Provence is the historical region of France at the Mediterranean Sea, bordering Italy. Its administrative capital is Marseille and other larger cities include Nice, Toulon and Aix-en-Provence.
Famous is French Rivera around Nice, in French called Cote d’Azur. Another well-known city in this area is Cannes, made famous by its film festivals.
The cuisine of Provence has a Mediterranean character, with olives, sea food, local fruit and wine.
Several world famous dishes have their origin in Provence. Good examples are ratatouille, salade Nicoise and bouillabaisse. Also tapenade spread has its origin here. Well known are Herbes de Provence, a mix of different dried herbs, ideally suited for the Provencal dishes.