Founded in 122 before Christ, Aix-en-Provence is the capital of the area of Provence. It's name evokes olive trees, a drink of pastis, a game of pétanque, cricket chirping, the Mistral wind blowing, Emile Zola and Paul Cézanne. This spa town is renown for its rich cultural heritage, and hosts every year the International Festival of Lyrical Arts. The city’s university was created in 1409 and has become one of the most prestigious universities in France. The climate is also very pleasant year-round; warm and dry during summer and sunny and mild during winter.
Aix-en-Provence is an elegant city with a unique light, which will guide you through its cobbled streets and animated squares. It is this light that attracted many impressionists painters such as Cézanne, Renoir, Pissarro and Manet to Provence.
Aix-en-Provence is a real open-air museum: all you need to do is roam its streets in order to discover its beauty and have a taste of the southern lifestyle. Take your time to admire its baroque architecture, colorful cobbled streets, buzzing squares and fountains that get the air fresh in the evening during summer. Don't miss the Granet Museum, one of the most beautiful museums in France, have a break on the Cours Mirabeau, stop to admire the the Vendôme Pavillion and loose yourself wondering the cobbled streets of the old town. Slow down, and enjoy the relaxed rhythm and lifestyle of the south of France.
The people of Provence are very proud of their cuisine, centered around the use of fresh produce chosen at the local markets of the city center. Some of the most traditional dishes include the pistou soup, the daube provençale, the aïoli, the sweet calissons and deserts with candied orange.