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About Provence-Cote-d'Azur
Departments:
Alpes de Haute Provence (04)   Hautes Alpes (05)
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Population: (ranked 3rd)
                        4,818,000 (2007)
                        153km²
Area: 31,400km²
Provence-Cote-d'azur is bordered by Italy to the east, the Mediterranean and Monaco to the south and by the River Rhone and Languedoc-Roussillon on the west.
The Legend has it that after God created the earth, the sun, the mountains and the sea to shape our world, what was left was used to create a paradise: Provence-Côte d'Azur , this paradise stretched from the summits of the Alps and the blue of the Mediterranean sea.
With 900km. of beaches, the Camargue marshes with its wild life and horses and the many inlets and marinas, not to mention those resorts who’s names alone conjure up a picture of an elegant life style.
The 27,000km² of mountains with snowy peaks, the olive groves and lavender fields, forests and pine groves all awash in sunlight for this is Frances sunniest region with 2500 to 3000 hours of sunshine a year.
Côte d'Azur,the famous French Riviera which stretches from Hyères to Menton is set up to receive a large and rather affluent tourist clientele.

Provence is both relaxed picturesque villages in the hills and busy cities like
Nice and Marseille, but there are also the famous vineyards of Côtes du Rhône and Côtes de Provence

The Alpes d'Azur rise high above Nice up to 4000m, here the air is clean and pure,  these are protected lands, where one goes skiing in winter and hiking or cycling or horse riding in summer all with clear sunny skies, with sports like  parachute jumping, flying ultra lightweights, rafting, abseiling or mountain climbing for the more adventurous.
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