70 attractions you should visit in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur - With photos & details

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Top 70 attractions to explore in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur is one of the most popular holiday regions in the south of France. Its identity as a geographical region is a holdover from the days of the Roman Empire. Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur is famous for its sunny weather, colorful countryside, tradition, wine, food, and language.

Abbaye De LérinsÎle Saint-Honorat, 06400 Cannes, France
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Abbaye De Lérins is a Cistercian monastery situated on the island of Saint Honorat off the coast of Cannes. A monastic culture has existed there since the 5th century. The monks are planting vineyards today, making wine and liqueur.

Abbaye de Montmajour13200 Arles, France
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Old Ruins

Abbaye de Montmajour is a fortified Benedictine monastery that was founded between the 10th and 18th centuries. During the Middle Ages, it was a major pilgrimage site. Today, the abbey ruins are preserved by the Centre des Monuments Nationaux as a historical monument.

Abbaye du Thoronet83340 Le Thoronet, France
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Thoronet Abbey is one of three Cistercian abbeys in southeast France. This iconic building was built in the late 12th and early 13th centuries. One of the first buildings in France to be listed as a historic monument is Thoronet Abbey.

Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque84220 Gordes, France
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The Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque is one of the purest examples of primitive Cistercian architecture Located deep in its Provençal valley.

Abbaye Saint-VictorPlace Saint-Victor, 13007 Marseille, France
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Saint-Victor Abbey is a former abbey situated in Marseille. It was founded during the late Roman period and named after the saint and martyr of the local soldier, Victor of Marseilles.

Aix Cathedral13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
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Aix Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church and a national monument of France located in Aix-en-Provence of southern France. The church was designed using a mixture of three architectural styles (Romanesque, Gothic, and Neo-Gothic).

AlpillesAlpilles, 13210 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France
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The Chaîne des Alpilles is a narrow range of low mountains in southern France. The highest areas of the range are a nature reserve occupied by a variety of endangered birds, including the eagle of Bonelli, the vulture of Egypt and the eagle owl.

Arles Amphitheatre1 Rond-Point des Arènes, 13200 Arles, France
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Located in the city of Aries, Arles Amphitheatre is one of city’s most important and impressive Roman structures. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arles Amphitheatre was built in 90 AD and during its prime time, it had a seating capacity of over over 20,000 spectators. It was built to conduct chariot races and bloddy hand to hand battles.

Avignon CathedralPlace du Palais, 84000 Avignon, France
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Avignon Cathedral is one of the renown Roman Catholic church situated in the Avignon commune of France. It was built in the twelfth century. It features a roman style of architecture and a gilded statue of the Virgin Mary atop the bell tower.

Basilique Notre-Dame de la GardeRue Fort du Sanctuaire, 13281 Marseille, France
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Notre-Dame de la Garde is a Catholic basilica in Marseille city. The basilica is located at the south side of the Old Port of Marseille, on the highest point in Marseille- a 149-meter high limestone outcropping. It was built on the foundation of an ancient fort.

Calanque d'En-Vau13009 Marseille, France
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It is one of Marseille's most beautiful creeks, but also one of the most remote place in the National Park of Calanques.

CanebièreLa Canebière, 13001 Marseille, France
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La Canebière is the historic high street center of Marseille measuring 1km long, which goes from the Old Port of Marseille to the Réformés quarter.

Cap CanailleCap Canaille, 13260 Cassis, France
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Cliffs
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Cap Canaille is the highest sea cliff of France located in the Bouches-du-Rhône département of southern France. The rock consists of layers of ochre-colored sandstone, conglomerate, and limestone from the Turonian age. The site features beautiful viewpoints.

Castle Hill06300 Nice, France
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Parks
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Castle Hill Located near the city center of Nice. It offers a delightful walkway with striking views over the Baie des Anges. The park owes its name to the castle of Nice which once shielded the city from multiple invaders from different kingdoms and duchies during the Middle Ages.

Cathédrale La MajorPlace de la Major, 13002 Marseille, France
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Marseille Cathedral is a national monument of France located in Marseille. It has been a basilica minor since 1896 and is the seat of the Archdiocese of Marseille. Marseille Cathedral is truly one of the best architectural wonders in the region.

Château d'IfChâteau d'If, 13007 Marseille, France
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Château d'If is a famous castle in southern France. It was built by Francis I in 1524, the castle was used for several centuries as a state prison. The island is uninhabited except of the fortress.

Château de la Napoule453 Avenue Henry Clews, 06210 Mandelieu-la-Napoule, France
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The Château de la Napoule is a restored castle and a historical landmark located in Mandelieu-la-Napoule. The castle was built by the Countess of Villeneuve in the fourteenth century. Over the centuries it was rebuilt several times. The present structure was built by American artist Henry Clews in 1919.

Citadel of Saint-Tropez Maritime History Museum1 Montée de la Citadelle, 83990 Saint-Tropez, France
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The Citadel of Saint-Tropez is a historic building containing one of the most visited attractions in Saint Tropez, as well as the Maritime History Museum. The museum displays the work, artifacts, and other objects related to the lives of sailors as well as the sea activities that took place many centuries ago. The Citadel was constructed based on the drawings of engineer Raymond de Bonnefons in 1602 and 1608.

Col d'IzoardCol d'Izoard, 05350 Cervières, France
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Col d'Izoard is a mountain pass that connects Briançon and the Guil valley in the French Alps. Near the summit, there is a monument remembering the epic battles between Fausto Coppi and Louison Bobet in 1950.

Col de la BonetteCol de la Bonette, 04850 Saint-Dalmas-le-Selvage, France
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Col de la Bonette is a mountain pass and the highest asphalt road in Europe, situated within the Mercantour National Park of the French Alps. The mountain pass offers many beautiful viewpoints.

Map of attractions in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur