Quick Visit: Tourrettes sur Loup, France

I recently posted a few lines about one of my favorite places in the south of France, the Auberge de Tourrettes. One of the many things that makes the Auberge so special is that it’s located at the edge of one of the most picturesque villages in the area, Tourrettes sur Loup.
Listed below are a few helpful facts.

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Population: 3,921
Altitude: 400 meters

THE VILLAGE:
Tourrettes sur Loup is located five kilometers west of the town of Vence, and approximately forty minutes from the Nice airport.  Literally hanging off the side of a cliff, this beautiful village is well known for producing more violets than anywhere else in France.  A good place to start your tour is the Grand Rue, a narrow, cobble stoned street that begins at the rear of the main square.  Follow the rue as it winds its way through the lower part  of town, rambling beneath ancient stone archways and past picturesque medieval buildings.  At the back of the village there’s a lookout point with exceptional views of the Mediterranean.
Tourrettes is full of interesting artisan shops, restaurants, and local flavor.

WHO GOES:
Visit Tourrettes and you’ll meet tourists, construction workers, shop owners, and village elders playing boules in the central square.  They all add a unique charm to this picturesque town.

BEST KEPT SECRET:
Ferme des Courmettes
Situated at 800 meters in the nature reserve of the Domaine des Courmettes, this organic goat farm offers tours, accompanied by poetry if requested, spectacular views, and many different kinds of delicious cheeses for sale.
Bruno Gabelier-Owner
Tourrettes sur Loup 06140
tel/fax 04 93 59 39 93
website – http://www.chevredescourmettes.com
e-mailgabelierb@aol.com

BEST TABLES:
Cafe du Midi
For simple, fulfilling, Brasserie style food, stop in at this cafe on the main drag, directly across the street from the boules pitch.  Comfortable and friendly, this local hangout is a good first choice for casual dining.
1 Place de la Liberation
Tourrettes sur Loup  06140
tel. 04 93 59 34 81

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Chez Grand Mer
Family owned and operated, this small restaurant just off the Grand Rue offers affordable, simple meals with a nice local wine list.
Place Maximillen Escalier
Tourrettes sur Loup  06140
tel. 04 93 59 33 34
BEST ROOM:
Without a doubt, the Auberge de Tourrettes, located just steps away from the village square.  Small, comfortable, clean, and affordable, this charming hotel with six rooms and two suites is a delight.  Large modern bathrooms, comfortable double beds, TV, WIFI Internet access, and a shockingly good restaurant make this my number one choice in Tourrettes.
Rooms from 102 Euros.
Auberge de Tourrettes
06140 Tourrettes sur Loup,
France
tel. 33 4 93 59 30 05
(call for reservations)
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Filed under Accommodations, Dining and Wine, Villages

One response to “Quick Visit: Tourrettes sur Loup, France

  1. letsjapan

    Beautifully written and makes me want to be there. It’s the little out-of-the-way places, even if in a large city, that make a trip special. You obviously know about many of those places in France. I’ll make a point of someday allowing y’all to introduce me to them.

    R

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