A little reminder of the area's geography is enough to give you an idea of exactly how vast the Paca region's tourism potential is. It can satisfy lovers of big beaches or small calanques, those who prefer low, medium or high-altitude mountains, and those who are above all looking for restful landscapes. The Provence-Alpes-Côte-D’Azur region is made up of six departments (Hautes-Alpes, Alpes de Haute Provence, Alpes Maritimes, Vaucluse, Bouche du Rhône and Var), offering around 850 campsites.
The shimmering sea...
When you think of Paca, the image of a beautiful beach in front of a warm, azure sea may well come to mind. In fact, from the Italian border to the edge of Gard, there is no shortage of destinations to choose from. Here are a few of them.
- The Calanques massif: Spread across the municipalities of Marseille and Cassis, this is undoubtedly one of the region's most spectacular landscapes. These are basically inlets developed in the limestone rock, some of which are only accessible by sea. The Calanques Massif has been a National Park since 2012.
-The Côte d’Azur: it runs from Hyères to Menton and has around 180 campsites. The widest range of campsites is divided between Antibes or Cagnes sur Mer in the Alpes Maritimes or Hyères in Var with 17 campsites just for this very expansive municipality.
-Gulf of Saint Tropez: certainly one of the region's legendary destinations with the Massif des Maures and the water of the Big Blue. There are also a dozen or so small villages like Saint-Tropez of course, but also Cavalaire, Cogolin, Gassin, Grimaud, Ramatuelle, etc.
Between sea and mountain
- The Camargue: Straddling Bouches du Rhône and Var, the Camargue is formed by the Rhône delta. It's a protected landscape (Regional Nature Park) of immense expanses, manades (bull ranches), salt marshes, etc. The Camargue is also Arles, the largest municipality in France, Aigues-Mortes and Les Saintes Marie de la Mer, known for the annual gypsy pilgrimage.
- Provence: Paca is also Provence, the land of Giono, Pagnol or Mistral; of Alphonse Daudet's "Letters from my Windmill", of the Sainte Victoire mountain as painted by Cézanne. Provence is a multitude of paths, and that warm light that makes the place so special.
- Luberon: This massif, straddling Alpes de Haute Provence and Vaucluse, is so much more than its reputation as a region for boho tourists. Luberon, for example, has many little hillside villages, each one cuter than the one before it. It's the "Provençal Colorado", the combined work of nature and man with its ancient ochre quarries, and nowadays, hiking paths and themed activities.
- Vaucluse: you could spend your entire holiday in this department alone as it has so much to offer. Vaucluse includes Avignon, the city of Popes. There is also the Comtat Venaissin and its capital, Carpentras. But Vaucluse is also a land of vineyards including Châteauneuf du Pape. Mont Ventoux towers proudly over it all.
Last but not least, the Paca region is the real deal when it comes to mountains. Choose from Alpes Maritimes with Mercantour National Park, Hautes-Alpes with Les Ecrins National Park, ski resorts like Serre-Chevalier and towns like Gap or Briançon, which was once fortified by Vauban. This is a destination for lovers of the great outdoors, beautiful mountainsides, Grande Randonnée hiking trails, etc.