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Tourrettes sur Loup - a picture perfect mediaeval village with glimpses of the sea

Tourrettes sur Loup is a simply beautiful Provençal village. Its mediaeval streets and houses seem to come straight from a glossy postcard. And, although it lies a little way from the sea, the blue waters of the Med can be glimpsed from its highest point. Tourrettes sur Loup has a lovely setting. The backdrop is provided by the hills of the Puy de Tourrette and the Col de Vence. Nearer to home, at the right time of year, the landscape can turn purple with a carpet of violets. This is the Provence of dreams.

A charming village set high above the Loup Valley

Tourrettes sur Loup has plenty of heritage to discover. It's a fortified, walled village built on a rocky outcrop high above the Loup River valley. The houses are mainly mediaeval, although there are Romanesque buildings as well. The tiny old, cobbled streets wind beguilingly around the village, and are often decked with flowers in summer. The Grande Rue will lead you through arched gateways to the oldest parts of town. Look out for the high bell tower and the 12th century church.

Tourrettes sur Loup - a village of artisans and restaurants

As you might expect of a village that's popular with tourists, Tourrettes sur Loup has plenty of amenities. There are general shops, artists' workshops, craft shops and a variety of attractive bars, cafés and restaurants to discover as you wander the old streets. Parking can be difficult in summer, so it's often best to use the free car park on the edge of the village and do your sightseeing by "Shank's Pony". It's a place that's best savoured at Provençal pace anyway, and that means slowly! If you enjoy museums, take a little time to go into the Violet Museum, which is delightful and different.

Head for the Med or explore the delightful countryside

They say that in Provence, anything is possible. And from a base in Tourrettes sur Loup, it seems this is the case. It's just a short drive to the beaches and resorts of the Med where you can swim, scuba dive, sail or do anything else that goes hand in hand with the seaside. Inland there are chances to explore the countryside on foot or on horseback. Nearby Vence has a good public swimming pool and an excellent market.

Chic towns, lively resorts and idyllic villages to discover

The Alpes-Maritimes has so many lovely destinations that you could live several lifetimes there and still find something new. Start with the old favourites, the great towns of Nice and Cannes, and the lively resorts like Frejus and Saint Raphael. Then head inland to the picturesque villages and lavender fields, olive groves and vineyards. You'll soon find your own favourite places.

How to get to Tourrettes sur Loup

Provence is so popular it's really easy to get to. Flying to Nice offers lots of choice of airlines and departure points. Or you can get there by TGV. If you're driving (and if you're staying near Tourrettes sur Loup you probably will want access to a car) you should look out for the D2210 road which takes you to the village. The nearest major road is the A8.

Property prices and availability in and around Tourettes sur Loup

Property in Provence just isn't cheap, but it's cheaper in 2012 than it has been for some years. So, it's a good time to buy. You'll still need an above average budget to claim your property in Tourrettes sur Loup, but it's easy to be tempted as there are some fabulous houses on the market.

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Tourrettes sur Loup AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Tourrettes sur Loup?

Tourrettes sur Loup is situated in the south-east of France, in the south-west of the Alpes-Maritimes department.

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Population: 4,213

Access: By air: Fly to Nice with a variety of airlines. By rail: You can take the TGV to Nice. By road: Tourrettes sur Loup is accessed from the D2210.

Economy: Tourrettes sur Loup has an economy that is now quite reliant on tourism. Commerce is present and agriculture (particularly the growing of violets for the perfume and food industries) is another factor.

Interesting fact: Tourrettes sur Loup is sometimes called "the town of violets" as so many are grown there.


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