Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Tourist Attractions: 15 Top Places to Visit
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Top Places to visit in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur:
Old Town (Vieille Ville) Nice, Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde, Promenade des Anglais, Massif de l'Esterel, Gorges du Verdon, Parc national des Calanques, Route des Cretes La Palud, Carrieres de Lumieres, Col de la Bonette, Lac d'Allos, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Lac de Sainte-Croix, Col d'Izoard, Montagne Sainte Victoire, Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins
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Introducing Provence & the Côte d'Azur
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Top 10 Must See Places in France's Provence & Cote d'Azur
Top 10 Must See Places in Provence & Cote d'Azur according to DK (France)
10. Casino de Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo is situated on a prominent escarpment at the base of the Maritime Alps along the French Riviera. Near the western end of the quarter is the world-famous Place du Casino, the gambling center which has made Monte Carlo an international byword for the extravagant display and reckless dispersal of wealth.
9. Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque
Sénanque Abbey is a Cistercian abbey near the village of Gordes in the département of the Vaucluse in Provence. It was founded in 1148 under the patronage of Alfant, bishop of Cavaillon, and Ramon Berenguer II, Count of Barcelona, Count of Provence, by Cistercian monks who came from Mazan Abbey in the Ardèche. Temporary huts housed the first community of impoverished monks.
Vaison-la-Romaine (Latin: Vasio Vocontiorum) is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. The historic section is in two parts, the Colline du Château on a height on one side of the Ouvèze, the upper city and on the opposite bank, the lower city centered on the Colline de la Villasse.
7. The Camargue
The Camargue is the region located south of Arles, France, between the Mediterranean Sea and the two arms of the Rhône River delta. The eastern arm is called the Grand Rhône; the western one is the Petit Rhône.
Saint-Tropez is a town in the French Riviera. Made famous by Brigitte Bardot, it has for long has been a hot destination for the rich and famous. But the town has plenty for everyone. The village itself is easily walked and enjoyed. The waterfront is crowded with cafes and shops with elite offerings. A block or two inland, through narrow streets and alleys, you'll find fewer stores and cafes, quaint and interesting studios, homes and a few historical structures.
5. Vieux Nice
Nice is a large city in France on the French Riviera. It's a popular destination for vacationers both young and old, with something to offer nearly everyone. It is well known for the beautiful view on the Promenade des Anglais, its famous waterfront, and is an ethnically diverse port city. The old town (Vieux Nice) beneath the hill is a maze of streets and alleys, with many picturesque houses, boutiques and home to the daily flower and fruit market of the Cours Saleya.
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne; the addition of the TGV (high-speed train) station has brought lots of vacationers from the north, and Aix has turned into a shopping town with high variety and representation considering its small size.
3. Roman Arles
Remote, uneventful, but definitely no waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture. The museums are small, but have some interested artifacts. Unfortunately there are no Van Goghs to be found in the city, despite the fact that his residence in Arles was his most productive. Chico Bouchiki, co-founder of the gypsy kings, as well as the rest of the band, is from Arles. Take a lazy stroll along the Rhône, dip into a café and continue strolling.
2. Grand Canyon du Verdon
The Verdon Gorge (in French: Gorges du Verdon or Grand canyon du Verdon), in south-eastern France (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence), is a river canyon that is often considered to be one of Europe's most beautiful. It is about 25 kilometres long and up to 700 metres deep. The most impressive part lies between the towns of Castellane and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, where the river has cut a ravine to a depth of 700 metres through the limestone mass.
1. Palais des Papes
The Palais des Papes (Papal palace) is a historical palace in Avignon, southern France, one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe. One time fortress and palace, the papal residence was the seat of Western Christianity during the 14th century.
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Marseille is the most important city in Provence.and is situated on the south coast of France.From a distance, one of Marseille’s main landmarks rises high above the harbour: the seafarers’ church of Notre-Dame-De-La-Garde. With abundant internal furnishings, Byzantine arches, golden mosaics and numerous votives it is a splendid structure inspired by Byzantine Romanic design. The most impressive religious building in Marseille is a fortified monastery church that dates back to the 5th century, the mighty Abbaye Saint Victor. Deep down in the rock is an Early Christian crypt and a number of stone sarcophaguses that contain the remains of various holy martyrs that date back to the Roman persecution of the Christians. A boat trip from Cassis leads to one of the most beautiful coastal areas in Europe, Les Calanques, a unique nature reserve where shining white limestone cliffs plunge more than four hundred metres into the deep blue sea and extend for twenty kilometres. Sur Le Pont D’Avignon is a world famous French song that is familiar to both young and old alike. It is a song of dance on the bridge of the Pont Saint Bénézet but it is more likely that the people here once danced under the bridge, as that is the location of its bars! A place of radiant light and sweet aromas with villages that nestle in the rocks like eagles’nests and with cities that have an historic past. Provence is indeed a captivating land full of fascinating contrasts.
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Aix-en-Provence Sightseeing Tour, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France [HD] (videoturysta)
[EN] This time we visit Aix-en-Provence - a beautiful city in Provence. It was founded in 123 BC by the Roman consul Sextius Calvinus. There are many interesting historical places and buildings like the Holy Savior Cathedral, Place de l'Hotel de Ville, Town Hall, Cours Mirabeau, Mazarin district and many others...
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[FR] Cette fois, nous visiter Aix-en-Provence, une ville magnifique en Provence. Elle a été fondée en 123 avant JC par le consul romain Sextius Calvinus. Il ya beaucoup d'endroits historiques intéressants et des bâtiments comme la cathédrale Saint-Sauveur, Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, Hôtel de Ville, Cours Mirabeau, quartier Mazarin et beaucoup d'autres ...
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[PL] Tym razem odwiedzimy Aix-en-Provence, piękne miasto w Prowansji. Zostało ono założone w 123 r. p.n.e. przez rzymskiego konsula Sextiusa Calvinusa. W mieście znajduje się wiele ciekawych miejsc i budynków zabytkowych takich jak Katedra Świętego Zbawiciela, Place de l'Hotel de Ville, Ratusz, bulwar Cours Mirabeau, dzielnica Mazarin i wiele innych...
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South of France Cities Quick Tour: Nice, Aix-en-Provence, Montpellier, Marseille
Bonjour friends! A quick little tour of South of France Cities - Diana Elizabeth. Cities visited include: Nice, Aix-en-Provence, Montpellier and Marseille. (more...)
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Barcelona, to Provence, Côte d'Azur, Cinque Terre, Portofino, Rome
Barcelona to Rome, through Provence, France, along the Mediterranean shores of Europe
Click timecode for Barcelona 00:19 - Carcassonne 6:10 - Avignon 9:37 - Arles 13:56 - Aix-en-Provence 17:18 - Marseille 22:37 - Saint-Rémy-de-Provence 25:29 - Les Baux-de-Provence 26:58 - Pont du Gard 28:37 - Nice 30:31 - Antibes 37:08 - Cannes 40:37 - Vence 43:35 - Saint-Paul de Vence 45:37 - Monaco 49:00 - Santa Margherita Ligure 54:21 - Portofino 55:48 - Cinque Terre 56:54 - Rome 1:00:09
Barcelona, Spain, is capital of the Catalan region. We walk through its Gothic Quarter historic center and later visit the most famous building, Sagrada Familia, by Gaudi, also Parc Guell. We walk through narrow lanes in the heart of the Old City, a giant pedestrian zone dating to ancient times.
The fortified town of Carcassonne, France, with its medieval castle up on the hill is completely preserved, a walled fortress with castle in the center. We go inside the castle and on walks through the streets. Two main lanes and several side lanes make up the entire plan, so you can easily wander, looking at the shops and going to the museum.
Avignon has many ancient buildings and lots of modern shops in a comfortable pedestrian zone. Palace of the Popes grew into an imposing fortification during the 60-year papal residency and is now a museum and UNESCO World Heritage list. The pedestrian shopping district extends 10 square blocks south, providing a lot of fun streets for us to explore. Avignon’s Old Town is a charming neighborhood of pedestrian shopping lanes, narrow residential streets and little back alleys. At a half-mile wide and long, this historic center can easily be seen on foot in one day.
Arles was founded by the ancient Romans and still has a 2,000 year-old amphitheater that can hold 20,000 people, still in use today. There are a lot of narrow streets in Arles’ small pedestrian zone, with various squares with cafes around them, and many historic sites. Our walk along narrow pedestrian lanes brings us to the Place du Forum and Place de la République with the former cathedral, Église St-Trophime, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Aix-en-Provence is one of the prettiest towns in all of France, so lovely that various French surveys have named it the most desirable city in which to live and retire. The pedestrian zone of Aix is an idyllic urban landscape of pretty, low-rise buildings three and four centuries old, with a number of outdoor squares such as Place des Cardoures or the Place de l’Hotel de Ville, the City Hall square, very classy outdoor spot, with the market and the cafes around it, and street markets.
Marseille: we walk through the downtown to the waterfront marina and into the Old Town for a good overview of this second-largest city in France, a place with much historic character.
St-Remy and Les Baux, and the ancient Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard make a good day-trip from Avignon. St-Remy is noted for impressive remains of the ancient Romans at Glanum. Les Baux is a stone village carved into the rocky limestone hilltop. Pont Du Gard is an impressive Roman aqueduct, the tallest ancient bridge and the second-highest structure the Romans ever built.
Nice, main city of the French Riviera, the Côte d'Azur, has a wide beach, lovely Old Town, and impressive downtown. Day-trips from our home base in Nice will visit Antibes, Cannes, Vence, St-Paul and Monaco, easily reached by short bus or train rides.
Cannes is one of the most famous towns along the Riviera. We will stroll through its pedestrian zone and past the beaches and marina to the Old Town and main shopping street of Rue d’Antibes.
Antibes has a peaceful pedestrian neighborhood with the typical array of shops, cafes and plazas.
Monaco is the world’s richest country and second-smallest nation. We see the Monte Carlo Casino, the Palace, Old Town and we visit the small waterfront village of Villefranche.
Saint-Paul de Vence is a medieval village of stone structures that date back mostly to the 15th and 16th centuries and retains the original character of a 500-year-old stone village.
VENCE is a small village, roughly circular in shape, just 300 meters across, so we can easily see it in a few hours on foot. It is just 5 minutes by bus from St Paul, very convenient to include in our day-trip from Nice. The Old Town is a pedestrian zone with several main lanes and connecting corss-lanes, so it is delightful to walk through, away from automobile traffic. Nice and peaceful, with numerous shops and cafes to keep thinkgs interesting, and the smallest cathedral in France, built in the Romanesque and Gothic styles.
From the French Riviera we continue to the Italian Riviera, where we visit Portofino and the little villages of the Cinque Terre, and Santa Margherita Ligure.
Rome ends the trip, such amazing history, preserved sites, casual life-style and wonderful foods.
Côte d'Azur -12 places to visit
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Côte d'Azur is the French coastline that has up to 330 days of sunshine pear year. Realtor Johan Wretman knows it like the back of his hand and reveals what villages he thinks you should visit when going to the French Riviera.