Mythic and legendary, the world-known French Riviera located between the Alps, the Italian border and the Mediterranean Sea is one of the most idyllic and famous destinations for holidaymakers.
With a mild and sunny climate all year round, this delightful region stretches along the coastline of Var and the Alpes-Maritimes and boasts many sites waiting to be discovered!
Appreciated by visitors seeking for relaxation and discoveries, the Côte d’Azur is worldwide renowned for its deemed places like Cannes, Nice, Monaco or Saint Tropez, its seaside resorts (Juan-les-Pins, Sainte-Maxime or Hyères), its stunning white sandy and shingle beaches, wild creeks (Esterel), its prestigious baroque heritage as well as its picturesque little villages such as Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Èze and Bormes-les-Mimosas.
Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur is not only a coastline. The pleasant Provençal region further North is as popular as the shoreline for artists, old stone houses and nature lovers. Take the opportunity to get lost in its peaceful hills where cicadas sing in summer time, have a stroll through olive groves and lavender fields, smell thyme and rosemary from the bushes and do not miss the impressive Verdon gorges and magnificent Cassis’ coves!
Moreover, the area features outstanding hilltop villages (Luberon) and many gorgeous cultural sites such as the ancient Popes’ city of Avignon, Aix-en-Provence old city center, Arles antique arenas, the Sainte-Victoire Mount captured by artist painter Paul Cézanne, the charming little city of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, the majestic citadel of Sisteron or the quaint village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie and its splendid earthenware.
Thanks to the Alps mountain range, the PACA region also amazes mountain and outdoor activity enthusiasts. Indeed, countless hiking trails are to be explored in the Mercantour National Park, Queyras regional Park and the Ecrins National Park, and plenty of dynamic ski resorts are to be visited. Amongst them, Serre Chevalier, Montgenèvre, La Foux d’Allos, Auron, Isola 2000 and Valberg provide many activities for adults and children alike!
For water-sport-with-mountain-setting lovers, lakes like Serre-Ponçon lake are unmistakable.
Finally, the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur is also renowned for its colorful markets, its tasty cuisine and its scrumptious specialities such as its olive oil, tapenade, vegetable tian, Sisteron lamb, Banon cheese, Cavaillon melon, Menton lemons, calissons from Aix or its honey.