Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur draws in the tourists with its beaches, its lavender-scented villages, its bustling cities and its mountainous summits.
Each year millions of visitors flock to the beaches in Cannes, Saint-Tropez and Nice or to the hidden bays of the Calanques in Cassis. They also stop off at the offshore islands, the charming Provençal villages swathed in cricket song and the smell of pine trees, and its history-laden cities.
Take a stroll through the Old Port of Marseille, head up to the ‘Bonne-Mère’ Basilica for a breath-taking view of the city, visit the MuCEM Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, drink a pastis and enjoy an authentic bouillabaisse. Hop on a ferry and explore Château d’If, a former prison island, and head off to discover the Calanques.
Avignon, a former papal town famous for its bridge, can be visited on foot. The Palais des Papes papal palace is a splendid 12th-century Gothic medieval building located near the Notre Dame d’Avignon Cathedral.
Follow in the footsteps of Cézanne in Aix-en-Provence, taking a tour of his studio and his family’s country house, Jas de Bouffan, discovering the town as you go.
Stop off in Arles, home of Van Gogh, international capital of photography and former Roman colony, with its many remains, including the ancient theatre, the amphitheatre and the baths.
Enjoy a crisp glass of rosé wine with tapenade in one of the region’s most beautiful villages, Baux-de-Provence, a stone fortress perched on top of a plateau, accessible only via picturesque lanes, or visit Gordes with its houses piled up at the foot of a Renaissance castle, Gassin with its flowery little streets and pastel-coloured façades typical of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, or St Paul de Vence, its ramparts, its narrow streets and its quintessential square edged with century-old plane trees.
The Gorges du Verdon river valley attract lovers of climbing, hiking, canoeing and canyoning.
Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur is served by the airports of Nice and Marseille. High-speed TGV trains connect Marseille, Aix and Avignon to Paris.
Lose yourself in the region’s sunny charm during your holiday in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.