2019, hungry for change
From glaciers to islands, Briançon to Arles and Marseille to Hyères and Nice, the Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur is a vibrant hub of creation, with dazzling new museums, flagship exhibitions, dream hotels and irresistible gourmet concoctions springing up everywhere.
The menu is mouthwatering: Provence is celebrating gastronomy with focus on the essential notion – imported 2,619 years ago by Socrates – of frugality. We will be savouring culture and architecture too: after Jean Nouvel’s “Tour de la Marseillaise”, the region will be inaugurating a second tower designed by Frank Gehry for the Luma centre in Arles. In Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, architecture fans will be busy booking their Spring guided tours of Eileen Gray’s iconic “Villa E-1027” architectural ensemble, or Le Corbusier’s “Cabanon”, “Camping Units” and “Étoile de Mer” restaurant. In addition to iconic exhibitions – Man Ray, Chagall, Suez Canal and Sophie Calle – the region is celebrating the arrival of “La Banque” in Hyères, set facing the Carmignac Foundation on Porquerolles Island, the reopening of Alexandra David-Neel’s house in Digne-les-Bains and the centenary of the Côte d’Azur’s legendary Victorine Film Studios. On the sports front, golfers will appreciate the new Golf Passes, cycling fans will be cheering on the Tour de France cyclists in the French Alps and speed freaks will be revving up for the next Formula 1 Grand Prix races in Le Castellet and Monaco. What’s more, the plethora of new flight services from Nice Côte d’Azur, Marseille-Provence and Toulon Hyères airports testify to the ever-growing attraction of the Région Sud Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. Last but definitely not least, “Rendez-vous en France” – France’s largest professional tourism fair – is coming up in Marseille-Provence in March, welcoming over a thousand tour operators from the world over.
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