Located with Italy to the east and the Mediterranean Sea to the south, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur has a distinctly Mediterranean look and feel.
The sun-baked landscape that consists of coastline occupied by magnificent beaches, stunning mountains and hilltop villages is home to some of the most famous cities in France, such as Marseille, Nice and Cannes. Holiday cottages in Provence and the Côte d’Azur are in the perfect position for visitors to indulge in the sun, sand and sea. There are numerous attractions in the area just waiting to be explored.
With its Mediterranean climate the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region is the perfect summer holiday destination.
On average, the region enjoys around 2,835 hours of sunshine per year and is renowned for its long, hot, dry summers where the sun is out for around 12 hours of the day. The rest of the year is also pleasant with extremely mild temperatures, which rarely drop below 10°C on the coast. Cooler temperatures and a fresh breeze up in the hills and the mountainous areas offer respite when the sun is at its peak. Holiday cottages in Provence provide an excellent opportunity to enjoy the sun-kissed landscape.
The city of Cannes is widely known for its international film festival, which attracts a whole host of Hollywood stars year upon year. Situated against a backdrop of golden beaches and palm trees swaying in the breeze, there is much more to Cannes than first meets the eye.
The many museums offer an insightful look at the history of the region and the Musée d’Art et Histoire de Provence has a collection of objects from the prehistoric era to the present day.
Stunning 19th-century villas, which were built to reflect the affluence of their owners in the style of medieval castles and Roman villas, are also dotted amongst the scenery. Cannes is home to a variety of shows and festivals that include an African film festival and a festival of games.
Nice and Marseille are two of the most well known cities in the region and both are situated on the south coast by the Mediterranean Sea. Marseille is the oldest city in France so holiday cottages in Provence are well placed to explore French history. Today the city of Marseille is known for its culture and attractions with many bars, restaurants, theatres, art galleries, cinemas and clubs. Both of these cosmopolitan cities attract a number of visitors every year, making them vibrant, attractive and exciting places to visit. The city of Nice is one of the oldest human settlements in the world and there are archaeological sites and museums to represent this. Nice, like Cannes, also hosts its own festivals including the Nice Jazz Festival.
Many gastronomic delights in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur have become known all over the world. The cuisine has been inspired by Spanish, Italian and French culture due to its position next to the Mediterranean Sea. Ratatouille is one of the most famous dishes which is a stewed vegetable dish often made from courgettes, tomatoes, onion, garlic and peppers. Another classic recipe from the region is Niçois Salad which is a salad of lettuce, hard boiled eggs, olives, anchovies and tomatoes, dressed with Dijon vinaigrette.
Visitors staying at holiday cottages in Provence will have an opportunity to sample some of the wines the region is known for, such as its Rosé and Red wines, which have been produced since 600 BC.