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Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
—  Region of France  —


Country France
Prefecture Marseille
 - President Michel Vauzelle (PS)
 - Total 31,400 km2 (12,123.6 sq mi)
Population (2007-01-01)
 - Total 4,818,000
 Density 153.4/km2 (397.4/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
NUTS Region FR8

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (PACA) (Provençal Occitan: Provença-Aups-Còsta d'Azur in classical norm or Prouvènço-Aup-Costo d'Azur in Mistralian norm) is one of the 26 regions of France. (See also Provence.)

It is made up of:

It encompasses six departments in south-eastern France, bounded to the east by the Italian border, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea and by the principality of Monaco, to the north by Rhône-Alpes, and to the west by Languedoc-Roussillon, with the Rhône river marking its westernmost border. The six departments are:

The region logo displays the coat of arms created in the 1990s and which combines the coats of arms of the old provinces making up Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

Economically the region is the third most important in France just behind Île-de-France and Rhône-Alpes. Its GDP in 2006 was € 130,178 million ($US 163,600 million) and per capita GDP was € 27,095 ($US 34,051).

Major communities

The largest cities in the region are Marseille, Nice, Toulon, and Aix-en-Provence, each with a population exceeding 100,256 inhabitants as of the 1999 census. The richest part of the Region is Nice's metropolitan area.

Well-known but smaller communities include the many cities and towns along the French Riviera, a popular tourist destination.

External links

Coordinates: 44°00′N 6°00′E / 44°N 6°E / 44; 6


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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Europe : France : Southeastern France : Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
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The Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region is one of the most popular holiday regions of France. The region covers a large area from the charming Provence up to the Alps.

The Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur region covers all the historic Provence area east of the River Rhone, together with the French Riviera, the eastern end of which used to be the County of Nice. The low lying parts of this region are generally dry and warm for most of the year, but the higher parts, stretching up into the Alps, are dry and quite cool. This southern part of the Alps is the sunniest part of the range. You can find more information about Provence, its culture and its heritage, and what to see, on the Gitelink guide to Provence.

  • Chateau des Baux-de-Provence [1]
  • Musée Océanographique de Monaco [2]
  • Villa Eprhussi de Rothschild [3]
  • Villa Grecque Kérylos [4]
  • Théâtre Antique d'Orange [5]
  • Roman Nîmes : Arènes, Maison Carrée et Tour Magne [6]
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Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

  1. A région of France.

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