Tourrettes-sur-Loup - Village Medieval

Tourrettes-sur-Loup - Village Medieval

Tourrettes-sur-Loup - Village Medieval
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Florida19
Herts112 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Pretty medieval village, please pick up your dog poo!
Really off putting when walking around such clean cobblestones!
Many restaurants closed on Monday and Tuesdays, supermarkets closed half day Sunday so be prepared.
Barbacane best restaurant and friendly staff.
Shops overpriced but good for browsing
Written June 10, 2024
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jennydunstan
Sydney, Australia162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Couples
We stayed in a holiday rental on the outskirts of this lovely perched medieval village in early May.

We used it as a base to visit Nice and the Cote D'Azur, but also greatly enjoyed spending most of our week in the local area. Tourettes-sur-Loup is only 5-10 minutes drive from the larger town of Vence (also well worth visiting, and where there are supermarkets and other facilities), and only half an hour or so from Cagnes-sur-Mer and the Autoroute, and Nice Airport. If you don't have a car there are regular busses from Nice to Vence, and less regular busses from Vence to Grasse via Tourettes-sur-Loup. A taxi from Vence could also be an option.

Tourettes-sur-Loup is a little off the tourist trail for day trippers from Nice or Cannes, and for us therein lay its appeal. It is nowhere near as overrun by tourists as the nearby Saint Paul de Vence.
Parking is a challenge in the village square itself, but there is a good car park on the right as you come into the town, just near the primary school.

There are quite stunning views of the medieval village as you approach the town from both the Vence and Grasse sides. Definitely an opportunity for photographers. The town area itself is full of twisting lanes and alleys, with a few small shops, bars and restaurants, including a couple of excellent boulangeries.

If you are a keen walker the area is full of opportunities - either in the winding roads and lanes above the village, or, for the more adventurous, in the steep hills up above the town. We found that the website for the Vence Office of Tourism was particularly helpful in this regard (as was the actual Office).

We had a lovely week in this area, far from the madding crowds of Nice!
Written May 13, 2012
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RBRobyn
Los Angeles, CA42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
Great trip to this wonderful village with lovely small streets, fun shops, a beautiful church and the best restaurants. Don't miss this!
Written April 17, 2019
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greenladytraveler
Jerusalem, Israel52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Friends
What makes Tourrettes different from all other medieval villages in Italy or France or the British Isles? Hard to say exactly -- maybe the combination of the friendly market (where a local woman will give you a taste her socca fresh out of the vendor's portable oven), and the little bakery that turns out the best croissants in the South of France, and the water gushing down the gorge below the town, and the picturesque, jasmine-scented lanes where modest craftspeople are happy to let you just wander through their studios, and the daily crowd of retirees playing boules on the tranquil square, and the excellent restaurants that welcome you without pretense (though it's a good idea to reserve in advance), and the polite taxi driver who so casually and expertly navigates the difficult road to Gourdon, and the charming museum dedicated to flowers (violets)... Even the tourists (of whom there were few during our mid-week stay in late April) were low key, in keeping with the village. I've been to many a medieval village and love almost all of them, but Tourrettes will remain one of my all-time favorites.
Written June 25, 2018
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HelenRose
Melbourne, Australia286 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
What a delightful village, very pretty and great to explore. Even better was the walk from Vence and back. We walked the easy way, about 90 minutes, along a less-used road (do not walk on the main road between the two towns). Then we tackled the walk along the Roman road, through the forest, along the stream, up a huge hill. We staggered back into Vence 3 1/2 hours after setting out from Tourrettes. But what an achievement! Take the time, you will not regret the experience, and you will see such beauty along the way.
Written May 26, 2015
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malholme
Lewes, UK523 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
Round every twist and turn there are lovely pictures- with a great temptation to take many photographs. In October it was delightfully quiet and peaceful. There is a huge range of artisans working in this village, with some unique products- many based on violets. A really beautiful Provencal town.
Written October 19, 2014
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voconnor2
Hamilton, Canada72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Friends
Just a 15 minute bus ride from Vence will drop you off at the edge of this beautiful hilltop village. It has been in my memory since 2005 when I stumbled upon it. I was determinded to return there this year when staying in Nice. Take bus 400 from Nice, through St. Paul de Vence to Vence. From there you can catch the 510 bus to Tourette sur Loup for the most amazing experience. View the village from the top of the road and it will take your breath away. Walk leisurely down to the village and simply meander. The old stoned homes and streets are adorned with flower boxes. Artisans abound there working away in their shops. They are happy to have you browse and enjoy their treasures even if you don't buy. Have lunch on an open patio and enoy the company of fellow travellers. This village is not overcome by tourists as it is a little more difficult to reach....but when you do you are in for the best day spent in Provence. Be sure to stop atTom's and have a delicious violet gelato. Tourette is the town of violets. I want to return there again for sure. I think secretly I may have lived there in another life time.
Written June 20, 2014
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Iwashere2013
Sydney, Australia152 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Couples
Have been to Tourettes almost a dozen times, the village itself is similar to many other beautiful medieval villages found in France, there's small speciality souvenir shops, boulangeries and French cuisine restaurants, etc ..but what makes Tourettes special is the people you meet. We were invited to the wine bar on a Friday night and met many friendly expat professionals who live in Tourettes and were happy to introduce us to other locals. Be sure to walk through the village and spot the panoramic look out for good views of the French Riviera. I would probably suggest spending a couple of hours there, as afterwards there isn't much else to do in Tourettes once you've explored the village.
Written October 23, 2013
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Brenda P
Stow, OH111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Couples
During our stay in the Nice area, my husband and I devoted a day to seeing local hill towns. We had visited two hill towns in Tuscany last year, and were curious how the Provence town would compare. We were not disappointed, and Tourettes-sur-Loup was our favorite. We visited in the second week of October so, unfortunately, a lot of the shops and restaurants were closed. But, that actually made for a more enjoyable couple of hours. The streets were not packed with tourists. I suspect most of the people there were residents or locals. The atmosphere inside the town was perfect, almost like roaming a movie set created to depict the perfect medieval village. A few people were sitting at cafes sipping coffee. We ran into several cats who clearly lived in the village and enjoyed a protected environment where they could wander the streets. There is an opening through the wall that allows you to sit outside and look out over the countryside. From this point, is it also possible to turn around a look back to the walls of the city.We took some great photos during out stay. I'm not sure what the city would be like during the busy tourist season, but on a beautiful October day it was a delightful place to be.
Written October 21, 2013
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mandy-must-travel
London37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Family
A working village, it is unlike St Paul as it is still untouched by the mass tourist industry. Tourrettes-sur-Loup is small and beautiful and typically French. You can park in the main square, although this is busy, so you can park just outside in the free car park and either walk in (a path runs lower than the main road - look for the sign post from the car park), or you can take the free shuttle which will take you directly into the square.

There are several lovely cafes and restaurants. Don't forget to try the violet ice cream from Tom's Ice Cream parlour. Sweet but very tasty - my kids love it!

There are many artisan shops selling crafted wood, jewellery, art etc and its a lovely place to wander through the cobbled streets and take in the views. The small supermarket has a shelf selling a few things us Brits love. There is a post office and shop selling various international newspapers.

A great place to base yourself if you are visiting the area as Tourrettes-sur-Loup is only half an hour from Nice airport and you can easily reach the beaches and A8 motorway to venture further afield. St Paul de Vence, Valbonne, Grasse, Mougins, Biot (kids waterpark) are all easily accessible for days out. Cannes is about 45-minutes drive.

Take a visit to Florian Confectionery and see how they make the sweets (the old fashioned way) and then head to the shop to buy some!

In winter the nearest ski slopes are within an hours drive.
Written August 8, 2012
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