Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur: Occitania: Provença-Aups-Còsta d'Azur, Provenza-Alpi-Costa Azzurra, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (PACA) is one of the 18 administrative regions of Provence La France. Its capital is Marseille. The region is roughly coterminous with the former province of Provence, with the addition of the following areas: the former papal territory of Avignon, known as Comtat Venaissin; the Sardinian-Piedmontese County of Nice, whose coastline is known as the French Riviera, and in French as the Côte d'Azur; and the southeastern part of the former French province of Dauphine, in the French Alps. 4,935,576 people live in the region according to the 2012 census.
It encompasses six departments in south-eastern France: Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Alpes-Maritimes, Bouches-du-Rhone, Hautes-Alpes, Var and Vaucluse. It is bounded to the east by the France-Italy border, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea and by the Principality of Monaco, to the north by Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, and to the west by Occitanie, with the Rhône river marking its westernmost border.