Attractions in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

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The region of Province-Alpes-Cote d`Azur invokes images of fields filled with lavender and azure blue waters washing golden sandy beaches, a visit to the region does not disappoint. 

The region of Province-Alpes-Cote d`Azur, whose coastline is known in English as the French Riviera, and in French as the Côte d’Azur, borders the Mediterranean Sea to the south and includes the glamorous cities of Nice, Saint-Laurent-du-Var, Antibes, Juan-les-Pins, Cannes, Fréjus, Saint-Raphaël, Sainte-Maxime and Saint-Tropez. This area is a hugely popular tourist attraction during the summer months and is one of the most visited region in France.

Numerous famous natural sites can be found in the region, as the Gorges du Verdon, the Calanques National Park and the typical landscape of Luberon. Provence hosts dozens of renowned historical sites like the Pont du Gard, the Arles’ Roman Monuments or the Palais des Papes in Avignon. Several smaller cities also attracts a lot of tourists, like Aix-en-Provence, La Ciotat or Cassis, on the Mediterranean Sea coastline.

Province-Alpes-Cote d`Azur has two of the most busiest airports in France: Nice Côte d’Azur Airport and Marseille Provence Airport.

Marseille is France’s largest commercial port and largest French city on the Mediterranean coast. Marseille is the capital of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, as well as the capital of the Bouches-du-Rhône department.

The region of Province-Alpes-Cote d`Azur encompasses six departments in south-eastern France, bounded to the east by the Italian border, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea and by the principality of Monaco, to the north by Rhône-Alpes, and to the west by Languedoc-Roussillon, with the Rhône river marking its westernmost border. The six departments are:

  • Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
  • Hautes-Alpes
  • Alpes-Maritime
  • Bouches-du-Rhône
  • Var
  • Vaucluse

See also: Cities in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Marseille

Marseille is the second largest city in France after Paris. Marseille is France’s largest commercial port and largest French city on the Mediterranean coast. Marseille is the capital of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, as well as the capital of the Bouches-du-Rhône department.

Marseille

Attractions

The Palais des Papes is a historical palace in Avignon, southern France, one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe. One time fortress and palace, the papal residence was the seat of Western Christianity during the 14th century.

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The Verdon Gorge is the second largest canyon in the world, behind the grand canyon, in south-eastern France, is a river canyon that is often considered to be one of Europe’s most beautiful. It is about 25 kilometers long and up to 700 meters deep.

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Saint-Tropez is a town, 104 km to the east of Marseille, in the Vardepartment of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of southeastern France. It is also the principal town in the canton of Saint-Tropez.

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Col de Turini (el. 1607 m) is a high mountain pass in the Alps in the department of Alpes-Maritimes in France. It lies near Sospel, between the communes of Moulinet and La Bollène-Vésubie in the Arrondissement of Nice. It is famous for a stage of the Monte Carlo Rally which is held on the tight road with its many hairpin turns.

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Montmajour Abbey – Abbaye Notre Dame de Montmajour, is a fortified Benedictine monastery built between the 10th and 13th century on what was then an island five kilometers north of Arles, in the Bouches-du Rhône département, Provence, in the south of France.

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The Tropaeum Alpium (Latin for “Victory Monument of the Alp s”, French: Trophée des Alpes), was built by the Romans for the emperor Augustus to celebrate his definitive victory over the ancient tribes which populated the Alps. The mounument’s remains are in the commune of La Turbie (France), a few kilometers from the Principality of Monaco

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Grasse is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department, on the French Riviera. The town is considered as the world’s capital of perfume. It obtained two flowers in the Concours des villes et villages fleuris contest and was made “Ville d’Art et d’Histoire” (town of art and history).

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Argentière is a picturesque skiing, alpine walking and mountaineering village in the French Alps, part of the commune of Chamonix Mont Blanc. Altitude: 1252m (4101 ft.).

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With the roads becoming more and more congested, exploring Provence has become more difficult over recent years. Now there is a great way to see more of the superb scenery of the area and take on some gentle excercise at the same time. Vélorail is a giant Bicycle which runs along a railway track, it is basically made up of two bicycles with a bench between them for passengers

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The Pont Saint-Bénezet , also known as the Pont d’Avignon is a famous medieval bridge in the town of Avignon, in southern France. The bridge originally spanned the Rhône River between Avignon and Villeneuve-lès-Avignon on the left bank. It was built between 1171 and 1185, with an original length of some 900 m

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Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is a French seaside palazzo constructed between 1905 and 1912 at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat on the French Riviera by Baroness Béatrice de Rothschild (1864–1934) in the Goût Rothschild. It was designed by the Belgian architect Aaron Messiah.

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Grimaud & Port Grimaud. The medieval village of Grimaud is perched on the hillside with spectacular views overlooking the Gulf of St.Tropez.The village is dominated by its 11th century castle which commanded the whole of the Gulf which was until the end of the 17th century called the Gulf of Grimaud. From the quiet, peaceful hillside setting of the Village of Grimaud, we move down to the charming, bustling Port Grimaud. This seaside town was created in the 1960s by architect François Spoerry. The colourful French ‘fishermans’ style houses resemble those in St.Tropez,

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Notre-Dame de la Garde is a basilica located in Marseille, France. This ornate Neo-Byzantine church is situated at the highest natural point in Marseille, a 162 m (532 ft) limestone outcrop on the south side of the Old Port. As well as being a major local landmark, it is the site of a popular annual pilgrimage every Assumption Day (August 15)

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Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume lies in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of France and is named after Mary Magdalene. The Basilica houses the skull believed to belong to the saint.

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Cities

The largest cities in the region are Marseille, capital city of the region, Nice, Toulon, and Aix-en-Provence.

Cities in Province-Alpes-Cote d`Azur

  • Aix-en-Provence
  • Antibes (includes Juan-les-Pins)
  • Arles
  • Aubagne
  • Avignon
  • Cannes
  • Draguignan
  • Fréjus
  • Grasse
  • Hyères
  • La Seyne-sur-Mer
  • Le Cannet
  • Mandelieu-la-Napoule
  • Marseille
  • Martigues
  • Mougins
  • Nice
  • Toulon
  • Villeneuve-Loubet

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