Where to stay and eat
La Bastide de Tourtour is a 25-room hotel located just outside of town. The hotel occupies a stone building built in 1965 ( The only disappointing thing about it). The hotel’s best features are the sweeping view over the surrounding pine forests. To take full advantage of it choose one of the ” prestige” rooms, they face south and they have balconies. They are best because they are on the second floor. Intersection of D31 and D77; 4-94-70-57-30. http://www.bastidetourtour.com
Les Chenes verts
Paul Bajade is the chef and has a 20- year reputation creates wonders. His cuisine is dense, earthy and exhilarating. If you happen to eat there, look for the seven- course truffle menu. ( Route Villecroze; 4-94-70-55-06). http://www.leschenesverts.fr/ One Michelin star; The food is outstanding.
La Galerie Blanchard
“My wife is the creative type. I am just the worker”. His wife, Vivianne is the designer of the bold jewelry in steel, iron and precious wood on display and for sale, Gilles , her husband, who conceives and welds together the exuberant pieces. Gilles, Paris born and trained moved south in 1972. Birds have always been a special subject- He is particularly drawn to the idea of taking to the air and flying away. This gallery has an amazing amount of great work!. Open Easter through October; other times by appointment. Place de La Trinite, Tourtour. http://www.galerieblanchard.com