Aix-en-Provence is in southeast France and is the ancient capital of the Provence region. It is 25 km away from the Marseille Airport.
The history of Aix-en-Provence dates back 2000 years, when in 122 BC the Romans created a settlement between Italy and Spain. Here they discovered hot and cold springs. After that, during the Middle age, it became the capital of Provence and the home of the Counts of Provence. It reached its golden age after the 12th century, when it was under the houses of Barcelona/Aragon, becoming an artistic centre. In 1487 it passed to the crown of France with the rest of Provence.
This village has picturesque streets, medieval squares and baroque architecture. The pedestrian streets of Aix-en-Provence offer craft studios, traditional boutiques and gifts shops. In addition, travellers can try cafes and restaurants with Provencal and international cuisine. For example, they can enjoy a Provençal “aperitif” with local wine. In the city, they can find food vendors and weekly markets with tasty delicacies.
What to do
This town is great as a starting point to discover the countryside. Nearby, travellers can enjoy mountain peaks, old castles, vineyards and gourmet events. Moreover, they can participate to workshops and cooking classes.
Aix-en-Provence inspired many great writers and painters such as Stendhal, Mistral and Zola. Moreover, it was the birthplace of Paul Cézanne, considered the father of modern painting. He was inspired by Provencal colours and landscapes and impressed all those on his canvas. Visitors can enjoy a Cezanne tour to discover different corners of the city.
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