About the Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur Region:
Major Cities of Provence:
- Avignon, former home of the papacy and a charming southern city.
- St. Paul de Vence, a fortified hilltop village known for its art galleries and fine restaurants.
- Nice, a wonderful Riviera seaside city filled with shopping, restaurants and fabulous markets.
- Cannes, the place to hit the beach, the designer boutiques and people-watch.
Getting to Provence:
Another option is to get a Europe or France rail pass. Then, you can fly into Paris (which is much more likely to be a direct flight, and usually costs less) and take the train to Provence. Now that the TGV connects Paris and Avignon, the trip is dramatically shorter than driving.
If you really want to explore the smaller villages and countryside of Provence, consider renting a car.
Top Provence Attractions and Things to Do:
Where to Stay in Provence:
- Hotel Windsor in Nice is modestly priced, has a central location a couple minutes' walk from the beach and the pedestrian zone. Each room has murals by artists, and the staff is among the best in France.
- Hotel Le Pigonnet is a lush four-star hotel in Aix-en-Provence featuring a beautiful garden and finely-appointed rooms.
- La Colombe d'Or in St. Paul de Vence is an upscale hotel ideal for lovers of art. If you wish to dine in the popular restaurant, book well in advance.