Glorious beaches at chic and fashionable seaside resorts such as Cannes and St Tropez, fields of lavender and groves of olive trees with medieval villages dotted about, all bathed in the Mediterranean sunshine - this is what makes Provence Cote d'Azur such a popular destination!

Chic resorts like Cannes, Nice, and St Tropez make the French Riviera one of the most fashionable holiday spots in the world. Away from the coast you'll find quiet medieval villages, woodlands, lakes, and those famous fields of lavender. Then of course there's that fabulous Mediterranean sunshine.

Stylish and modern, the French Riviera is internationally renowned for its glorious beaches, blue water, beautiful scenery and warm climate. Cannes, Nice and St Tropez are all hot spots of chic culture, but traditional harbour villages can be equally impressive in their own way with aromatic lavender fields, sunflowers, olive trees, vineyards, cliffs and gorges. As the country's prime fruit and vegetable producing region, the food in Provence is superb. Specialities include a variety of herb pastes, braised meats and truffles.

The quiet medieval hilltop village of St Paul de Vence takes in magnificent views of the sea and mountains. Many towns in the region are rich in Roman history, including Aix en Provence, home to Paul Cézanne until 1906, and Arles, famous for its impressive amphitheatre. The port of Marseille, France's oldest city, has a lively but relaxed atmosphere, with great museums, markets, cafés and shops.

Top places to visit

Marseille in Provence Côte d'Azur is the second largest, and the oldest, city in France and is situated on the sunny south coast.

Nice in Provence Côte d'Azur is one of France's most populous cities and is a glorious seaside resort on the Bay of Angels.

Cannes in Provence Côte d'Azur is a stylish city, famous for the Cannes Film Festival, that sits on France's sunny south coast.

St Tropez in Provence Côte d'Azur is a sophisticated resort that is popular with the European and American jet set.

Top things to do

Running parallel to the Cannes shoreline, La Croisette is a popular promenade lined with famous international designer brands including Burberry, Jimmy Choo, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Valentino and Cartier.

Although originally built by François I in the early 16th century as a fortress with strategic importance, the Château d'If soon became used as a prison for Republicans and Protestants and is best known as the setting of the...

Just south of St Tropez, Pampelonne beach is a beautiful stretch of white sand 4.5km long that is split up into separate sections for families, gays and nudists. With lots of beach clubs where you can get chairs and umbrellas...

A palace built to hide a water tower in the 1860s, the Palais Longchamp is a remarkable work of architecture that commemorates the arrival of water via the canal from the Durance river that was created to supply the city of...