The south of France is the most popular and visited region in France. While Occitania borders Spain and climbs into the beautiful Pyrenees, its neighbour, Provence, covers a large area from the Mediterranean Sea in the south up to the French Alps in the north and extends west to east along the coast from the river Rhône and all the way to the Italian border. Its identity as a geographical region being a legacy of the Roman Empire, Provence includes the French Riviera and is famous for its sunny weather, colourful countryside, long-standing traditions and local language (Provençal), while Occitania homes the joys of gorgeous cities like Toulouse and Carcassonne, the Pont du Gard and Lourdes. All these are among some of the most visited sites in Europe.
The region’s favourable climate makes the variety of available local produce second to none. Flowers, fruits, and vegetables all grow in abundance, the sea’s fish and shellfish stocks are rich and all this without forgetting those wonderful industries of wine-making and perfumery.
A visit to one of the many fashionable resorts along the Côte d'Azur is a must, and the trip would be amiss if one forgot to drop in on other main attractions like the Old Port of Marseille, the ancient cities of Aix-en-Provenceand Avignon, as well as a plethora of sun-baked villages and mountaintop towns.
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