One of the most beautiful villages in France Since 1981, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie has been ranked among the Most Beautiful Villages in France. Church, ramparts, chapels, aqueduct, fountains, alliances of water and stone, pastel tones of tiles and tufa shape a homogeneous and living architectural ensemble. The sweetness of life that emanates from it naturally encourages us to respect and value this place, to discover it and protect it. The work of the land, perpetrated for centuries, is the link between the history and the future of the village. Authentic and alive Today, Moustiers has about 700 inhabitants. The heart of its economy revolves around tourism and the pottery tradition. The capacity of reception in the municipality is important. In addition to 750 camping pitches and a holiday village, 130 hotel rooms in the village center or on the outskirts, around twenty gîtes and guest rooms and more than 50 furnished apartments, it is easy to discover the local marvels beyond a furtive crossing. The various services will satisfy all desires and all budgets. On the retail side, artists’ and craftsmen’s stalls rub shoulders with local services. On the food side, around twenty restaurants satisfy gourmets and gourmets, lovers of refined gastronomy, brasseries or local cuisine. Moustiers is also located on the territory of the UNESCO Geopark of Haute-Provence. This UNESCO-listed nature reserve covers 60 towns in the Alpes de Haute-Provence department. Many natural and geological sites allow you to discover the last 300 million years of Earth’s history.
14 km from the sea, between Nice and Cannes, Tourrettes sur Loup is a charming medieval village that deserves a detour. Perched on a rocky outcrop in the middle of superb and generous vegetation where aloes and prickly pears grow naturally, Tourrettes sur Loup remains imperturbable with its tall houses placed like ramparts. It is called “City of Violets” because this pretty and shy little flower has been cultivated there for almost a century. It is still one of the main activities of the village today. A party is organized in his honor in March with flower parades and flower battles. Tourrettes sur Loup can be discovered by strolling gently and quietly through its pretty little streets, its vaulted passageways, its tastefully restored old stone facades, its stairs lined with flowers… In the Grand’Rue, in the heart of the old village, nearly 30 workshops, artists’ galleries and creative craftsmen have come together, finding here a serenity and a quality of life necessary for any creation. You can therefore admire paintings, sculptures, weavings, jewellery, pottery… Finally, do not leave the village without going through the Château des Villeneuve (15th century) and its superb little square. It now houses the town hall and many exhibitions throughout the year.
Villefranche-sur-Mer, a prestigious city on the Côte d’Azur, offers you as soon as you arrive, whether by the ledges, the sea or the train, a grandiose panorama. Located 4 km from Nice and 12 km from Monaco, at the foot of a vast amphitheater of hills, it was founded in 1295 and has kept many vestiges of its origin. Maritime city with a privileged location welcoming the most beautiful units but also a small fishing port… its gastronomy is quite naturally based on fish directly supplied by local fishermen. History : The bay of Villefranche has been frequented since Antiquity by Greek and Roman sailors. They use it as an anchorage and give it the name of Olivula Portus. However, the site is the victim of repeated barbaric attacks. In the ninth century, Saracen pirates held a fortress on the site of Villefranche-sur-Mer25. The inhabitants forsake the seaside and take refuge on the heights; they founded another village there, Montolivo.Villefranche Foundation In 1295, Charles II of Anjou, Count of Provence, understood the strategic importance of this site, located on the borders of his territory. In order to encourage the inhabitants to return to populate the seaside, he granted them a tax exemption. The village is thus baptized Villa Franca.
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