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: VaucluseBouches du Rhone and Haute Alpes, and also Alpes de Haute ProvenceVar, 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 department was formed as the result of the 1793 administrative reform, in the territory of a former Rome province of Provance. Vaucuse includes three districts, 24 cantons and 151 municipalities. Cities - Department Vaucluse

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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 population is 160 thousand people. The Department occupies the largest area in the region, while the smallest number of people lives here. Cities - Department Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

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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 - Cote-d’Azur. Its population is slightly over 2 million people. Cities - Department Bouches-du-Rhône

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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 name of the Department emphasizes its alpine location on the territory of the French Alps. The average height of the mountains is about 1 thousand meters and the highest is more than 4 thousand meters. The Deparatament borders with other French Departments – Alpes de Haute Provence, Drome, Isere, Savoie, as well as with the neighboring Italy. Cities - Department Hautes-Alpes

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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 districts (Brignoles, Draguignan and Toulon) and 23 cantons. Its population is slightly over 1.0 mln people.The department was formed in 1790 on the territory of a former Roman province of Provance.The name of the department originates from the name of the river Var (translates from the Ligurian language as ‘stream’), which has its outflow high in the mountains (1800 m) and finally flows into the Mediterranean. The river is 114 km long. As the result of the administrative reform of 1860, a part of the territory where the river Var (which gave the name to the department) flew, was passed to a newly-formed department Maritime Alps. Ironically, the river Var found itself outside the department of Var.  Cities - Department Var

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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 center is Nice. The population of the region is slightly over 1.0 mln people. The coast of Maritime Alps is known as the French Riviera. The biggest cities of Riviera are Nice and Cannes. The area of the department is 4099 km2. Cities - Department Alpes-Maritimes

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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 architecture - that is microstate Monaco which is diverse, and at the same time it strikes with its extreme unbeatability.Monte-Carlo is an independent country, small in size, located in a picturesque corner of the south of Europe, about ten kilometers from the borders of France and Italy. It is washed by the Mediterranean Sea, and on the other side one can enjoy a spectacular view of the Alpes-Maritimes. The location of the country is very convenient, as the mountains securely protect it from northern winds, and the Cote d'Azur attracts everyone to have rest. Cities - Principality Monaco

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Cities in Provence

Departments of 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 CannesSt. 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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