Comprised of mountain villages, cosmopolitan cities and a number of reminders of the medieval age, the Provençe-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region sits comfortably in the Southeast corner of France, bordering Italy to the east and dipping in to the mild climate of the Mediterranean Sea.
Provençe-Alpes-Côte d'Azur began to flourish after the arrival of Julius Caesar and its integration into the Roman Empire and still boasts a number of Roman ruins, including a Roman amphitheatre dating back to 49BC.
The Romans imposed
their own culture and a higher standard of living to the area, building
The Pont du Gard to control the unpredictable River Gard. The Pont
du Gard is one of the best examples of surviving Roman architecture
area stretches along both sides of the Rhône River from Orange,
out in to the Mediterranean Sea. Craggy coastlines, and quaint fishing
villages line the coast, whist inland fields of lavender, rosemary
and pine lie amongst the tiny sleepy villages.
With an enormous diversity of produce grown in the region, including a combination of fresh vegetables, fruits, olive oil, piquant garlic, basil and wild thyme. The area also features some of the finest wines with Provençal cuisine being rated as among the finest in the country.
The Provençals are typically Mediterranean, with a slightly different language to that of the rest of France. The Provençal language is closely related to Catalan and Spanish rather than French, and is widely spoken by many of the older Provençe residents in particular within the more rural areas. It is common to see dual French-Provençal road signs, with local folklore declaring the Provençals identify and sense of pride.
covering nearly 700,000sq km, captivates wide-open spaces, rushing
rivers and deserted valleys. As the most mountainous corner of the
Provençe, the different seasons provide a contrast of landscapes,
in terms of blossoming fruit trees in spring time, flourishing chestnut
and olive trees through summer and autumn, and in winter the soaring
peaks and snowbound summits attract ski enthusiasts from around the
Full of natural beauty
and characterised by extreme climatic diversity, the départment
of Hautes-Alpes are embraced with fertile lands and perpetual snow
on the higher mountains.
picture postcard city in the heart of the Provence region. With Mont
Faron and its magnificent natural harbour and historical fountains
make Toulon a popular destination for tourists and holiday homes.
fine beaches and great for water sports and Toulon offers many annual
events such as Music festivals and the dance festival at Châteauvallon,
the Palais des Congrès.
The Alpes-Maritimes area
of the Côte d'Azur is renowned for its beautiful climate and
vibrant resorts, combined with historic villages and towns.
The glamorous playground of the Côte d'Azur, features beaches laced with sunworshippers (St Tropez), festivals and bull fights. Nice, the départments capital, and Cannes, home to the annual International Film Festival are also included within its perimeters.
Enjoying the transformation from a small fishing village in the 15th century to a vibrant modern city of today, Cannes boasts many expensive hotels, exorbitant boutiques, and trendy restaurants.
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