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Tourrettes is a perched village in the Var department of Provence, set in the hills inland from the Cote d'Azur to the north of Frejus and west of Grasse.

Note: Tourettes is not to be confused with Tourrettes-sur-Loup, a perched village in the Alpes-Maritimes department of Provence!

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France This Way review: the old heart of Tourrettes is quite small, and although a visit doesn't take very long it is a pleasure to explore.

You can park in the square at the bottom of the village. From here you can explore the narrow streets of the village that lead out of the square and slowly lead up through Tourrettes.

House in centre of Tourrettes village

On the way you will pass the 11th century Church of Saint André (restored in the 16th century) to reach the clocktower that stands at the top of the village - the clocktower was built in the 14th century, as was the small chapel of Penitents.

Along the way you pass lots of quaint houses, and small open squares. There is a village lavoir to the north of Tourrettes.

The castle on the hill to the west is the Chateau de Puy, built in 1830 by Alexandre Fabre - he had worked in Russia for 20 years and built the castle to be a copy of the École des Cadets in the town of Saint Petersburg in Russia (the castle is not open to the public, it is now a retirement home).


Tourrettes has long been a centre for local artists and in the village as well as artist studios you will notice lots of small works of art such as painted shutters and doors or paintings on the walls that add an additional layer of interest to your visit.

From the top of Tourrettes there are extensive views and a table d'orientation to help you get your bearings.

Before leaving the village be sure to find time to visit a cafe and sit enjoying the ambience of this traditional Provencal village.

View across Pays de Fayence from belvedere in Tourrettes

In the vicinity

The region that includes Tourrettes is known as the Pays de Fayence, and contains several pretty villages worth visiting in close proximity, including Fayence itself and Callian, Seillans and Montauroux among others (Seillans is listed as one of the 'most beautiful villages in France').

Together the villages make a very pleasant trip as an excursion from the busy French Riviera just 20 kilometres to the south.

You can find more travel ideas in the Var guide and the Provence guide.

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Fayence itself is a pleasant, unspoiled small town and well placed to explore the pretty villages of the Pays de Fayence region

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You might lose all sense of orientation in the winding streets of Callian- keep going uphill and eventually you will reach the castle!

Callian guide


The village of Seillans is a perched village in the Pays de Fayence region of Provence, now listed among the 'most beautiful villages in France'

Seillans guide


Most visitors will combine a trip to Montauroux with some time at the leisure Lake of Saint-Cassien nearby

Montauroux guide


The elevated position of Mons, at 800 metres altitude, means the views across the Mediterranean stretch an extraordinary distance

Mons guide


A visit to the small town of Saint-Cezaire-sur-Siagne might be combined with a trip to the nearby caves - Grottes de Saint Cézaire

Saint-Cezaire-sur-Siagne guide

... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Var

Address: Tourrettes, Fayence, Draguignan, Provence, 83440, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 43.624167, longitude 6.703056

Plan your visit to Tourrettes, Var

Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Seillans: most beautiful village (5 km)
  • Grottes de Saint-Cezaire: site of natural beauty (9 km)
  • Parc zoologique de Fréjus: zoo or wildlife park (17 km)
  • Jardin de la Villa Fort de France: remarkable garden (18 km)
  • Grasse: secteur sauvegarde (18 km)
  • Cathédrale Saint Léonce (Frejus): religious monument (21 km)
  • Frejus: town of art and history (22 km)
  • Frejus Cathedral cloisters: national monument (22 km)
  • Parc du château de la Napoule: remarkable garden (22 km)
  • Eglise de St Raphaël (Saint-Raphael): religious monument (23 km)
  • Gourdon: most beautiful village (25 km)
  • Abbaye de Lerins (Cannes): religious monument (26 km)

The French version of this page is at Tourrettes (Francais)