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Where is Provence? Provence is a historical province of southwestern France. Its boundaries 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 Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, one of the 13 regions of Metropolitan France.
Provence has a rich history and culture. Provençal, the historical language, is still spoken by some people. Provençal cuisine is varied and savory, with wide use of fish, oil, garlic, and vegetables.
Provence’s largest city is Marseille, which is also the capital of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. Other popular Provençal towns and cities are Toulon, Aix-en-Provence, and Arles.
Provence is also known for its bon vivre, wine, lavender fields, hilltop villages, fishing towns, and impressive gorges and canyons.
Provence in a Nutshell
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 of Marseille-Cassis, Arles, Cannes, Gorges du Verdon, the hilltop villages, Aix-en-Provence.
Provence regional food: ratatouille, socca, bouillabaisse, daube, tapenade, nougat, omelette aux truffes, aïoli sauce or the famous herbs of Provence!
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