Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur promises unexpected holiday experiences, heavenly beaches and landscapes, unforgettable encounters and a buzzing cultural life.
Enjoy the unexpected: sun, sea, flavours & lifestyle
In Provence, time passes at the gentle pace of the local lifestyle – and at the pace of your desire for new experiences and surprising encounters! Head to Marseille, Saint-Tropez or La Ciotat to relish a glass of rosé wine on the port as you gaze at the old-fashioned “pointu” fishing boats bobbing on the waves. In Arles and Avignon, climb aboard for a voyage back in time to the architectural treasures of Roman and medieval times and a foray into exceptional, sun-drenched and colourful sceneries. Endless vines, lavender fields, the dizzying Verdon Canyon and the Calanques sea cliffs are all on the programme too. Not forgetting the Camargue, a wild jewel of Provence, where bulls, horses and pink flamingos thrive in a unique biotope. Wherever your travels lead you, you will meet many wonderfully-generous men and women with a lilting southern accent, passionate about their region and always delighted to offer you unexpected and unforgettable holiday experiences.
The French Southern Alps
A pure setting that promises sports and well-being
Head inland to revel in the pure and crystal-clear air of the French Southern Alps, where verdant meadows, snowy peaks and raw, stony slopes form the wild kingdom of marmots, chamois and ibex goats. Crossed by impetuous rivers, these unbridled and untamed landscapes are a haven for outdoor activities including hiking and winter sports. In fine weather, try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding or kitesurfing on Serre-Ponçon lake. The French Alps’ pure and preserved natural scenery also provides the perfect setting for reflection and contemplation. Simply wrap up in a snug blanket and gaze at the stars twinkling above the snowy peaks. You can even enjoy a unique encounter with wolves in Parc National du Mercantour. As you tour the French Southern Alps, you will also discover the fascinating architectural legacy of Vauban in Briançon and Mont-Dauphin, beautifully-crafted local woodwork and earthenware, and delicious culinary specialities overflowing with authenticity.
The Côte d’Azur
More than just glitter, a hub of sports and culture
The buzzing and irresistible French Riviera beats to the rhythm of a packed events schedule, attracting flocks of visitors from the world over. Cameras flash and sequins sparkle at the Cannes Film Festival, bodies and hearts dance at the Nice Carnival and colourful citrus fruit fill the air with their heady scents at the Fête du Citron in Menton. A temple of perfume creation, symbolized by the iconic town of Grasse, the French Riviera is a Garden of Eden of flowers, offering a never-ending firework display of colours, fragrances and creations. Pablo Picasso‘s favourite holiday destination, also adored by Jean Cocteau, the Côte d’Azur also boasts a strong artistic and cultural identity. Further inland, the hubbub of the coast gives way to the multicoloured landscapes of Parc National du Mercantour and time-honoured geological sites such as the aptly-named Vallée des Merveilles.
PROVENCE-ALPES-CÔTE D’AZUR LIFESTYLE
The generous warmth of Provence, the assertive character of the Alps and the vibrant sparkle of the Côte d’Azur. In Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur, each area has its own lifestyle.
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NATURAL AREAS OF PROVENCE-ALPES-CÔTE D'AZUR
Welcome to Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France's top destination for 100% green tourism. Home to 4 national parks, 9 regional nature reserves, countless protected areas and a myriad of quality-certified eco-tourism establishments and service providers, there's something for every nature lover in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.