Welcome to Provence - Alpes - Côte d'Azur
Welcome to the South-East of France! An area with a great variety of landscapes and activities that will surprise you and where you will be able to get to know the most fun and natural side of France.
Its landscapes full of contrasts, with impressive beaches and elements of heritage that show part of its culture, make this region one of the most sought-after destinations among tourists from all over the world.
The capital, Marseille, offers a wide range of options to make the most of your visit to the southeast of France. Moreover, its port will offer you one of the most romantic walks you can imagine. Take advantage of your trip to the region to enjoy the culture that lies in its limits, which are Italy and the Mediterranean Sea, charming spaces within the frontiers of which you will spend your best holiday. Enjoy it!
It is known as the French Riviera. A place with an unbeatable location between the Alps, Italy and the Mediterranean where you can take a break between these changing landscapes that offer very different types of tourism.
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What to see
If you travel to this area of France, we recommend that you spend a few days here since the local entertainment offer is very wide and varied.
We couldn’t possibly mention all the places you have to visit in one sitting, but we will give you a few tips to discover the most interesting places.
Would you like to visit the oldest city in France? Then Marseille and its Old Harbour will open their doors for you to spend a quiet day. We have also mentioned Aix-en-Provence, but we extend the list with the city of Arles, which has a large number of historical and artistic spaces, as well as the remains of some old buildings.
As for the natural areas, the islands of Hyères will allow you to take a stroll along its beaches, or the bay of Pampelonne, in Saint Tropez. The National Park of Calanques or the Esterel Massif will make you walk along incredible paths.
We cannot forget to mention the Cannes Festival, because seeing how the city dresses up its streets when this festival is held is one of the best experiences. Are you looking for luxury? Well, in Monaco you will find everything you are looking for.
In short, an endless number of things to do and places to visit.
What to eat
The area in which this region is located makes it a perfect place to access different types of food that, together, conform the basis of its gastronomy.
Some of the pillars in the kitchens of this region call for the famous o herbs of Provence, or its olives, with which French olive oil and the famous tapenade are made.
Other typical products are the bread in its different versions, and in this case, socca and fougasse that usually accompany the well-known Mediterranean aioli. A perfect snack for lunchtime that will give way to more consistent dishes.
Some of them are the ratatouille, made exclusively with vegetables, and a typical Marseille fish stew called bouillabaisse, and its unmissable companion, rouille sauce. All this washed down with a good wine and topped with its aniseed liqueur will make you have one of the best gastronomic experiences you can imagine.
The combination of natural spaces to relax, with unique corners where you can enjoy leisure and activity makes Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur a perfect destination for any type of traveller.
Among the places that we encourage you to enjoy at a natural level, we recommend without a doubt its spectacular beaches that fill up with tourists especially in the summer season. Juan les Pins, or Hyères are undoubtedly two of the ideal places to enjoy the sand and the sound of the sea.
As for the villages, Saint Paul de Vence, a place that has inspired artists such as Matisse or Modigliani, will make you enjoy a spectacular view of the Mediterranean, combined with their medieval essence.
There are many other villages where you can try their local gastronomy, which is among the most exquisite ones of the world, and which offers you unique recipes full of flavour in dishes such as lamb, cheese or the famous Provence honey.
There are a lot of events and celebrations you can enjoy in the area, but we are going to show you just a few, so that you can discover the rest by yourself.
Starting with the most renowned one of the list, the Cannes Film Festival is one of the most attractive events in this region, and not only for cinema lovers. Which event can gather up the most recognized actors per square meter? Without a doubt, this one. It is held by mid-May so if you want to see your favourite actor or actress from up close, you know where to go.
Other celebrations to take into account are the Avignon Festival in July, or the lemon festival, perhaps one of the longest as it lasts from February to March in Menton, with this product as the main element.
Without a doubt, the Nice Carnival is one of the funniest and most colourful ones in the country, where music, dance and food accompany the laughter as you watch the more than 20 floats full of flowers go by.
And like these, you will find here many others with and endless list of charming attractions for you to discover.