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Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur or PACA, is a captivating region of beaches, mountains, hilltop villages and rich history located in south-east France. Bordered to the east by Italy, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea and Monaco , to the north by Rhône-Alpes, and to the west by Languedoc-Roussillon. With the Rhône river marking its westernmost border, PACA boasts extraordinary scenery, from lavender fields and snow-covered mountains to beautiful coastlines along the sea.
Originally colonized by the Greeks at the beginning of the 6th century, PACA changed hands between the Romans, Visigoths, Burgundians, Ostrogoths, Franks, Spanish, and more. Provence officially became a province of France under Louis XI of France in 1486. Today, PACA is composed of 6 departments: Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Hautes-Alpes, Alpes-Maritimes, Bouches-du-Rhône, Var and Vaucluse.
The modern inhabitants of Provence have preserved a distinct regional character and their own language. In addition to French, almost one-third of the inhabitants speak a Romance language known as Occitan, which combines numerous local dialects and was influenced by the various rulers of the region.
The economy of PACA depends heavily on agriculture and tourism. Agricultural activities, most of which are restricted to the narrow coastal region, include the cultivation of lavender for the perfume industry, vineyards, olive groves, and fruit orchards. The canal of Provence, established in the 1960s, taps the Verdon River for irrigation. Aside from seeing these resources in their natural setting, visitors come to the Côte d'Azur for the resorts and constant sunshine, while others may venture toward the Alpine peaks for ski and sports.
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