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Departments of Provence

The main problem of a foreigner who wants to visit Provence is the choice of a holiday site, among the variety of interesting and beautiful places. The Alpes snow-covered peaks, the valley of the Rhone, marshy bottom land of Camargue and the slopes of Massif Central – this is real variety! It is in the natural conditions, relief shapes and the peoples’ way of life – in this part of France, bordering in the east on Italy and the Principality of Monaco.

Noisy restless Marseille and quiet small towns of wonderful beauty, historical and cultural monuments, sea and splendid vine-yards, aromatic lavender fields and lemon and orange groves, ancient history and modern resorts, most delicious healthy cuisine which combines northern and southern traditions – here is the shortest description of Provence

Situated in south-eastern France, the region of Provence – the Alpes – Cote d’Azur is administratively divided into the following departments: Vaucluse, Bouches du Rhone and Haute Alpes, and also Alpes de Haute Provence, Var, and Maritime Alpes.

Department Vaucluse Department Vaucluse

Vaucluse: a department in Provence Region – the Alps – Cote d’Asur – in south France. Population: slightly over 0, 5 million people. The depart...

The name of the department is of Latin origin and means ‘a blind valley’. It is in the valley, around the rivers Rhone and Durance, and in picturesque Vaucluse Moun...

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Department Alpes-de-Haute-Provence Department Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Alpes de Haute Provence are the Department of the Provence region, the Alpes, Cote d'Azur, located at the foot of the Digne Alps at a distance of 115 km from Marseille. The ...

The townspeople are proud of their incredibly beautiful nature and do a lot to keep it. The Department nature is, above all, the parks of Verdon and Luberon, the reserves of the...

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Department Bouches-du-Rhône Department Bouches-du-Rhône

Bouches-du-Rhône (which translates from French as ‘the firth of the river Rhone’) is one of the departments of the region of Provence - the Alpes - C...

The department, which stretches along the Mediterranean coast up to the very bottom of the Alps, borders on the departments of Vaucluse and Maritime Alpes, and st...

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Department Hautes-Alpes Department Hautes-Alpes

Hautes-Alpes is the department of the Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur formed during the French Revolution in 1790. The population is 142.3 thousand people.   The very na...

Hautes-Alpes is, above all, incredibly beautiful views, breathtaking and overflowing sense of aesthetic satisfaction. Fresh alpine air and outdoor activities and sports. An inte...

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Department Var Department Var

Var is the department of Provence Region – the Alps – Cote d’Asur, situated on the Mediterranean coast in south-eastern France. The department includes 3 distr...

While travelling in the department of Var, one feels the charm and colour of this nook of Provence at his every turn. One is struck by the variety of its landscape and the styli...

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Department Alpes-Maritimes Department Alpes-Maritimes

Maritime Alps is one of the six departments of the region of Provence – the Alps -  Cote d’Asur which is situated in south-eastern France. Its administrative ce...

In the south the region is washed by the Mediterranean, which causes here mild Mediterranean and marine climate with average temperatures of +23 C in summer and +6 C in winter. ...

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Principality Monaco Principality Monaco

Fabulous «pearl of the sea», which incorporated both the modern and the ancient, preserved millennial traditions and customs, opened up new origins of avant-garde ar...

The territory of Monte-Carlo embodies four city-districts: the capital of Monaco (old city), Monte Carlo (global place for rest and gambling), La Condamine (a business...

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Cities in Provence

Since olden times these lands were favored by ancient Greeks and Romans, the Visigoths and Saracens, whose raids the local people had to suffer through. That is why the people of Provence built their towns and villages mostly in ‘upper’ areas, on rocks, to create additional difficulties for the enemies. Provence became the French territory only in late XV century.

Warm Mediterranean climate attracts people here nowadays too – tourists like hot sunny summer (summer temperature is never lower than +25° С, winter temperature is between +5 and +10 ° С). Many people like Provence so much that they come here in winter too, when not a very pleasant cold wind mistral blows, from the north along the river Rhone (at times this wind can be rather strong).

The most favorable climate (and the highest life standard) is in Cote d’Azur, that is why many people would like to live precisely here!

Among the owners of villas and summer cottages in Cannes, St. Tropez and St. Raphael there are sun-tanned former film-stars, various celebrities and their fans, who spend their days on the beaches, in cafes and casinos… There is probably no other place in the world with such a number of sport cars and yachts ‘per capita’… Deeper into Provence there are areas, where the people are not so spoilt by life pleasures and, hence, not so demanding.

However, whatever the area you might visit, you are sure to remember (beside beautiful nature) the bright traditions of  Provence!

Colourful impressive events, like the Easter fairy show in Arles or the Festival of Melon “Corso Cavaillon”, Avignon Festival and the opera holiday “Chorège d'Orange” attract guests here from the whole world. Heaps of impressions and photos ‘to remember by’ are guaranteed!

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