The ‘village in the sky of Provence’, Tourtour, sits high on a rocky spur 25km from Draguignan overlooking the Var countryside all the way to the Mediterranean. Filled with Provencial charm and regularly cited as among the nicest villages in the whole of France, holidays in a Tourtour villa are perfect for a relaxing, cultural break in the sun.
Tourtour is a wonderfully lively place, despite its isolation. Throughout the year, there are a range of fetes, concerts and exhibitions to enjoy, allowing visitors to throw themselves head first into local lifestyles and cultures. Tourtour is wonderfully picturesque, with the main road through the village passing under a large arch and past an ancient fountain from which you can see the shaded main square, which is one of the most social places you can find from Tourtour accommodation, especially during the summer months, when locals and visitors sit at the pavement cafes, taking shade in the shadow of huge olive trees.
Tourtour is a popular tourist destination, put on the map by both its beautiful appearance and the top class restaurants that have been established within the village. There are some simply captivating places to have dinner within easy walking distance of a self catering Tourtour property. During your leisurely tour of the village, be sure to pop into the 17th century olive mill and the Fossil Museum, both of which are centrally located. The 12th century castle and Florielle Abbey, just 4km outside Tourtour are also well worth investigating if you are in the area.
The forested hills that run down towards the coast are perfect for walking, even during the height of summer as the thick woodland provides plenty of shade. There are huge loops to take, with marked trails running through the forests to the north and south of Tourtour accommodation. There are also two excellent golf courses with 25km of an apartment in Tourtour. Both Golf de Barbaroux in Brignoles and Golf de Saint Endreol in La Motte are open to visitors as long as you can produce a handicap certificate.
Draguignan is a cultural centre in the heart of Var. The town is brimming with museums and historical attractions, documenting both the history and culture of Provence throughout the ages. The Musee de Arts et Traditions Provinciales is a huge popular place to visit from a Tourtour villa, providing a magnificent insight into local culture and lifestyles, and is especially worth visiting if this is your first time in the area.
Conditions in Tourtour are fantastic during the summer. The hot Provincial sun shines for staggeringly long days during the summer, with temperatures reaching into the mid 30’s (˚C) almost every day from May until September. The shaded squares and wooded countryside provides plenty of shade, meaning you can happily explore without getting too hot. In winter, it is very rare to experience temperatures under 10˚C.
A holiday rental in Tourtour is just 90 minutes from Nice International Airport (NCE). There are regular flights to Nice from across the UK, provided by a huge range of airlines including British Airways and easyJet.