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Perched villages of the Côte d’Azur

Harriet, in our marketing team, recently explored the hills of the south of France. Here’s her favorite towns to discover and some top tips…

Balanced majestically atop verdant hills, perched villages or villages-perchés combine the charm of medieval architecture and quaint rural life with birds-eye views of the Riviera coast and surrounding countryside. These authentic Provençal little villages are scattered all throughout the Côte d’Azur and the Scott Dunn villas are a great based from which to explore them. Here are a few of my favs…

Tourrettes-sur-Loup

Tourettes-sur-Loup is a hidden gem. One of the most beautiful fortified villages, yet it remains relatively undiscovered by tourists. Oozing with local charm, the main square bustles with activity and the sounds of pétanque balls crashing and glasses clinking from the restaurants and cafes.

Top tip: For a sumptuous lunch or dinner head to Bistrot Gourmand Clovis, home to recently awarded Michelin starred chef, Julian Bousseau.

Vence

Those that yearn for more than quaint village life will love Vence and its buzzy atmosphere. Inside the stone walls of the historical city, the Place du Peyra invites you to drift round the shops and enjoy a drink in one of the restaurants overlooking the fountain.

Top tip: After a wander through the old town, stop by the Chapelle du Rosaire or as it’s widely known, the Matisse Chapel. Built over four years as a thank you to the nuns who had cared for the artist, the iconic white chapel houses some Matisse originals and a beautiful stained glass window.

Grasse

Surrounded by fragrant fields of violets, daffodils, lavender and jasmine this charming medieval town is the perfume capital of the world. Explore the Notre du Pey, Musée International de la Parfumerie as well as the narrow streets, shops, cafes and restaurants.

Top tip: Create your own perfume.

Saint Paul-de-Vence
One of the most beautiful perched villages although also the most popular, St Paul-de-Vence offers medieval tranquillity, world-class art galleries, boutique shops, cobbled streets and gourmet restaurants.

Top tip: St Paul-de-Vence is much quieter in the evenings when most of the tourists have disappeared. Enjoy a sundowner at The Rampart restaurant which boasts incredible sunset views.

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