What's new in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur in 2023?

A concentrate of renewal to be savored without moderation, all year long in the Alps, Provence and Côte d’Azur in this latest What’s New. The region of happiness presents its good food, its landscapes, its know-how and its hospitality.

Published on 28 February 2023


We’re celebrating lots of anniversaries in 2023, first and foremost the 150th birthday of Nice Carnival, followed by the 50th anniversary of the death of Picasso on April 8th. This tireless explorer of 20th century art set up home in Provence and on the Côte d’Azur. In 1973, Chagall, another “genius of happiness”, inaugurated his museum in Nice. 50 years ago too, Écrins National Park was made official. Ten years later, in 1963, Port-Cros National Park – the world’s first marine park – was born.

Sixty is also the venerable age of the Musée Matisse in Nice. And in 2023, the Villa Noailles in Hyères is celebrating 100 years of eternal youth…



The region continues to attract creators and lovers of all things beautiful. The 2023 season will be heralding the inauguration of the Fondation Niel on Giens peninsula and Fondation Hartung Bergman installations in Antibes. The Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul-de-Vence – the most famous of them all – is reopening in July. Our public museums are joining in the party too, with a breathtaking facelift for the Musée d’Histoire et d’Art in Bormes-les-Mimosas, and refurbishment and extension of the magnificent palace harbouring the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Draguignan.

Stretching from Arles to Menton, the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Modern & Contemporary Art Route encompasses 63 collections and remarkable venues at the heart of always-astonishing sites.


From Hameau des Pesquiers in Hyères-les-Palmiers to the Villa Puebla in Barcelonnette, in the Southern Alps, the region’s new hotels and guest houses offer the combined pleasures of comfort and eco-friendliness.

The Croisette in Cannes is going greener too, with icons such as the Carlton, Martinez, Majestic and new Mondrian bedecked with gardens that promise to instil the town with a breath of fresh air. Testifying to this resolute eco-commitment, Green Key certifications have risen by 40%. What’s more, the region is the proud home of France’s first “carbon-neutral” beaches.


Around fifty official Games Preparation Centres are gearing up to welcome athletes prepping for the 2024 Olympic Games, with an Olympic sailing test event scheduled in the Bay of Marseille in early July. In September, skippers will be training for the 2024 America’s Cup off the coast of Saint-Tropez. Meanwhile, Nice – the traditional venue for the Ironman France triathlon challenge every June – will be hosting the final of the men’s Ironman World Championship in September for the first time in 40 years. In September too, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur will be welcoming the Rugby World Cup France 2023, in parallel with the first ever World Amateur Rugby Festival.


Designated an “ecological planning pilot area“, the region is experimenting with a plethora of new, virtuous practises that are set to make both visitors and local inhabitants happy. Respecting natural areas sometimes means limiting the number of people who visit them and shining a spotlight on “unexpected places”. It means encouraging solidarity-based gastronomy that uses short circuits, promoting company and artisan tours, and planting the seeds of the agro-ecological transition. Born in 1823, famous naturalist Jean-Henri Fabre’s passion lives on at his gardenHarmas, now reopened to the public: “Everything ends so that everything can begin again, everything dies so that everything can live“. Brad Pitt echoes his sentiment two centuries later: “In nature, anything that is left over becomes food for something else”. The actor is intent on rediscovering “nature’s original, waste-free beauty“.