"The Violet Village" Tourette-sur-Loup by nicolaitan

Tourette-sur-Loup Travel Guide: 15 reviews and 47 photos

The Perfect Medieval Village

Approximately 20 miles from both Cannes and Nice, this charming village is directly on the Grasse - Vence highway. Violets grow everywhere, honored each year in March by a violet festival floats and a "flower battle". There are no hotels as such, although many villas in the area are available for rental. For parking, there is a large carpark right south of the main road but no parking in the village. The population approximates 4000 but the number of visitors is much less than many other hill villages because of less access - see Gourdon page. At only 4 km from Vence it is an easy and enjoyable outing. Note that the original spelling included an "S" for Tourette as in the signpost above.

The Village as Seen from the Grasse approach

There must be no more incredible vista that Tourette-sur-Loup from this perspective. Breathtaking, better than any picture.

The Village as seen from the Vence approach

Also far prettier than any photograph.

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  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    These small villages are special, it is as though they are the most peacefull and beautiful places in the world. Hope to visit this section of France some day.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 21, 2010 at 8:04 AM

    Hello Lew, thanks for posting VT's first (but no longer only) page on Tourrettes (double r, double t and an s at the end) on the Wolf. That is indeed a spectacular view from the Grasse approach.

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2009 at 4:48 PM

    You are correct. town is incredible.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    May 12, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    This wonderful town has so much charm. Thanks for sharing. You made me giggle about Roscoe. Some would say that about Trona, when they see it in person. Yet, it has some redeeming features that are hidden. Maybe Roscoe has some:)

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Hi at yr Tourettes page again - did you know Chagall is buried at Vence/St Paul sur Vence whatever...I have to write a tip on it after excitedly accidentally finding it last year!Like the idea of the Violets festival.

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2007 at 4:53 PM

    so it is like Parma - but French

  • Tasmania's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2007 at 1:40 PM

    Thank you for showing me this glorious village. It is exactly what I was looking for.

  • Beausoleil's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2006 at 9:01 AM

    Thanks for your kind words. It's a lovely village. Our hotel clerk told us about it . . . thank goodness! Hopefully now there will be more pages on Tourette (Tourrettes).

  • kymbanm's Profile Photo
    Mar 6, 2006 at 10:25 AM

    How pretty! Of course .... reading the name ... all I can think of is Tourette's Syndrome ....... I need a life ;)

  • sue_stone's Profile Photo
    Mar 1, 2006 at 1:57 PM

    Looks fabulous!! I guess I was pretty close by when I visited Grasse.


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