Visit Provence - Alpes - Côte d'Azur

Lined by the Mediterranean Sea, the region Provence Côte d'Azur makes dream in many ways ! Beauty of its landscapes, quality of its lifestyle. Azure sky, natural landscapes and remarkable historical heritage, cicada song, perfume of lavender and villages perched with red roofs... Between sea and mountains, Mediterranean banks between Saint-Tropez and Menton, Provençal links in the alpine massifs of Mercantour, the set constitute a contrasted landscape. The beauty of its beaches and the luxury of its hotels, the reputation of its festivals and the celebrity of his artists give a harmonious balance with forests and green valleys of the high country mountains and the yellow of mimosas in flower …

Around Marseille
Marseille is the capital of Bouches du Rhône in Provence. It is a city with a great activity, animated, with a rich history because it is a harbour and so have mixed civilizations. From the Basilica Notre Dame de la Garde, named " the Good Mother ", you will dominate the famous calanques and all the city, the Palace of Pharo, the Park Borely and especially the Vieux Port where a visit is imperative with his quite new museum by the architect Ricciotti, The MuCEM, Museum of the Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean Sea.
Beyond, Marseille is neighbourg of the City of Aix-en-Provence and the departure of visiting so cultural as of leisure activities. As the Thoronet Abbey, Abbey of Citeaux created in 1146, the Cistercian Abbey of Silvacane to the Roque d' Antheron where takes place every summer the famous festival of piano with the biggest world artists and many other sites... still unless you would prefer the nature with the Camargue and its wild horses, the landscape of Alpilles and Saint Rémy de Provence, the Baux de Provence or Mount Sainte Victoire...

 

Around Avignon
Avignon is famous by its Popes' Palace, seat of the papacy in the 14è and 15è century in "competition" with Rome. A masterful space which is also the main center of the festival which takes place there every year in summer. You can then discover Roman sites as Orange with the Gymnasium, the City, the Temple or the Capitol. Real front door in Vaucluse, this city preserved all its heritage.
The excavations of Vaison-la-Romaine are of an exceptional beauty, the city is built around old columns, and around porticoes, it counts antique streets, but also thermal establishments, theater and statues... The most interesting natural site is the Mount Ventoux peak, known by cyclists of the Tour de France, with beautiful strolls. On its base, find l'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Carpentras, Sorgue, the Gorges of Régalon, Provençal Colorado, and the Laces of Montmirail which open you the doors of Lubéron and his magic landscape.

 

Around Saint-Tropez
Saint-Tropez is the referent City in the world of tourism and show bizz ! With its 300 kilometers coast, the Var is the archetypal tourist destination. It is in this precise area that are the most beautiful beaches of the region, with a sand so fine as the dust. The nature is affectedly preserved, as les Îles d'Or : Porquerolles and Porcros,protected, a visit by boat is imperative.
Sea resorts, were born with a great reputation such as Sainte Maxime, Bandol, Le Lavandou, Saint-Cyr or still Saint Raphaël. Following beaches, pine forests, undergrowth, calanques and the wild creeks, you will always benefit from an outstanding panorama, on the bank rocks caressed delicately by the sea. To see also the lakeside cities, as Port-Grimaud and Cogolin. Green hills, cultivated plains, pine forests in the mesmerizing scents, it is here that rosé wines " Côtes de Provence " or still "Bandol" are produced, on 37 000 hectares vineyards... Without forgetting that it is also the region of flowers, fruits and olive.

 

Around Nice
Capital of the Alpes-Maritimes, Nice and its Belle Epoque buildings have so many treasures to be admired. The valley of the Merveilles, Auguste's Trophy, the baroque architecture, the Cimiez arenas, etc... it is in the Var, with its patronymic wealth, that you can admire these splendid monuments. The Fort Carré in Antibes, is a part major 12 buildings. Defensive building, it was also an immense tower built in 1550. The villa Greek Kerylos in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, the Abbey of Lerins, on the Saint-Honorat Island, in front of Cannes, in the architecture of the XIth century of this Monks refuge.
Concerning chapel, do not miss the chapel Notre-Dame des Fontaines in La Brigue, more known under the name of " Chapel Sixtine of the Alps of the South ". In the same line, the sanctuary of Notre-Dame-de-Laghet ( The Trinity), the Russian orthodox cathedral Saint Nicolas (Nice), the Citadel Saint-Elme ( Villefranche sur-Mer ), and the villa and the gardens Ephrussi de Rothschild... Farther, Grasse, the city of perfume or Biot and her famous factory of blown glass. Numerous painters lived there, we find a large number of paintings in museums as famous Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul de Vence...
Every city, Nice, Mandelieu, Juan les Pins ... organizes during summer a festival of music, jazz or other one as Cannes and its famous film festival...