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Guide of Provence-Alps-French Riviera

Tourism, holidays & weekends in Provence-Alps-French Riviera

Guide of Provence-Alps-French Riviera - Tourism, holidays & weekends in Provence-Alps-French Riviera

Iconic and legendary, the famous French Riviera is a top destination for holidaymakers, nestled between the Alps, the Italian border and the Mediterranean Sea. Enjoying a mild and sunny climate all year round, this pleasant territory stretching along the Var and Alpes-Maritimes coast offers no shortage of sites to discover! Always popular with fans of sightseeing and sunbathing, the Côte d'Azur is famous the world over for its famous destinations like Cannes, Nice, Monaco and Saint-Tropez. The lively seaside resorts like Juan-les-Pins, Sainte-Maxime and Hyères, beautiful sandy or stony beaches, the wild creeks of the Estérel, prestigious Baroque heritage, and charming villages like Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Èze and Bormes-les-Mimosas, are among its many must-see attractions.

Another major destination in the region, the famous Provence, so highly prized by artists and lovers of old buildings, is always a byword for charm and the good life. With its peaceful hills where you can hear the crickets chirping, its wonderful fields of lavender and olive trees, its maquis scrubland fragrant with the scent of thyme and rosemary, its impressive Verdon gorges, exceptional calanques (rocky inlets), secluded creeks and sandy beaches, it has something to amaze every visitor. This sought-after land has many attractions, and you can't talk about Provence without mentioning the magnificent hillside villages of Luberon, the old city of the Avignon popes, the old town of Aix-en-Provence, the ancient arenas of Arles, the famous Sainte-Victoire mountain immortalised by the painter Paul Cézanne, the charming small town of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, the majestic citadel of Sisteron or the ceramics made in the picturesque village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie.

The PACA region also includes the Alps and therefore appeals to lovers of the mountains and outdoor activities, with its countless hiking paths weaving through Mercantour National Park, Le Queyras Regional Nature Park and Les Écrins National Park, its renowned ski resorts such as Serre Chevalier, Montgenèvre, La Foux d'Allos, Auron, Isola 2000 and Valberg, as well as the magnificent Lake Serre-Ponçon, a veritable sea in the mountains that's ideal for water sports!

Also popular for its tasty food and ancestral traditions, Provence-Alps-French Riviera clearly has everything a visitor could wish for, with its colourful markets and flavoursome specialities like olive oil, tapenade, tian, Sisteron lamb, Banon cheese, Cavaillon melon, Menton lemons, Calissons d'Aix biscuits and Provence honey.

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Whether or not you're a keen skier, the Alpes region is a choice destination with many treasures in store. The lively and dazzling cities of Grenoble, Chambéry, Sisteron and Briançon are sure to win you over. Its many lakes, Le Bourget, Annecy, Geneva and Serre-Ponçon, are ideal places for relaxation and water sports. The grand canyon of the Verdon Gorges will amaze you, and Chamonix-Mont-Blanc will welcome you to its ski slopes.

French Riviera

The mythical, legendary and very famous French Riviera, nestled between the Alps, the Italian border and the Mediterranean Sea, is a key destination for holidaymakers. Enjoying a mild, sunny climate all year round, this pleasant area encompasses the departments…


With its cicadas, lavender and legends, the southern atmosphere of Provence makes it a wonderful place to be, full of colours and fragrances. Visitors are swept away by the hilltop villages, old buildings, wild garrigue scrubland, the grand canyon of Verdon and the picture postcard landscapes of the beaches and calanques. Avignon, Aix-en-Provence and Arles, all legendary cities, celebrate this colourful land, made even more enjoyable by its delicious gastronomy.

Guide of Provence-Alps-French Riviera


The département of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence offers visitors plenty to see and do, ranging from its wonderful Provençal villages, such as Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, Lurs and Simiane-la-Rotonde, to the lavender landscapes of the Valensole plateau, through the Verdon gorges.


Famous for its Riviera, the département of the Alpes-Maritimes is also well known for its inland countryside recognised for its relaxed pace of life, its hilltop villages and its mountain relief.


The Bouches-du-Rhône have an abundance of magnificent sites, among which the Calanques (deep rocky inlets), the Alpilles, the wild Camargue and famous cities like Marseille and Aix-en-Provence.


Var is known for its legendary village, Saint-Tropez, and its peninsula, but also for its beautiful natural sites, consisting of the Verdon gorges, the Esterel massif and the Massif des Maures mountains.


The Vaucluse has a lot to offer with its Luberon Regional Nature Park, its mount Ventoux, its fields of lavender, its picturesque villages, its olive trees, and its ancient city of the popes, Avignon.


Boasting many beautiful natural sites, the Hautes-Alpes offers plenty for those who love wild scenery, including enjoying the realm of mountains and all associated sports activities, while benefiting from many sunshine hours.

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