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Welcome to Provence-Alps-Côte d’Azur!

Set just next to the shores of the Med, Provence is a land of exception, appreciated throughout the world for the beauty of its landscapes and inimitable lifestyle. Provence’s azure-blue skies, natural scenery, remarkable heritage, chirping cicadas, lavender fields and hilltop villages make it a holiday destination dreams are made of.

Between the sea and mountains, the Mediterranean shores from Saint-Tropez to Menton, the hills of Provence and the Alpine Mercantour Massif, the Côte d’Azur offers a great diversity of landscapes. The beauty of its beaches and the splendour of its luxury hotels, the fame of its Festivals and the celebrity of its Artists create a lovely balance with the green forests and valleys of the mountain hinterland, the red-tile roofs of its age-old perched villages and the bright yellow of mimosas in bloom…

The Mediterranean coast offers a plethora of stunning and infinitely varied sights. After exploring the beautiful “Calanques” fjords running from Marseille to Cassis, why not step inland to the Maures hills and their immense forests of oak and sweet chestnut trees. Heading East towards Fréjus, the fiery red rocks of the Esterel hills, offering spectacular views over the Med, are a must too.

How about taking to the heights? Located just two hours inland from the Mediterranean, the sunny Southern Alps are a fabulous playground for outdoor lovers in both winter and summer. You will love exploring these wild and breathtaking landscapes, dotted with authentic old villages…


Markets in Provence © Curious Provence Best Markets in Provence - My Favourite Markets Just about every village in Provence has a weekly market. Some villages have markets that occur twice a week or even daily! Markets are absolutely my favourite part of living in Provence. We can easily spend a day wandering through the stalls and people watching as we sit at a wonky table […]
ihm-ensembleprovence-lavande-cmoirenc-crtpaca Ensemble Provence - Excellent news for the travel trade in Provence, a “destination contract” has been signed in December 2015 between the French Government, Provence-Alps-Côte d’Azur and Bouches-du-Rhône Tourism Boards, including other local authorities. This partnership, which is on an almost unprecedented scale is designed to create internationally recognised high-quality and innovative attractions on this territory. Only 20 […]
Nostradamus © OT Salon-de-Provence Who was Nostradamus? - 450th anniversary of the death of Nostradamus A doctor, philosopher and astronomer, Michel de Nostredame (Nostradamus) published his prophecies in 1555, an epic masterpiece that took 30 years to complete and for which he is primarily known. He is said to have predicted the Great Fire of London, the French Revolution, the ‘kingdom’ of Adolf […]

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  • Photo of the month - June 2016

    © GettyImages - Jon Arnold The scent of summer weaves its way through the heart of Provence's charming villages. Strolling through the little cobbled streets between sculpted arches and stone façades, it's not uncommon to come across a makeshift terrace in the shade of a tree. Like […]

  • Return to the source: Tart Tropézienne

    Serves 6Preparation time: 1 hourBaking time: 30 minutesResting time: 4 hoursCost: £ Equipment: Tart pan • mixer • food processer Make the brioche dough Ingredients: 250g flour • 10g baker's yeast • 30g caster sugar • pinch of salt • 3 eggs • 100g butter […]

  • Beauty break: how to fight jet lag?

    Set your body clock in advance Before setting foot on the airplane, plan ahead by adapting yourself to your destination's time zone. Two or three days prior to departure, gradually change your sleep cycle, especially if your plans take you far from home. The more time zones you cross, the more […]

  • The right foods for a perfect tan

    Beta carotene for a golden hue: a stimulant to the production of melanin, the natural pigment that tints the skin, fruits and vegetables are your best friends this time of year. Especially ones with orange flesh, like apricots, carrots, melon or mango. As well as some vegetables such as […]

  • The most beautiful terraces in Provence

    The most graphic: the MuCEM terrace © MuCEM - Agnès Mellon Situated on the old J4 harbour jetty in Marseilles, the MuCEM has a roof terrace with an unbeatable sea view. What's special about it? The concrete lace panels, whose pleasing curves gently play with the light, the […]