When to go
The Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region has two climate types: mountain and Mediterranean.
On the coast and in the hinterland, summer is hot, indeed very hot inland, and dry; a breeze blows, slightly cooling the atmosphere by the sea. It's festival season in Avignon (performing arts festival) and Orange (Chorégies d'Orange opera festival), when you can enjoy a change of scene from the beach and take in a show.
Winter, relatively mild and sunny, is more noticeable the further inland you venture. From January, follow the radiant "Route du Mimosa" on the Côte d'Azur, and in February, watch the Corsos Fleuris or Fruités, processions of floats celebrating flowers and fruit. Watch out, however, for the mistral, a violent, cold, dry wind, which blows on average 150 to 180 days of the year. In the mountains, the generous snow cover on the summits of the Southern Alps is a treat for skiers.
In the whole region, spring and autumn also boast some fine weather, landscapes in bloom or ablaze with tawny colours. N.B. violent rains in autumn in the hills, and in spring on the coast and hinterland.