On our recent two-day French Riviera adventure, we stayed at the amazing Histoires de Bastide in the most charming of villages, Tourrettes-sur-Loup. After much online searching and scrutinizing of every bed and breakfast in the Côte d’Azur, we settled on this one, and boy was it a find! I selfishly don’t want to share but want to keep this all to myself because it was that good.
Histoires de Bastide is a guest house on the side of a cliff with a stunning view of the village and of the sea off in the distance. It is made up of four guest rooms, two on the second floor and two on the first, all with the same amazing view that will make you think you have crossed the border and gone over into Italy.
The gracious owner, Sandrine, who lives just a short distance away, comes over in the morning to prepare a delicious breakfast with fresh croissants, breads, homemade jams, and fresh-squeezed orange juice all served on the outside terrace with a view that makes it hard to leave. Yet, the sea beckoning in the distance awaits.
Histoires de Bastide was a perfect base away from the hustle and bustle to further explore the French Riviera. And the village of Tourrettes-sur-Loup? A medieval dream we’ll talk more about next time.
While most tourists visiting the Luberon head right for the spectacular villages of Gordes and Roussillon, there lies tucked away in a world all its own the quiet, refined, and classy village of Goult.
Classy is the word to describe this quaint little village with its photogenic little square of plane trees, ancient buildings, and the lively Café de la Poste.
As you make your way up from the village square, you will pass a beautiful boutique, an antique shop, a fromagerie, and the most adorable épicerie with a separate fruit and vegetable room across the street.
From here you can continue to wander the charming streets and narrow passageways filled with elegant intricacies as you find your way to the windmill at the top.
There are at least three popular restaurants in the village, which are usually fully booked by locals. So reservations are a must. La Bartavelle, on a narrow street above the main square, seems to be the most popular with locals and foodies alike. In addition, there are le Carillon and la Terrasse, which are always booked. Another casual yet enjoyable option is to order a pizza from the pizzeria directly across from the Café de la Poste and take it to the café to eat while ordering drinks.
Yes, Goult is still a bit of a secret from the mass crowds. In fact, one gite rental binder recommends Goult with a big “Shh!” Meaning, don’t let the secret out.