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The most beautiful vacation regions in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Côte d'Azur - probably the most famous Mediterranean coastline
The popular Côte d'Azur stretches from Cassis near Marseille, the main town of the region, to Menton on the Italian border. With St. Tropez, Cannes and Nice, glamorous cities enrich the coastal strip. Many vacation lovers are drawn here during the summer months. They swim in the Mediterranean Sea and stroll along the beach promenade. Who knows whom you might run into? The Côte d'Azur is known to be a noble place and a magnet for stars and starlets. In one of our villas with a fantastic sea view you will certainly feel like a real celebrity.
The city is located on the French Riviera in the south of Provence. Like the other southern cities of France, St. Tropez has long been famous among artists. In the 1960s, the city attracted the international "jet set," who today still cherish time spent in its many clubs and on its stunning beaches. The cobblestone walkway in the La Ponche neighborhood reflects the original fishing village that St. Tropez once was. Today, however, there are far more luxury yachts than fishing boats in the Vieux Port, the city's harbor.
Cannes and the International Film Festival
What comes to mind when you hear Cannes. Of course, the international film festival, which takes place every year in May. Look at the expensive and huge yachts anchored in the Vieux Port. The noble boutiques and jewelers in Cannes can be found in the prestigious Rue d'Antibes. There are also big casinos like the famous Le Croisette from the 1950s. But don't forget - even without the film festival, Cannes is a very convincing city.
Nice is a typical southern French resort with pebble beaches, art museums and excellent cuisine. As early as the 19th century, the city was considered a popular resort among the European upper class. Like sand on the seashore, countless artists from all over the world gather in Nice. There is also a lot of history hidden behind the Nice old town called "Vieux Nice". Baroque churches and the famous market on Cours Saleya enchant guests from all over the world. Nice is also the birthplace of the Salade Niçoise, a Mediterranean mixed salad. In addition, the city has plenty of other specialties to offer. These include olives, seafood and the typical street snack socca - a kind of pancake.
Aix-en-Provence is considered a young university town. Here, too, an artistic past has shaped the cityscape to this day. Artists such as Paul Cézanne and literary figures such as Émile Zola are said to have once met in the Café der Deux Garçons. The surroundings of Aix-en-Provence often inspired the former for motifs in his works. Other cultural and historical sites not to be missed: The Place d'Albertas, the former granary in the town hall square, and the gate and clock tower of the town hall itself.
The former provincial capital of the Roman Empire is picturesquely situated on the Rohne River. Arles is known for countless ruins from Roman times. Among them is a very well preserved amphitheater, in which theater performances still take place today. The Musée de l'Arles Antique in the old town of Arles exhibits prehistoric as well as ancient Roman artifacts. Twice a week, there are open-air markets in town where you can grab food and crafts from Provence. A bit away from the city, you'll find other attractions such as the Alyscamps necropolis and the notably large Camargue wetland, which is a habitat for numerous wild animals such as flamingos and the Camargue horse.
The best travel tips in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Travel tips for family vacations:
- Giant slides and swimming pools await you at the "Aquacity" water park in Marseille.
- Do you prefer an amusement park to a water park? Then the Koaland Menton amusement park with fast roller coasters is just the thing for you and your family.
- The Mediterranean Sea offers the perfect swimming fun for young and old.
Travel tips for vacations with your pet:
With your pet you will experience wonderful walks through the breathtaking landscape of Provence-Alpes Côte d'Azur. On some beaches your dog is welcome.
Travel tips for active vacations - sports:
- Explore the beautiful lavender fields during your walks.
- Biking will show you unforgettable places all over Provence.
- Become a pro on the surfboard and ride the waves of the Mediterranean.
Climate and nature
The climate in the southern region of France is called Mediterranean. In summer, warm temperatures dominate with around 30°C and lots of sunshine, while in winter it becomes much milder. The climate is mainly influenced by the wind, which can be very strong, especially in Nice. The climate allows for a wide variety of flora and fauna in Provence. In addition to the beautiful purple lavender fields, there are beautiful spots for hiking in the Luberon mountains. Moreover, there is a rich population of animals in Provence. Besides numerous species of butterflies, you can find flamingos, eagles and horses in the Camargue wetlands.