HomeAway's Tourrettes-sur-Loup villas base guests in a scenic artisans' village located high in the Cote d'Azur hinterland. Built on a craggy rock outcrop just 8.5 miles from the coast and on the cusp of the Alps, Tourrettes-sur-Loup made its name with its arts and crafts, as well as its medieval and Romanesque architecture. Over 40 artists and craftspeople ply their trade here, so Tourrettes-sur-Loup is a souvenir-seekers paradise.
Accommodation in Tourrettes-sur-Loup primarily consists of villas and apartments, with nearly all having access to a pool and BBQ area to make up for the short distance from the coast. With its location at the edge of the mountains, there are a host of activities to enjoy, such as golf, hiking, skiing and horse riding. Tourrettes-sur-Loup self caterings are typically equipped for self-catering holidays, with every modern convenience including washer/dryers and dishwashers, and a high proportion have internet access. Most holiday rentals in Tourrettes-sur-Loup have satellite TV and DVD players.
Outdoor pursuits: The advantage of a accommodations in Tourrettes-sur-Loup is guests can take advantage of both the mountains and the coast. Both are only a short drive away, so it's not unfeasible to ski in the morning and lounge on the beach in the afternoon.
Beaches: The choice of beaches couldn't be better, with Cannes, Antibes and Juan-les-Pins – where HomeAway has a similar selection of holiday homes – all within easy reach. The beaches at Nice, unlike the above mentioned, are made of the shale common to the Cote d'Azur – bring flip-flops! For sand, Antibes and Juan-les-Pins are the best and coincidentally also the closest.
Nightlife: The nightlife in Tourrettes-sur-Loup tends to be subdued, relaxed, and local in flavour, despite the town's popularity with tourists. Prices also tend to be less expensive than nearer the coast. Of course, driving to the coast is perfectly doable for a night out, and scenic, seafront restaurants can be expected.
Shopping: Shopping for arts and crafts souvenirs couldn't be more opportune than in Tourrettes-sur-Loup. Sculptures, painting, pottery, weaving, jewellery, violet perfumes and confectionary, goat cheese and artisanal honey – the list goes on, and they are all created locally. Needless to say there's a wealth of shops and stalls to browse. Grasse, the perfume capital of the world, is only nine miles away, and of course there's always Cannes for particularly expensive luxuries.
Culture: Late February or early March sees the Festival of Violets, which marks the end of the flower harvest, always on a Sunday. The village bedecks itself in flowers and holds a parade, which culminates in a traditional flower battle (your guess is as good as ours!).
Tourrettes-sur-Loup's position nine miles inland means the tempering influence of the Mediterranean sea isn't felt quite as much, so temperatures at the extreme ends can occur. The highest temperatures in the summer can reach 33°C, while the short, mild winters will often see the single digits. Rain falls mainly in the autumn.
At 13 miles away, Nice Cote d'Azur Airport is the most convenient international airport, and is regularly serviced by buses. Flying isn't the only option to the south of France, however, as driving from the UK (especially the southeast) only takes a couple of days. Trains, too, are a viable option, with optimum connections allowing travel times of nine hours from London.