Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur

France
Provence - Alpes - Cote d\'Azur showing flowers

Share this stage on the French Riviera with film stars and artists and learn about the Roman occupation in the walled cities.

Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur is a luxurious region attracting celebrities and sunbathers. The renowned Cannes Film Festival, opulent resort towns and quaint historic centers make this area famous.

Learn about blended cultures in the metropolis of Marseille for a deeper understanding of France. The country’s second-largest city is split into arrondissements, much like Paris. Visit the quaint Vieux Port (Old Port of Marseille), over which the magnificent Fort Saint-Jean looms. Marvel at the intricate façades of the cathedrals La Major and Notre-Dame du Mont. See the city’s renowned limestone cliffs and inlets in Calanques National Park.

A little north is the charming fortified town of Avignon. Wander within the Avignon City Walls and visit the Avignon Cathedral. Tour the Palais des Papes and traverse the four remaining arches of the famous medieval Pont d’Avignon. Wander through the quaint cobbled streets of neighboring Aix-en-Provence and learn about one of France’s greatest artists at Atelier de Cézanne.

Travel east to the port town of Toulon and then Saint-Tropez, where the rich and famous sunbathe. Continue to reach Cannes, Antibes and the hilltop pottery-producing commune of Biot. Nice is famous for its artists, museums and coastal paths, notably the Promenade des Anglais and the Quai des États Unis.

Farther north are ski destinations, including Vars-Risoul, Serre Chevalier and Montgenèvre in the Alpes du Sud region.

Indulge yourself with the array of cheeses, wines and olives from this flourishing region.

Expect sunny, hot summers on the Côte d’Azur with mild to cold winters. In spring experience the fascinating mistral winds. Higher altitudes in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence bring stormy summers and freezing winters.

This picturesque region runs from the Italian border west to the Rhône River and from the Mediterranean Sea to the French Alps. Fly to Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport or Marseille Provence Airport and get around the area by rental car or train.

Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur is the perfect blend of beaches, ski resorts and quaint villages with historical appeal.

Popular cities in Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur

Vieux Port showing a marina and boating
Marseille
Known for Ports, Business and Cafes
Marseilles is Europe's last major metropolis before Africa. It's a multicultural city full of contrasts, where every neighbourhood is a little piece of a grand urban and maritime history.

Reasons to visit

  • Grand Port Maritime de Marseille
  • Le Dôme
  • Notre-Dame de la Garde
Nice which includes a sandy beach and a coastal town as well as a large group of people
Nice
Known for Dining, Beach view and Shopping
Nestled in one of France's most beautiful bays, Nice is amazing as much for its turquoise waters and its sprawling beaches as for its scents and accents of Provence.

Reasons to visit

  • Albert 1st Gardens
  • Marc Chagall National Museum
  • Nice Etoile Shopping Center
Monaco which includes general coastal views, a bay or harbour and a coastal town
Monaco
Known for Sea, Casinos and Ports
Dine in fine restaurants, admire extravagant yachts and sports cars, or duck into the famous Monte Carlo Casino for a high-stakes game of blackjack.

Reasons to visit

  • Casino Monte Carlo
  • Grimaldi Forum
  • Casino Square
Cannes
Cannes
Known for Beach view, Dining and Shopping
The seaside city of Cannes, city of cinema and a symbol of year-round easy living, has numerous attractions that won't fail to impress.

Reasons to visit

  • Palace of Festivals and Conferences
  • Cannes Harbour
  • Museum of the Sea
Aix-en-Provence
Aix-en-Provence
Known for Historical, Walking and Cafes
The former capital of Provence is a city of art and history, and you can discover its charming centre bathed in glorious sunshine.

Reasons to visit

  • Cours Mirabeau
Provence featuring religious aspects, a church or cathedral and interior views
Hyeres
Known for Sailing, Marinas and Ferries and boats
Situated on the shore of the Mediterranean, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, Hyères and its peninsula offer a real touch of the exotic.

Reasons to visit

  • Giens Peninsula