The mediterranean scenery, the sea and the architecture make Provence one of the leading touristic regions in France.
It is a way of life that one seeks, be it at Aix en Provence, in the Alpilles, the Var or the Luberon. Majestic sites are to be discovered in the Calanques, the Camargue, or in the Alpes, and Hautes Provence. A successful marriage of the landscapes natural beauty with the wealth of its patrimony.
Departments: Alpes de Hautes Provence, Alpes Maritimes, Bouches du Rhône, Hautes-Alpes, Var, Vaucluse.
Main towns: Aix en Provence, Avignon, Arles, Gap, Digne, Toulon, Marseille, Nice
Airports: Marseille, Nice, Toulon-Hyères.
Train : Aix en Provence, Avignon, Marseille
AIX EN PROVENCE
Town of water and of art. Aix is a town that knows how to mix the ages and cultures. Open to the world, it is a city of a human size, where a preserved patrimony and a town looking to the future live together in perfect harmony. Here everything is an interwoven patchwork of colours and sensations : the natural sun light, the golden coloured stone facades, the green transparency of the fountains, the shade of the lime trees, markets and festivals...
Town of history and of cultural entertainment, Avignon has been a pioneer. The influence of the Popes in Avignon has marked its architecture in an impressive way. Behind the superbly preserved ramparts, one discovers the Palace of Popes built in the 14th century, and its very lively square, the famous Avignon Bridge, the museums of the Petit Palace and the Roure Palace.
Founded in 600 BC by Greek sailors of the Phocee, the oldest major town in France is today the 2nd largest and also its 1st port. The gates of France onto the Mediterranean, it is the capital of Southern Europe, generous, with its picturesque accent, its old port, its bouillabaisse and its popular folklore.