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Provence & the Côte d'Azur
(Fodor's) ISBN 978-1-400016105 140001610X

Discover the inside scoop about France's Provence and the Côte d'Azur. Learn about hotels, restaurants and shops, what to see and do, and how to get there.

The Fodor's guidebook includes prices, addresses, hours and dates of opening, websites, maps and lists. Colorful facts and tidbits, like the origin of denim and jeans, keep the details from being overwhelming. Enticing essays titled Closeups enhance your interest and make you want to vist Provence and Côte d'Azur.

Travel information

An introduction features information on weather, flights, beaches, business and banking hours, biking, boats and ferries, car rental and gasoline, embassies and consulates, newspapers, doctors and hospitals, mail, currency, washrooms, and travel for the disabled and children.

There are few photos. With the exception of the cover, all are sepia tone and provide little visual excitement.

What to eat and drink

With the background information on food, drink, chefs, and ingredients provided in Cuisine of the Sun, you can use this book as a guide to Provençal culinary pleasures.

Descriptions of a typical city include its history and location. A walking tour takes in the highlights, with sections on where to Take a Break, Where to Eat & Stay, Nightlife & the Arts, Sports & the Outdoors, Shopping and Sidetrips.

Fodor's Provence and the Cote d'Azur, 7th edition


Departure Points
  • About This Book
  • What's Where
  • When to Go
  • Quintessential Provence
  • If You Like
  • On the Calendar
  • Smart Travel Tips
The Face of Provence & The Côte d'Azur
  1. The Alpilles, Arles & The Camargue
    • The Languedoc Frontier
    • The Camargue
    • Arles
    • The Alpilles
    • Alpilles, Arles and the Camargue Essentials
  2. The Vaucluse
    • Avignon
    • Haut Vaucluse
    • The Sorgue Valley
    • The Luberon
    • Vaucluse Essentials
  3. Aix, Marseille & The Central Coast
    • Aix-en-Provence: City of Cézanne
    • Marseille
    • The Central Coast
    • Aix, Marseille & the Central Coast Essentials
  4. The Western Côte d'Azur
    • St. Tropez & the Massif des Maures Fréjus, St. Raphael & Estérel Resorts
    • The Haut Var & into Haute Provence
    • Western Côte d'Azur Essentials
  5. Nice and The Eastern Côte d'Azur
    • Cannes
    • Into the Pays Grasssois
    • Between Cannes & Nice
    • The Hill Towns: On the Trail of Picasso & Matisse
    • Nice
    • Monaco & the Corniches Resorts
    • Nice & the Eastern Côte d'Azur Essentials
Understanding Provence & The Côte d'Azur
  • Stone, Sun & Sea: Provence Primordial
  • Books & Movies
  • French Vocabulary
Provence & The Côte d'Azur in Focus
  • Don't Fence Me In: France's "Wild West"
  • Blue Gold: The Lavender Route
  • Cuisine of the Sun
  • Strokes of Genius
Cultural Closeups
  • Van Gogh in Arles & St. Remy
  • Those Ubiquitous Provençal Cottons
  • Du Bon Vaing Pour Votre Sangté
  • Perched Villages
  • The Gîte Way
  • Old as the Hills
  • De-Coding Da Vinci in Provence
  • Paul Cézanne, Superstar
  • How to Eat a Sea Urchin
  • The S is (Hardly Ever) Silent
  • Little Saints with Feet of Clay
  • Touring the Calanques
  • Just What is the Côte d'Azur?
  • The Dogs of St. Tropez
  • C'est Délicieux!
  • The Gorges Challenge
  • The Feisty Flora of Provence
  • The Three Corniches
  • Flowers, Floats & Fatheads
  • Cooking the Niçois Way
  • Want to Break the Bank?
  • Paradise Found: The Magnificent Gardens of Menton


Nancy Coons wrote the first edition and has spent years in Provence researching material for other Fodor's guides. Sarah Fraser who lives in Cannes, France, updated several sections and wrote two features. Rosa Jackson, who writes for many publications about restaurants and cooking, updated several chapters and wrote the Cuisine of the Sun feature.

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Paris Restaurants

Northern France Tours

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