museum, created by a local resident with a serious interest in fossils. The church of Saint-Denis at the top of the village is a classified historic monument and the views from its spot are outstanding.
The restaurants serve simple yet freshly made food which of course goes perfectly with a nice glass of chilled rosé. It’s about a 20 minutes’ drive from lively Cotignac. If you can take the road via Aups or Villecroze which, by the way, are also both villages worth a detour should time allow.
Most of the cafés and bars in Tourtour serve casual food – check out the great frites at La Farigoulette. But, there is also the more distinguished “La Table” restaurant with one Michelin star where you will find dishes like sautéed Ray or Guinea fowl. Prices here start at 28 euros per person.
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More information: Tourtour Tourist Office