Things to do in Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur
Activities, attractions and tours
Top places to visit
1. Old Port of Marseille
A few hours in Marseille’s Vieux Port precinct reveal the cultural and historic hub of the city: a lively promenade flanked by cafés, restaurants and centuries of Mediterranean history. Sandwiched between the old town and the grand Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, Vieux Port is hard to miss and most visitors to Marseille will pass through the area often. Learn about the local history as you discover some of the city’s most popular attractions.
2. Promenade des Anglais
The Promenade Des Anglais is a lively walkway that runs along Nice’s azure coastline. The three-mile (five-kilometer) stretch of pavement is lined with blue and white umbrellas, pebbled beaches and blue sea on one side. Cafés, restaurants and up-market hotels line the other side, separated by a busy road.
3. Monte Carlo Formula 1 Track
Watch from the sidelines as professional drivers race around the Monte Carlo Formula One Track, the route that some call the world’s most difficult grand prix. The twisting streets of Monaco are tricky for the drivers, but undeniably thrilling for the viewers. Visit when the Grand Prix is not running and follow the course through town to see some of the principality’s most recognizable sights.
4. Casino Monte Carlo
Admire the Belle Époque grandeur of Casino Monte-Carlo during a morning tour through its marbled halls. Spend an evening playing at one of its many gambling tables. The elegant venue and smartly dressed patrons make this a popular destination for people looking for a gambling experience of the highest class. The famous casino attracts more than gamblers; it’s also popular among lovers of the arts who come to see ballet, opera and classical music in the Salle Garnier concert hall.
5. Port of Toulon
The Port of Toulon is the principal gateway to the city for those traveling by sea. The ferry port is also a departure point for trips to the island of Corsica. With an attractive promenade and great scenery, the Port of Toulon is a pleasant spot for a stroll.
6. Place Massena
Place Massena is the main square in Nice. The large plaza lies between the Old and New Towns, and is lined with shops and restaurants. It sits at a crossroads of several main boulevards, including the grand Avenue Jean Médecin. Locals flock here on their way to school and work. Stop for a coffee at one of the cafés dotted around the edge of the square and take in the action. The tramway runs through the center of the plaza, but otherwise it’s pedestrian only.
7. Grand Port Maritime de Marseille
Explore the waterfront in Marseille with a trip to Grand Port Maritime de Marseille. Stroll along the seaside or visit the shops in the area.