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Holidays in Provence / Cote d'Azur, France
Provence is a region in southeast France taking in the Mediterranean coast and the mountains and next to the Italian border. The region has something to offer most tourists, whether you enjoy beaches, historic towns, beautiful countryside or outdoor activities.

Cote d'Azur

The towns of the French Riviera are famous for their beaches and there are plenty to choose from in places like Antibes, Nice and Cannes. Monaco is the most famous of all the resorts, with its marina full of expensive yachts, casino and Grand Prix race attended by celebrities from all over the world. You can visit the royal palace and the cathedral where Princess Grace is buried in the old town on the cliff tops. Antibes also has its share of history, with a 17th century fortress on the headland and a lighthouse offering great views along the coast.

Grasse

The Provencal town of Grasse is worth visiting to see the 11th century cathedral with an impressive collection of paintings, including three by Rubens. The town is most famous for its perfume industry which started in the 1700s and is still going string today. You can visit many perfumeries in the town, such as Fragonard and Molinard, all of which have a museum and a shop to purchase local produce. Provence became the centre of the industry thanks to the climate in the region which is ideal for growing flowers.

Gorges du Verdon

The Verdon Gorge is a 25 km long river canyon which can reach depths of up to 700m in places. The river Verdon which carved out the feature is a bright blue-green colour and can be explored by canoe or raft or you can drive on the twisting roads that wind round the rim of the Gorges where you can stop and take photographs. The area is also popular with climbers and hikers and you can follow a number of different trails of varying difficulty. The town of Castellane at one end of the canyon is a historic village perched on high cliffs. The village church is named St Denis and has great views over the Gorges if you can climb the steps.

Avignon

Another historic town in Provence is Avignon, famous for the bridge in the children's nursery rhyme. The town is dominated by religious buildings and churches as it was the home of the Popes in the 14th and 15th centuries. The Palais des Papes next to the main cathedral is a particularly impressive example and can be visited to enjoy its fine art collection. Only a few piles from the original bridge are left, but a small chapel is located on one of them and you can still walk out onto what remains of the bridge for a photo opportunity.
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The Author writes for Holiday Home Rentals who have a selection of Villas in Provence and Villas in France which can be rented direct from their owners.
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