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:
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.
St.Tropez is not a large town, with a population of just under 6,000 people, however with its scenic setting and reputation for good living it is still a very popular tourist destination and in the summer months gets quite crowded as the influx of tourist swell the number of people wanting to be, and be seen, here, especially along the quayside where the large, luxurious yachts are berthed.
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.
Arles is listed on three different types of UNESCO World heritage lists. Arles is the gateway to the Camargue, the delta of the Rhône River, among the most beautiful natural sites in Europe. Its fauna and flora, protected by the Regional Park of Camargue, are exceptionally rich and varied. To the north of the city stretches the Regional Park of the Alpilles, the second park in the Arles area, with agricultural land and Mediterranean forests, habitat for more than one hundred rare or protected species.
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
- Antibes (includes Juan-les-Pins)
- La Seyne-sur-Mer
- Le Cannet
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