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Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur

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You'll feel the sun getting bigger and brighter the closer you get to Provence on the Mediterranean. When you glimpse your first red-tiled roof, you'll know you've entered the south, filled with vineyards, cypresses, and the crisp, inviting scent of lavender and rosemary. Since before the Roman Empire, Provence has been a vibrant community, partially due to its intensely bright sunlight--bathing the people in its radiance, as well as soaking sunflowers, olive groves, vineyards, and purple lavender fields with its warm rays. Breezy, star-filled nights set the mood for a romantic vacation highlighted by a moonlit stroll, a dramatic performance at the theater, or dynamic nightlife decked out in the height of fashion at the trendiest nightclubs.

Since Provence is a historical province, some people include the French Riviera as part of the region, because it shares the cultural and linguistic identity unique to Provence, while others view the area north of Cannes as separate from the region.

Joining the Mediterranean Sea, and flanked by the Rhône River and the Alps, this region captivated master artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. If included on an itinerary, it will do the same for you, with its tranquil gardens, mysterious caves, rustic vistas, Roman ruins, and enchanting old harbors. You can enjoy the finer things in life here, like searching for that special something at the area boutiques, visiting the workshop of a local artisan for authentic regional arts and crafts, and learning historical tidbits from a resident's perspective by antiquing in the country's best stores. Like its native Provençal inhabitants, you too can enjoy world-class people watching. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a major celeb or two followed by the relentless paparazzi, all while sitting at an outdoor café overlooking any one of the magnificent Mediterranean marinas, one of the most quintessential things to do in the region. Our France trip planner combines visitor reviews with your personal interests to make an itinerary informed by experts, but tailored to suit your style.
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Places to visit in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur

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Popular things to do in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur

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Neighborhood
Vieille Ville Nice
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Landmark
Promenade des Anglais Nice
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Lookout
Colline du Chateau overlook Nice
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Religious Site
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde Marseille
4.8
Duration: 1 hour

Museums in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur

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Specialty Museum
Musee Matisse Nice
2.8
Duration: 3 hours
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Specialty Museum
Musée Marc Chagall Nice
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Art Museum
Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain Nice
3.4
Duration: 3 hours
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Art Museum
Musee Picasso Antibes
3.8
Duration: 3 hours

Historic Sites in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur

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World heritage site
Palais des Papes Avignon
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Church
Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice Nice
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
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Historic Site
Palais Lascaris Nice
4.0
Duration: 1 hour
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Lighthouse
Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe) Antibes
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur

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Historic Walking Area
Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes Antibes
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Historic Site
Place Garibaldi Nice
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Garden
Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze Eze
4.6
Duration: 1 hour
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Park
Parc du Mugel La Ciotat
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur

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Bridge
Pont d'Avignon Avignon
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Duration: 1 hour
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Aquarium
Marineland Antibes
2.9
Duration: 8 hours
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Beach
Plage de l'Escalet Ramatuelle
4.4
Duration: 4 hours
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Specialty Museum
Musee des Troupes de Marine Frejus
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Shopping in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur

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Flea Market
Marché provençal Antibes
3.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Flea Market
Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya Nice
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Gift & Specialty Shop
Nice Wine Nice
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Shopping Mall
Shopping Center - Polygone Riviera Cagnes-sur-Mer
3.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Lesson / Workshop
Provencal Papillon Antibes
5.0
Duration: 6 hours
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Cooking Class
Cuisine sur Cours atelier gastronomique Nice
4.6
Duration: 3 hours
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Farm
Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras Cadenet
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Segway Tour
Trolib Marseille
4.6
Duration: 2 hours