Tourtour - characteristic village between the olive trees
Tourtour is a town located in the Var department, near the larger town of Draguignan.
Tourtour is set in a really fantastic location. The village is more than six hundred meters above sea level, giving it an exceptional view of almost the entirety of Provence. If the weather is good, you can see the Massif des Maures, Sainte-Baume and Sainte-Victoire. Further to the south, you can see the mountains of Frejus and to the north, you can see Mont Ventoux. Tourtour is on the official list of most beautiful villages in the whole of France.
History of Tourtour
The name Tourtour is derived from the old word 'tör', which means mountain or mountain top. Because of its strategic location, Tourtour became an important town in the twelfth century. To protect it, a castle was built, as well as various defensive works. Later on, Tourtour would become a popular place among artists, thanks to its beautiful location. The town has stood the test of time well, making it to this day where it is listed as one of the most beautiful villages "plus beaux villages" in the whole of France.
Tourtour is a place where it seems as if time has stood still. Its beautiful medieval streets and buildings are a feast for the eyes. The combination of the cosy streets and the attractive squares ensure that you can spend a pleasant afternoon in this relatively small place. After your walk through the village, enjoy a refreshing drink on one of the terraces.
Although Tourtour is not very big, it has no less than three castles, or at least the remains of them. The oldest castle, or rather its ruins, dates from the thirteenth century. It is clear that there was something to defend against looting mercenaries. Today there is still a small castle that now serves as a town hall.
To do / to see
- the medieval village
- the church of Saint-Denis which was built in the year 1004
- the fossil museum Victor Zaneboni
- the oil mill with summer art exhibitions that change every two weeks
- the images and sculptures of huge insects Bernard Buffet
- the many art galleries
- horse riding
- traditional Provencal market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings throughout the year
- The Easter festival with egg-throwing events and competitions
- film festival at the end of July
- village festival on the first Sunday in August with a costume parade, ball and special Provençal dances
- Festival de Piano in the open air starts in early August
- the feast of Saint-Denis on the first Sunday of October with a procession
- in December and January there are the shepherd festivals