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Around Tourtour

During your visit in Provence, you can explore the richness of the region through rural tourism (tables d'hôte, local markets and so on), cultural tourism (historical heritage and museums) and sporting tourism (such as the numerous mountain bike trails).

  • canoeing down the Gorges du Verdon
  • a trip in a 2CV
  • bike trails
  • horse escape
  • workshops on olive oil
  • picnics
  • country-style barbecues
  • cooking lesson around truffle

Explore small picturesque villages

Ampus (7 km – 15 mins) and the sheep's seasonal migration

Villecroze (7 km - 11 mins) and its prehistoric caves

Aups (10 km - 17 mins), capital of the Haut Var region and the black truffle

Salerne (12 km – 20 mins) and its hexagonal floor tiles known throughout the world

Chateaudouble (16 km – 25 mins), its gorges and heritage site prehistoric caves

Sillans La Cascade (18 km - 25 mins) and its 42-metre high waterfall

Trans-en-Provence (26 km - 37 mins) and its air wells in the waterfalls, unique in the world

Les Arcs-sur-Argens (26 km - 39 mins) and the exceptional mosaic by Marc Chagall in the chapel

Cotignac (26 km - 35 mins) and its prehistoric dwellings

Carcès (32 km - 40 mins) with varnished tile façades, genuine works of art that are typical of the Var region and extremely rare

Barjols (35 km – 40 mins), known as the "Tivoli of Provence", so called because water is omnipresent

Correns (39 km - 50 mins), the first organic village in France

Moustier Sainte Marie (42 km – 55 mins), its ceramics and church classed an historic monument

Places to visit

The Entrecasteaux Castle (19 km – 30 mins), one of the most important castles in the Var region with its gardens designed by Le Nôtre,

Thoronet Abbey (28 km – 40 mins), a masterpiece of Roman architecture, one of the most beautiful Abbeys in France

The Palace of the Counts of Provence (61 km – 1 hr)

Quinson Prehistoric Museum (33 km – 41 mins)

Ceramics Museum in Moustier Sainte Marie (42 km – 55 mins)

Bernard Buffet Exhibition at the Simon Segal Museum in Aups, until 15 July

Not to be missed

Saint Croix lake (31 km – 45 mins)
A large, calm turquoise body of water placed as a refreshing pause between the plateau and hills, ploughed land and stony ground, Sainte Croix lake is the Verdon's jewel.
Canoeing-kayaking – Rowing – Electric boat – Swimming – Walking – Hiking

The Verdon Gorges (45 km – 1 hr)
Limestone rocks hollowed by the Verdon form a huge canyon, unique in Europe, with stunning viewpoints.
Canoeing-kayaking – White water swimming – River boarding – Water hiking - Canyoning – Pot-holing – Rock climbing – Hiking – Bungee jumpinglastique

The must-attend events

Tourtour's traditional village fête
The first weekend in August
4 days of festivities with Provençal dancing, a village dance, musical evenings, French bowls competition and to end the event in the shady square a giant aioli to be enjoyed with the locals.

Aups Provençal markets on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

Aups truffle market on Thursday mornings, from the last Thursday in November to the end of February
(through to mid-March depending on supply).

Verdon Jazz Festival – 14 to 22 July 2013

Aix-en-Provence international lyrical art festival – 4 to 27 July 2013
Operas, concerts and recitals... one of the highlights of the lyrical season. This year, the Aix Festival celebrates some famous anniversaries, Verdi and Wagner, Britten and Poulenc

Thoronet Medieval Music Encounters – 16 to 21 July 2013
Medieval music in the famous Cistercian abbey with its incredible acoustics to take a step back into musical history.