Nestled between the Alps, the Italian border, and the Mediterranean Sea, the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, or PACA region, is one of the most popular destinations for holidaymakers from all over the world. This territory offers travelers the sun, the beaches, and the luxury of some of the most famous cities, such as Cannes or Saint-Tropez. For those who dream of more natural charms, Provence extends inland.
A country that immediately evokes the sweetness of life, soothing smells, and the sound of cicadas. Visiting Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur means walking through the Gorges du Verdon, admiring the calanques or the ancient city of the popes in Avignon. It also means enjoying a gastronomic holiday in France: tapenade, salade niçoise or bouillabaisse in mind!
Where is the PACA region?
The PACA region is divided into 6 departments: Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Hautes-Alpes, Alpes-Maritimes, Bouches-du-Rhône, Var, and Vaucluse. It benefits from a rather exceptional natural diversity, and for a good reason, it is one of France’s most geographically contrasted regions! From the Alps to the Mediterranean coast, it is a region with a dense historical heritage, which attracts a large number of visitors every year.
It ranks first among destinations chosen by French tourists and second (behind the Ile de France) among foreign tourists. It has five UNESCO World Heritage sites and places culture at the heart of its tourist offer, hosting hundreds of museums and festivals.
Transport in the PACA region
The Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region is served by four major international airports: Marseille-Provence, Avignon, Toulon-Hyères and Nice-Côte d’Azur. However, we recommend that travelers from France use less polluting modes of transport such as the train! The region is served by the TGV, by main lines, and by numerous coaches. Here are some ideas for travel times to Marseille or Nice from other major French cities:
- Marseille- Paris: 3 h 40 by train, 7 h 45 by car.
- Marseille- Lyon: 2.5 hours by train, 3 hours, and 10 minutes by car.
- Marseille- Bordeaux: 6 hours by train, 6 hours 10 minutes by car.
- Nice- Paris: 6 hours by train, 9 hours 30 minutes by car.
- Nice- Lyon: 4 hours 30 minutes by train, 6 hours 10 minutes by car.
- Nice-Bordeaux: 9 hours 20 minutes by train, 7 hours 50 minutes by car.
1. A road trip in the Alpes-De-Haute-Provence
Do you want to go on an adventure in a van? The Alpes-de-Haute-Provence is the perfect destination for a short road trip. You can admire the intense landscapes of the Gorges du Verdon, and you don’t see the time passing by, too busy practicing all the possible activities: paddle, canoe or kayak, rafting, mountain biking, or hiking. We also explore the small remarkable villages of the department, like Forcalquier. Our favorite moment of the trip: was the sunrise over a huge lavender field. To discover our complete itinerary, don’t hesitate to consult our article on the subject.
2. A Getaway In Nice
Nice is a small town well situated between the mountains and the sea, very close to Italy. This city of the French Riviera is mythical. Stroll along the Promenade des Anglais or in the old town until the evening, continue your exploration by enjoying the nightlife, or relax so you can get up early to go to the beach the next day.
Nice has a unique atmosphere and gastronomy influenced by Italian cuisine. Although the city’s castle has been destroyed, you can still climb the hill where it once stood and admire the view of the beach and the old town below.
3. Rent a boat in Marseille
A holiday in the PACA region also means taking advantage of the seaside and its many activities! Why not rent a boat in Marseille to visit the Calanques National Park, the fishing villages, or the Riou archipelago and its magnificent islands? With a bit of luck, you could find yourself sailing among the dolphins. You might even discover some secret beaches accessible only by boat for a lazy day away from the crowds!
Looking for help?
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