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Share this stage on the French Riviera with film stars and artists and learn about the Roman occupation in the walled cities.

Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur is a luxurious region attracting celebrities and sunbathers. The renowned Cannes Film Festival, opulent resort towns and quaint historic centers make this area famous.

Learn about blended cultures in the metropolis of Marseille for a deeper understanding of France. The country’s second-largest city is split into arrondissements, much like Paris. Visit the quaint Vieux Port (Old Port of Marseille), over which the magnificent Fort Saint-Jean looms. Marvel at the intricate façades of the cathedrals La Major and Notre-Dame du Mont. See the city’s renowned limestone cliffs and inlets in Calanques National Park.

A little north is the charming fortified town of Avignon. Wander within the Avignon City Walls and visit the Avignon Cathedral. Tour the Palais des Papes and traverse the four remaining arches of the famous medieval Pont d’Avignon. Wander through the quaint cobbled streets of neighboring Aix-en-Provence and learn about one of France’s greatest artists at Atelier de Cézanne.

Travel east to the port town of Toulon and then Saint-Tropez, where the rich and famous sunbathe. Continue to reach Cannes, Antibes and the hilltop pottery-producing commune of Biot. Nice is famous for its artists, museums and coastal paths, notably the Promenade des Anglais and the Quai des États Unis.

Farther north are ski destinations, including Vars-Risoul, Serre Chevalier and Montgenèvre in the Alpes du Sud region.

Indulge yourself with the array of cheeses, wines and olives from this flourishing region.

Expect sunny, hot summers on the Côte d’Azur with mild to cold winters. In spring experience the fascinating mistral winds. Higher altitudes in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence bring stormy summers and freezing winters.

This picturesque region runs from the Italian border west to the Rhône River and from the Mediterranean Sea to the French Alps. Fly to Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport or Marseille Provence Airport and get around the area by rental car or train.

Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur is the perfect blend of beaches, ski resorts and quaint villages with historical appeal.

Popular cities in Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur

Vieux Port featuring boating and a marina
Known for Port, Business and Café
Escape to France’s historic southern port city to experience its picture-perfect coastline, cosmopolitan café culture and more than 26 centuries of history.

Reasons to visit

  • Old Port of Marseille
  • La Corniche
  • Prado Market
Nice featuring a coastal town and a beach as well as a large group of people
Known for Dining, Beach View and Shopping
Unofficial capital of the French Riviera, this glamorous seaside city has been one of France’s most popular tourist destinations since the 18th century.

Reasons to visit

  • Promenade des Anglais
  • Place Massena
  • Avenue Jean Medecin
Known for Beach View, Dining and Shopping
Cannes is host of a world-famous film festival and is known for its beaches, luxury hotels and glamorous visitors.

Reasons to visit

  • Promenade de la Croisette
  • Midi Beach
  • Cannes Harbour
Monaco featuring a coastal town, a bay or harbour and a city
Known for Sea, Casino and Port
Dine in fine restaurants, admire extravagant yachts and sports cars, or duck into the famous Monte Carlo Casino for a high-stakes game of blackjack.

Reasons to visit

  • Monte Carlo Formula 1 Track
  • Casino Monte Carlo
  • Grimaldi Forum
Saint-Raphael which includes island images, rugged coastline and château or palace
Known for Marina, Golf and Spa
Hiking and scuba diving are among the many activities in this coastal town with sandy beaches at the core of the Côte d’Azur.

Reasons to visit

  • Frejus Beach
  • Esterel Massif
  • Missiri Mosque
Known for Historical, Walking and Café

Reasons to visit

  • Cours Mirabeau
  • Saint-Sauveur Cathedral