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Geography and infrastructures
Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur… an exceptional area of sea and mountains, with sunlight and very contrasting landscapes, in the south-east of France.

These mountains – Sainte Victoire, Alpilles, Lubéron, Mont Ventoux – have been admired and painted by countless artists, including Cézanne, Picasso and Van Gogh.

The Mediterranean Sea and its varied coastline from the Camargue to the Côte d’Azur, from the limestone fjords (calanques) to the beaches of the Riviera, offer a beauty and diversity that people travel from far to visit.
 


Because of its great diversity of nature and climate, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur is one of France’s richest regions for wildlife and plants. It also encompasses four of France’s ten national parks: Ecrins, Mercantour, Port-Cros and Calanques, and six regional parks: Alpilles, Camargue, Lubéron, Queyras, Verdon, Pré-Alpes d’Azur.

The Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region borders on Italy in the east, the Rhône-Alpes in the north, and Languedoc-Roussillon in the west; to the south, it faces the sea. It covers 31,400 km², or nearly 6% of the area of France, and contains six “départements”: theAlpes-de-Haute-Provence (04), the Hautes-Alpes (05), the Alpes-Maritimes (06), the Bouches-du-Rhône (13), the Var (83) and the Vaucluse (84).

90% of its population lives in its four major cities: Marseille, Nice, Toulon and Avignon and in the numerous towns with more than 20,000 inhabitants.


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