Plan de la Tour is a little village surrounded by forests of pines and oaks, a wonderful spot for setting out on hikes. It offers the tranquillity and charm of a village in the shade of plane trees, where a certain easy-going lifestyle is the rule.
The small and quiet community is today best known because Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis became part-time residents in 2001, when Depp bought a 37-acre estate, including an entire hameau (hamlet) of stone buildings built in 1812.
7 Place Georges Clémenceau – Open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 12.30pm & from 2pm to 5.30pm – 0033 (0)4 94 43 28 27
Place Maréchal Foch – Open from Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 12pm & from 3.30pm to 5.30pm – 0033 (0)4 94 55 07 55
1 Avenue du Général Leclerc – Open from Monday to Saturday from 6.30am to 1pm & from 3.30pm to 7pm – Sunday from 6.30am to 1pm – 0033 (0)4 94 43 01 54
1 Place Maréchal Foch – Open from Monday to Saturday from 7am to 1pm & from 3.30pm to 7.30pm – Sunday from 7am to 1.30pm – 0033 (0)4 94 43 71 33
Pharmacie du Plan de la Tour : 3 Rue Jean Jaurès – Open from Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm – Saturday from 9am to 1pm & from 3pm to 7pm – Closed on Sunday – 0033 (0)4 94 43 71 06
Things to Do
Cultural & historical sites
Menhir of Prat-Bourdin
Menhir of Prat-Bourdin or the Enchanted Stone Meadow is 1.95m high, it is not in its original location as it was moved in the modern era to serve as a demarcation stone. It is the imperturbable witness of the Neolithic period and the presence of men in those times.
You cannot leave the village without a detour by the Paulety Tower, built by Paulety, a notary in Grimaud, in the early XIV century. He wanted to protect his valets and his “workers” by erecting a high tower. Several years later, with the number of farmers increasing, the field was divided and a medieval bastide was built in the plain under the name of “Plan de la Tour”.
The Parish Church of Saint-Pierre-Saint-Martin
The Parish Church of Saint-Pierre-Saint-Martin was built at the end of the XVIII century. Its size and style does not lack charm. Inside there is a set of homogeneous liturgical furniture of quality, dating from the XIX century as well as stained glass windows. The bell tower and its campanile house a clock, its beautiful mechanism is visible at the entrance of the church.
The Saint-Martin Fountain
The fountain in the Saint-Martin district reminds us that running water did not flow in all the houses and that many public fountains were available to the inhabitants.
The rocking Bridge
The rocking bridge installed at the crossroads of Quatre-Chemins was active between 1911 and 1996. Witness of the agricultural past of our town, it weighed the carts and trucks loaded with grapes, wood, cork, dung and other commodities.
Saint-Pons was a former Roman senator converted to Christianity. He brought not only “the good news” but also the relief of physical ailments, hence his nickname : “the Holy Protector of the Countryside”.Celebrated on May 11th or the nearest Sunday, this festival was originally “fair day”. On this occasion a Mass is said in Provençal accompanied by the blessing of animals (formerly horses, donkeys, oxen, …), bread and farm equipment.
It is the traditional festival of the village. It is a very old local festival, it goes back to 1792 and was celebrated the first Sunday of August.Saint-Pierre left his imprint in the church with a lifelike statue and the altar in gilded wood. There are remains of the Saint-Pierre Chapel at the entrance of the village.Today, it takes place on the last weekend of July and offers animations for children.
The festival of the donkey and of the rural world is organized by the association “friends of the donkeys of the Moors” during the festival of Saint-Pons.
Food & Drink
La Tour du Plan
This old building dating back to the XIX century was formerly a relay for travelers. It has become famous since Georges Clemenceau stayed there.Provencal cuisine is served in this contemporary restaurant with a shaded terrace. There are 2 atmospheres, inside, a pleasant room with a discreet decor. Outside, a shaded terrace surrounded by ancient stones – 5 rue Jean Jaurès – Open everyday from 12pm to 2.30pm & from 7.30pm to 10pm – 0033 (0)4 94 43 70 05
Le Temps des Copains
This friendly restaurant offers traditional and refined cuisine with fresh and local market produce.It offers different menus every week as well as musical evenings. From the 01st February to the 15th June, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday lunch & Thursday, Friday and Saturday for lunch and dinner Open every day for lunch & dinner from the 06th June to the 14th September – From the 15th September to the 15th November, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday lunch & Thursday, Friday and Saturday for lunch and dinner – 7 Place Clemenceau – 0033 (0)4 94 43 75 28
Le Bon Coin
Sophie welcomes you in her colorful and warm establishment. The pancakes are made in front of you. The menu offers a large choice of savory & sweet pancakes, burgers and a delicious brunch served on Sunday morning on the open terrace with a view of the authentic square in the village – 66 Rue de l’Horloge – Open every day from the 01st March to the 30th September from 10am to 2.30pm & from 6.30pm to 10pm – 0033 (0)6 86 69 79 83
A traditional Provençal market is held every Thursday morning. Here you’ll find typical Provençal products such as Tapenade, cheese, charcuterie as well as fresh fruit & vegetables.
In the XIV century, the village was ravaged by wars and the Plague, then finally abandoned. Repopulating began in 1557 on the initiative of the abbeys of Thoronet, who owned the village at the time. In the XVI century, in these wide plains with their abundant springs – which continue to flow even during the Summer drought – several farming settlements appeared. Initially housing members of the same family, these farm buildings subsequently spread to become today’s small hamlets. Saint-Martin, which forms the centre of the current village, became the community’s seat. During the Revolution, the village requested separation from La Garde-Freinet and Plan de la Tour was made independent on May 26th 1792.