(PACA) (Provençal Occitan: Provença-Aups-Còsta
d'Azur in classical norm or Prouvènço-Aup-Costo
d'Azur in Mistralian norm) is one of the 26 regions of France.
It is made up of:
encompasses six departments in
south-eastern France, bounded to the east by the Italian border, to
the south by the Mediterranean Sea and by the principality
of Monaco, to the
north by Rhône-Alpes, and to the
west by Languedoc-Roussillon, with the Rhône
river marking its westernmost border.
The six departments
The region logo displays the coat of arms created in the 1990s and
which combines the coats of arms of the old provinces making up
Economically the region is the third most
important in France just behind Île-de-France and Rhône-Alpes.
Its GDP in 2006 was €
130,178 million ($US 163,600 million) and per capita GDP was €
27,095 ($US 34,051).
largest cities in the region are Marseille, Nice, Toulon, and
Aix-en-Provence, each with a population exceeding 100,000
inhabitants as of the 1999 census.
richest part of the Region is Nice's metropolitan area.
Well-known but smaller communities include
the many cities and towns along the French Riviera, a popular tourist destination.