Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur is one of the most enchanting regions in France, combining history, culture and magnificent landscapes. Escape to shimmering Mediterranean beaches strung along the Côte d'Azur, frolic in pastel-coloured lavender fields and explore the snow-capped French Alps.
Things to do in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Marseille, the bustling provincial capital, is a launchpad to Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur. There are excellent neighbourhoods to explore in the city, including charming Vieux Port, which is surrounded by ancient city walls and filled with cafes and brasseries. Admire centuries-old terrace houses in Le Panier and venture into the trendy République quarter to find upscale boutiques and chic cafes.
The French Riviera stretches along the Mediterranean Sea and is one of the most coveted holiday destinations on the planet. Also known as the Côte d'Azur, it’s drenched in more than 300 days of sunshine a year and is home to glamourous beach resorts like Saint-Tropez and Cannes.
Nice is the beating heart of the Côte d'Azur and will charm you with its elegant historic district and excellent museums. Nap under a blue-and-white striped umbrella, cool off in the turquoise water and sip cocktails at a sleek beach club.
Escape to the village of Castellane for a taste of life in the French countryside. The village is a gateway to the magnificent Plateau de Valensole lavender fields, as well as natural wonders like Verdon Gorge. Moustiers Sainte-Marie is another jewel, surrounded by ancient walls and set beneath towering cliffs. It’s easy to see why it’s often crowned one of the most beautiful villages in France.
Like other French regions, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur has developed its own unique flavours and cuisines. Try specialty dishes like “bouillabaisse” fish stew and colourful “ratatouille” made with summer vegetables. Finish your meal with a glass of “pastis” aniseed liqueur and a slab of nougat.
Getting around Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur is easy to get around by road, rail and bus. TGV fast trains run between Paris and Marseille in around three hours. A rental car offers the freedom to explore Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur at your own pace. All cities, towns and villages in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur are pedestrian-friendly.