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Feel Provence

From the Calanques of Marseille to the port of Saint-Tropez, via the Toulon harbour, the Hyères islands and Port-Cros National Park, the Mediterranean Sea gently rocks visitors lulling them into holiday mode in its sapphire waters. For those looking for a more active break the Ecrins National Park, the Queyras Natural Regional Park, the Maures mountain range and the Lubéron host a maze of paths and tracks ideal for hiking and walking. The Gorges du Verdon and the waters of Durance are perfect for canoeing, rafting and other white-water sports. In wintertime, the Alpine ski resorts of the Haute Provence area – including Orcières, Serre-Chevalier, Sauze/ Super Sauze, Le Dévoluy, La Grave, and la Meije – offer all kinds of snow sports, from snowboarding to luge, to skiing, snow kiting and snowshoeing. In summer, the mountain lends itself to hiking, climbing, and via ferrata.       


From the Palais des Papes in Avignon, to the Basilica of Notre-Dame-de-la Garde watching over the city of Marseille, the Roman Arena in Arles to the Vauban City in Briançon, via the Château des Baux de Provence the region’s history and heritage is rich and varied. For visitors looking to connect with the great masters of art, head to the Granet Museum in Aix-en-Provence (which has a marvellous view of St. Victor’s Mount), to follow in the footsteps of Picasso, Matisse, Cézanne or Van Gogh, and share their fascination with the light and landscapes of the region.       


When it comes to events and festivals this vibrant region has something all year round, with the Corso in Cavaillon, the Easter Feria in Arles and the ‘Pilgrimage of the Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer’ proudly highlighting the colourful traditions of both Provence as a region and the Camargue area. The Chorégies d'Orange classical music festival, the Avignon Festival, the International Lyric Art Festival of Aix in Provence, and the Ramatuelle Festival attract culture vultures and art lovers from all over the world.The OK Corral Park, Borély Park, the Monaco Oceanography Museum just outside the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur region, and the Pont-de-Gau Ornithological Park will delight all visitors both young and old. A stay in Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur is an opportunity to soak up the atmosphere whether you’re by the sea, in the hills and mountains to discover breathtakingly beautiful natural sites, or the in the region’s remarkable cities, towns and monuments.   


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