Visit Tourrettes-sur-Loup (Provence, France)
Tourrettes-sur-Loup is a perched village situated in the Alpes-Maritimes, a little way north-east of Grasse and west of Vence, and just a short way inland from the major coastal resorts of Cannes and Nice. It is in a very picturesque setting surrounded by wooded hills and valleys.
One highlight is the view of the village as you approach from Bar-sur-Loup.
The town has an attractive medieval centre, strung out along the top of the cliffs of a rocky outcrop that at one time acting as a defense wall against possible attacks.
There is little in the way of 'major' monuments to discover - the 15th century Church of Saint Gregory in Place de la liberation, just outside the historic town is the most important - but don't let that deter you, for Tourrettes is a pleasure in itself with a myriad of passageways and alleys passing by the ancient stone builidngs.
From the Place de la Liberation you can pass through an old stone gateway to explore the heart of the old town.
Continue passed the small 15th century chateau in Place Maximin Escalier (now home to the mairie) and along to the viewpoint and 'table d'orientation'. Here you will find lovely views across the countryside beyond the ramparts, before returning to the main square via the Grand Rue that leads to another stone gateway next to the medieval belfry and tower.
Largely now focussed on tourism, Tourrettes-sur-Loup has an extensive selection of artisans selling their products in the town, along with a selection of cafes and restaurants. You can also visit a small museum dedicated to the violet flower, a very important local industry.
Back in the main square follow the small Rue de la Bourgade behind the church to see a 19th century oil mill.
The weekly market in Tourrettes-sur-Loup is held each wednesday morning.
There are a great deal of villages and beautiful scenery to enjoy in the immediate area around Tourrettes-sur-Loup and the French riviera is close to the south.
Among the unmissable sites, the village of Gourdon is in a stunning location and Saint-Paul-de-Vence has the modern art museum at Fondation Maeght. Be sure to also explore the town of Valbonne, and Antibes is one of our personal favourite coastal towns in the area.
Photos taken within 10 km
Address: Tourrettes-sur-Loup, Bar-sur-Loup, Grasse, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence, 6140 || GPS: latitude 43.716944, longitude 7.060556
Map of Tourrettes-sur-Loup & places nearby
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Le Bar-sur-Loup 6km
See lots more places to visit nearby and a more detailed map at places near Tourrettes-sur-Loup.
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Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Tourrettes-sur-Loup, France
- Gourdon - most beautiful village (7km)
- Baou de Saint-Jeannet - site of natural beauty (7km)
- Le Vallon du Brec - remarkable garden (9km)
- Marineland d'Antibes - aquarium (12km)
- Grasse - secteur sauvegarde (13km)
- Jardin de la Villa Fort de France - remarkable garden (13km)
- Parc Phœnix - zoo or wildlife park (14km)
- Jardin botanique de la villa Thuret - remarkable garden (16km)
- Jardin botanique - remarkable garden (17km)
- Nice - secteur sauvegarde (17km)
The French version of this page is at Tourrettes-sur-Loup (Francais)