Tourrettes sur Loup...Panoramic views, traditional flower growing & ice-cream

Tourrettes sur Loup…Panoramic views, traditional flower growing & ice-cream

November 28, 2015
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  • Tourrettes sur Loup…Panoramic views, traditional flower growing & ice-cream
  • Tourrettes sur Loup…Panoramic views, traditional flower growing & ice-cream
  • Tourrettes sur Loup…Panoramic views, traditional flower growing & ice-cream
  • Tourrettes sur Loup…Panoramic views, traditional flower growing & ice-cream

Tourrettes sur Loup…Panoramic views, traditional flower growing & ice-cream

Why we love Tourrettes sur Loup…

…Despite its undeniable beauty, the village of Tourrettes sur Loup is not as touristy as some of the other medieval perched villages on the French Riviera, such as St Paul de Vence or Eze.

This is also a great place to come during the winter months because it is the season for  violet flowers and the village is most well known for a daily pick from October to March.

You’ll love this place…

…If you’re interest in authentic local produce, traditional agriculture, old stone and the history of the perfume industry.

Our favourite places to eat…

…Whether you’re in Tourrettes sur Loup for lunch, dinner or just a stroll, it would be a shame to pass up the opportunity to taste one of the violet based local delicacies, violet ice-cream or violet tea. Both of these local specialities are made with violets grown in the village. For ice-cream, head to Tom’s ice-cream parlour and for a cup of violet tea we recommend….

Best places for a drink…

Shop/boutique not to be missed…

…There are several little arts & craft shops and local produce boutiques throughout the village, but we particularly like O de Vigne, where you can taste and buy homemade liquor made with local fruit, flowers or herbs, such as peach, thyme or violet.

Landmark not to be missed…

…The Bastide aux Violettes is a large house just outside the Old Village, newly renovated and transformed into a working violet farm and museum to preserve and share the local flower growing traditions. An interesting place, especially in winter when then flowers are blooming.

Hidden treasure…

…We particularly love the communal wash basin, around which women used to gather to do their laundry together. Similar basins exist in most medieval villages, but we’ve seen this one used numerous times in recent years by locals washing their rugs. A scene of local life that makes you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time.

Our favourite view…

…On the windy road leading to Tourrettes sur Loup from Gourdon there’s a great view of the whole village about 5 minutes before you get there. The village itself provides breathtaking panoramas over the surrounding valley and countryside extending all the way to the sea. The best way to admire these views is either to follow the main street right to the end of the village where you’ll find a handy orientation table or to picking up a little footpath through the Portail Neuf (one of the old town gates) and follow that around the bottom of the village.

Friend in France guide, always on the lookout for new ways to help visitors discover authentic Provencal sights, smells & tastes. A culture addict & lover of adventure, long distance travel & tasty food.

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