Provence is a historical province of southwestern France. Its limits have changed over the centuries but we can say Provence is limited by the lower Rhône, Italy, and the Mediterranean Sea.
Since 2016 Provence is part of the region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, one of the 13 regions of Metropolitan France.
Provence has a rich history and culture. Provençal, the historic language, is still spoken by some people. Provençal cuisine is varied and savory, with a wide use of fish, oil, garlic, and vegetables.
Provence largest city is Marseille, which is also the capital of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. Other popular Provençal towns and cities are Cannes, Antibes, Toulon, Aix-en-Provence, and Arles. Provence is also known for its bon vivre, wine, the lavender fields, hilltop villages, fishing towns, and impressive gorges and canyons.
Region: Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, in Southern France
Average temperatures (max /min): January – 12C /3C; April – 19C / 9C; July – 30C / 19C; October – 21C / 12C.
Main attractions: Lavender fields, Marseille, the Calanques, Arles, Cannes, Gorges du Verdon, the hilltop villages, Aix-en-Provence.