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Provence - Alpes - Cote d'AzurFrance

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 Cafés

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Reasons to visit
  • Grand Port Maritime de Marseille
  • Le Dôme
  • Borely Park
Nice featuring signage, street scenes and heritage architecture
Nice
Known for Dining, Beaches and Shopping

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Reasons to visit
  • Nice Etoile Shopping Center
  • Place Massena
  • Avenue Jean Medecin
Toulon showing heritage elements and a pebble beach
Toulon - Hyeres
Known for Ports, Marinas and Sandy Beaches

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Reasons to visit
  • Port of Toulon
  • Toulon Beach
  • Mont Faron
Cannes
Cannes
Known for Beaches, Dining and Shopping

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Reasons to visit
  • Cannes Harbour
  • Palace of Festivals and Conferences
  • Cannes City Hall
Sainte-Maxime - Saint-Tropez
Sainte-Maxime - Saint-Tropez
Known for Ports, Relaxing and Fashion

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Reasons to visit
  • Pampelonne Beach
  • Port of Saint Tropez
Saint-Raphael showing island images, landscape views and rugged coastline
Saint-Raphael
Known for Marinas, Golf and Spas

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Reasons to visit
  • Esterel Massif
  • Missiri Mosque