Visit Tourtour (Provence, France)
Tourtour is about 50km inland from the coast in Provence, west of Frejus and north-west from Draguignan. The town is also at the north of the Cotes de Provence region, a wine growing region that stretches south-east to the coast from Tourtour.
The old town dates from the middle ages and is the most interesting part of a visit to Tourtour.
There are lots of the narrow streets lined with very picturesque Provencal houses to explore that we associate with the region, and a few minor highlights such as the oil mill (still in operation) and the clocktower, and the remains of two old castles. The main pleasure comes from simply strolling along the streets enjoying the ambiance.
There are two parts to the old town, the earlier dating from the 11th century, and the latter (around the square) from the 14th century.
The beautiful old olive trees in the central square were imported from Italy to replace the elms that long stood here but died.
photos of fountains in Tourtour
The town hall, the post office (housed in an old chateau) and the Chapel of Saint Trinity are later additions, dating from the 17th century. The former is painted in lovely pastel colours and with unusual towers at each corner. Not quite sure if I like it or not, but its impressive. You can also see the 12th century Grimaldi tower a little way outside the town (direction Aups).
On a clear day there are great views from the church that extend out across to the Mediterranean beyond Frejus, and also to Mont Ventoux - hence the village has been attractively labelled as 'the village in the sky'.
Note: photos kindly contributed by Valerie Willis
Photos taken within 10 km
Tourist classifications for Tourtour
Tourtour is classified as a one of the most beautiful village in France (plus beau villages)
Address: Tourtour, Salernes, Draguignan, Var, Provence, 83690 || GPS: latitude 43.5903, longitude 6.30306
Map of Tourtour & places nearby
Highlights close by
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Tourtour, France
- Thoronet Abbey - national monument (15km)
- Abbaye du Thoronet (Le Thoronet) - religious monument (16km)
- Gorges du Verdon - grand site of france (17km)
- Lac de Sainte-Croix - site of natural beauty (22km)
- Verdon - regional natural parc (22km)
- Seillans - most beautiful village (28km)
- Moustiers - most beautiful village (29km)
- Lac de Castillon - site of natural beauty (37km)
- Parc zoologique de Fréjus - zoo or wildlife park (37km)
- Clos de Villeneuve - remarkable garden (38km)
The French version of this page is at Tourtour (Francais)