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Things to see in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Monuments

This region rich with history and culture conceals many traces of its strongly artistic past.
You will discover holy art from the Middle Ages in the Cistercian abbeys in the hills, in the small churches dating from the Counter-Reformation era located along the road connecting the Alpes-Maritimes to Imperia, in the cathedrals, like Notre-Dame de la Garde in Marseilles, and in the Palais des Papes in Avignon.

Arts and culture

The colours of Provence have fascinated and inspired countless artists, especially painters. Van Gogh is a name that quickly comes to mind. The artist spent 15 months in Arles and it was precisely at this time that he revolutionised his painting.
Today there is a gallery in Arles in memory of Van Gogh, created by his artist friends.
Cézanne also chose to paint in the region and his studio can be found in Lauves.

The fauna and flora

The flora in the Provence-Alpes-Côtes d'Azur region is very diverse. As for the fauna, in an environment rich with the scent of resin and other intoxicating tree species you may come across deer, wild boar, grass snakes, lizards and other animals, all as you listen to the cicadas singing while saying to yourself: "we're definitely in the south!" An excellent place to discover the nature of Provence is undoubtedly the Lubéron Regional Natural Park. Between the scrubland, the cliffs, the gorges and the rivers, this park is committed to preserving its biodiversity by protecting the many species living in it, all in collaboration with the 5 regional natural parks of the Côte d'Azur.

Coasts

Nestled between the mountains of Provence, the Alps, and the Mediterranean, the coast benefits from a mild and pleasant climate and has vegetation boasting vibrant colours. Golden beaches, red rocks, and clear waters make up the landscape of the French Riviera.
You will be able to discover the varied panoramas of the Mediterranean coast, the typical limestone cliffs between Marseilles and Cassis, and the Camargue in the area surrounding the Rhône River Delta.

Activities and leisure

Benefiting from glorious views of the Mediterranean Sea, the region offers a wide range of sport and leisure activities, attracting both tourists and locals to the water. In addition to water sports, you can take advantage of the languorous side of life, specific to Marseilles.

Enogastronomy

The diverse cuisine reflects the natural environment of the region and its mild climate, which favours horticulture and thus the production of wines, oils, spices, flavourings, and sauces. Fish-based specialities ranging from fish soup to Dauphiné-style cuisine, plus products from the mountains like honey and jam, pastries and pastis; the gastronomy of this region is one of the most diverse and refined in France.

Night Life

The towns of the French Riviera have always been synonymous with urbane life, holidays, and leisure activities. You will have a choice between the ritzy casinos, restaurants offering traditional regional dishes, and cellars where you can taste the local wines. Between the sea and the mountains, the region offers all types of activities to satisfy any taste. Whether you choose the chic cities of Cannes and Saint-Tropez, the multicultural city of Marseilles, or the holiday destinations in the Alps, you are guaranteed to have a pleasant stay.

Sports and activties

The region lends itself to a wide range of sports activities which will enable you to take advantage of the surrounding nature and discover magnificent scenery.
You can enjoy winter sports in the mountains, water sports along the coast, or the countless hiking trails and walks along the coves. Plus, you will never be too far away from the region's huge golf course, considered to be one of the most beautiful in France.