Ever since well-to-do British travellers discovered the French Riviera and started to take winter holidays there, it has been seen as a playground for the rich and famous from all corners of the world. The coast of Provence still has plenty to offer ordinary visitors, with its fabulous beaches, pretty old villages and awe-inspiring coastal landscape. It remains an outstanding place for a holiday. A whole spectrum of scenic delights awaits between the Rhone, the Alps and the Mediterranean: the enchanting old towns, dazzling light and gentle lifestyle combine to make Provence one of the most popular holiday destinations in France. Add the warm and sunny climate and the beaches of the Cote d'Azur, and the stage is set for a wonderful holiday. The borders of Provence (the name comes from the Roman province of Provincia Gallia Narbonensis) are not precisely defined, since they have changed so often over the course of history. The core of Provence (Basse-Provence) is seen as the triangle between Monteli-mar, Aigues-Mortes and Toulon, although its territory could be seen as extending over all of eastern France between the lower Rhone and the Italian frontier, thus including Haute-Provence, the maritime Alps and the Cote d'Azur. For local government purposes, the Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur (PACA) district covers the departements of Vaucluse (capital Avignon), Bouches du Rhone (Marseille), Var (Toulon), Alpes de Haute-Provence (Digne), Hautes-Alpes (Gap) and Alpes-Maritimes (Nice). This area also surrounds the independent coastal principality of Monaco.