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Having a walk on the Cours Mirabeau, hiking on the Sainte Victoire mountain, hanging out in the Allées Provençales... all this is possible in Aix-en-Provence.

Aix-en-Provence is about 30 km north from Marseille and counts nearly 145 000 inhabitants.

The Cours Mirabeau is a wide thoroughfare, bordered by fine houses and decorated by fountains. Along this avenue, which is lined on one side with banks and on the other with cafés, is the Deux Garçons, the most famous brasserie in Aix. Built in 1792, it has been frequented by the likes of Paul Cézanne, Émile Zola and Ernest Hemingway.

The Cathedral Saint Sauveur (Aix Cathedral) is situated to the north in the medieval part of Aix. Built on the site of a former Roman forum and an adjacent basilica, it contains a mixture of all styles from the 5th to the 17th century.

Aix is often named the city of a thousand fountains. Among the most notable are the 17th-century Fontaine des Quatre Dauphins (Fountain of the Four Dolphins) in the Quartier Mazarin, designed by Jean-Claude Rambot, and three of the fountains down the central Cours Mirabeau.

Aix has several museums and galleries :

  • Le Musée du Vieil Aix (Museum of Old Aix)
  • Le Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle (Natural History Museum)
  • Le Musée de Tapisseries (Tapestry Museum)
  • Le Musée Paul Arbaud (Faïence/Pottery)
  • Le Musée Granet
  • Le Pavillon de Vendôme
  • The Vasarely Foundation
  • Jas de Bouffan

Aix-en-Provence is also a student city, full of life and perfect for hanging out and partying all night long.

The mountain Sainte Victoire (1011 m), which looks over the city, offers nature and calm, after the continuous movement of the city.

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