For a slice of peaceful Provencal life, head to the lovely town of Tourrettes in south-east Franceís Var region. A perched village overlooking the plain between the southern Alps and the Esterel mountains means that not only will you benefit from hiking through stunning countryside and mountains, but you're also close enough to the sea for a fantastic day trip to the beach. Strolling around the town is just as delightful. Surrounded by olive trees, with shady squares and meandering narrow streets, youíll also be rewarded with some fantastic views. Look out for the clock tower and castle. For those feeling active, thereís a great golf course nearby: the Domaine de Terre Blanche, and a gliding centre. Tourrettes has become a mecca for gliding enthusiasts all over the world. For sightseers, itís a spectacle.