Provence and Côte d'Azur

From the glitz of the French Riviera with its luxurious parties, yachts, and red carpet events in St. Tropez and Cannes to the laid-back villages of Provence, this region has been amply blessed by the gods of geography, weather, and gastronomy. The region's beauty has attracted artists for about 29,000 years, from prehistoric cave painters to ... Read more
Renoir, Matisse and Picasso. Culinary creations are bathed in the region's delectable olive oil and garlic, and the popularity of soups and stews such as bouillabaisse and ratatouille have far eclipsed Provence's borders. Enjoy a boat tour around the white limestone creeks between Marseille and Cassis, sip a glass of rosé at an outdoor cafe in Aix-en-Provence as the sun sets on the pastel-colored buildings, or take a stroll along the Mediterranean in Nice on the Boulevard des Anglais. In the Southeast, life is to be savored. Whatever pace you're going, slow it down and enjoy.

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Popular things to do in Provence and Côte d'Azur

  • Promenade des Anglais
    (100)
    Outdoors, Beaches and Watersports, Plaza
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  • Cannes Beach
    (58)
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  • Palais des Papes
    (46)
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  • Port of Saint Tropez
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When to go

The famous lavender fields of Provence are in full bloom between June and August, when temperatures average in the 70s and 80s F (22-30C). Parisian crowds in this period are in full bloom as well, however, ... Read more
driving prices up and crowding the hotels and shores. May - June and September - October see pleasant sun and lighter crowds; in-the-know travelers often prefer these months since prices are a bit lower and it's much easier to get a table to sip your Pastis in peace! Winter gets cold and may mean enduring a visit from the mistral, a cold, strong wind universally abhorred by the Provencal people.

Popular restaurants in Provence and Côte d'Azur

  • La Voglia
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  • Le Club 55
    (10)
    French, Mediterranean
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  • Le Baoli
    (10)
    French
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  •  L'Oasis
    (6)
    ££££
    French
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Los Angeles

Arguably the most beautiful region in France, this area is a great alternative to Paris to explore French life and culture.

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PROVENCE
The Provence is a geographical region and historical province of south-eastern France, which extends from the left bank of the lower Rhone River on the West to the Italian border on the east, and bordered by the Mediterranean Sea on the south. It largely corresponds with the modern administrative region of Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur, and includes the departements of Var, Bouches-du-Rhone, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and parts of Alpes-Maritimes and Vaucluse. The largest city of the region is Marseille. The Provence has a long and interesting history. The cuisine of Provence Is the result of the warm, dry Mediterranean climate and of course seafood. Fish frequently found on menus in Provence are rouget, a small red fish usually eaten grilled and loup (known elsewhere in France as the Bar), often grilled with fennel over the wood of grapevines. Bouillabaisse is the classic seafood dish of Marseille. And Ratatouille is a traditional dish of stewed vegetables, which originated in Nice.

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Bedford

This famous region has so much to offer, from the expected (wine and lavender) to the surprising (modern cities, world class museums and great activities). There is something here for everyone and enough to keep you busy for weeks, no matter what time of year you visit.

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Bedford

The picturesque region is a dream! You'll find everything from quaint towns to large cities, with a stunning landscape of mountains, farmland and coastline. Don't miss the numerous Roman ruins or the delightful food and wine.

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London

The purple and yellow of lavender and sunflowers, incredible food, and some serious coastline make Provence a great choice for a driving holiday, or just renting a house and chilling (sic) with some rose wine.

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Huntington Beach

Rent a car and visit the picturesque villages/ lavender fields and discover the food in this beautiful region.

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San Francisco

Provence is amazing part of South France, with spectaculous views, landscaping, mountains, vineyards. Some sceneries will take your breath away, and you will always remember those wonderful magic views and will want to come back again.

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Santa Clara

There's a reason why Provence has a storied reputation among leisure travelers. Many days of sun-kissed weather, an abundance of excellent rose wine, and fantastic array of French cheese and foods make Provence an ideal trip for those who want to see a laid-back way of life in France.

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Longmont

Provence takes it's name from the fact that it was one of the first Roman provinces to be annexed outside of Italy. The region, as such, has a somewhat Italian character just as the French and Italian Rivieras blend seamlessly together. The main city in Provence is Marseille. When I went backpacking in 2005 I was warned about Marseille as dirty and mildly dangerous with crime. I think the city has really cleaned up its act because I didn't find that at all. I had a great time in Marseille exploring the historic areas, lounging on the beach and spending my nights at the pubs, discos and hookah bars.

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Brooklyn

A highlight of planet Earth and France. Provence is known for the good life and it permeates throughout the region -- regardless of your budget. Fresh food, great wine, gorgeous countryside and a vibrant seaside. There is something for everyone here and a visit can be incredibly good value.

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