Ramatuelle may be located near the busy, popular Pampelonne Beach, but this peaceful town in the Var region of southeastern France is a far cry from its well-known neighbour. Dominating the Bay of Pampelonne, Ramatuelle itself is nestled amongst beautiful countryside, built on top of a hill to defend against enemies. In the medieval village, you’ll find streets full of ancient stone buildings decorated with bougainvillaea and honey, and historical gateways that once formed part of the town’s defences. You’ll also discover wonderful craft shops and galleries to wander around, and a local market every Thursday and Sunday. Historical sites include The Old Prison, built by Napoleon III, which many believe was actually built as Turkish Baths by The Saracens, and the 16th-century Church of Ramatuelle with its look-out bell tower. Finally, take a walk along the scenic coastal path exploring coves, historical relics and delightful countryside, or make a trip to nearby Gassin, St Tropez or Port Grimaud.