Located in southeast France, Aix-en-Provence is the ancient capital of the Provence region, and is located 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, where they discovered hot and cold springs. During the Middle Ages Aix-en-Provence was the capital of Provence and the home of the Counts of Provence. It reached its golden age after the 12th century, when, under the houses of Barcelona/Aragon it became an artistic center. Aix passed to the crown of France with the rest of Provence in 1487. From 1646 it developed rapidly and the city limits continually expanded to become the culture center that it is today.
With picturesque streets, medieval squares, fountains, baroque architecture and traditional French style gardens, this country town is a perfect starting point for a journey to discover Provencal countryside. The region offers mountain peaks, walk tracks, rivers, canals, old castles, vineyards and gourmet events.
The pedestrian streets of Aix-en-Provence are full of craft studios, traditional and stylish boutiques, gifts shops, cafes and restaurants with Provencal and international cuisine. Visitors can enjoy a traditional Provençal “aperitivo”, discover delicacies and organic produce at the weekly market or learn how to cook Provencal dishes by attending workshops and cooking classes.
Aix-en-Provence was the inspiration to many of great writers and painters such as Stendhal, Mistral, Zola and the birthplace of Paul Cézanne, who is considered the father of modern painting. He was inspired by Provencal colors 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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