Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Région Sud

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur is even for French-speaking people too complicated, so it is commonly shortened to PACA. Since 2017 it is also called Région Sud, probably as the reform of the regions introduced names like Grand Est and Nord. However, the other regions actually changed their extent, this region was just renamed. And it is actually located in the southeast at the border to Italy, and it is not the southernmost region.

It covers numerous landscapes, from the Mediterranean coast to the highest Alps, and even the estuary of the Rhone river, the Camargue. Many karst areas with spectacular caves can be found too. The Vaucluse is the namesake of Vauclusian Springs, and there are other important sights. Due to the mostly mountainous, or at least hilly, landscape, the central part is not very densely populated and there are few roads, mostly along the valleys. The listed sites are concentrated on the coast and the Rhone valley.