Aix-en-Provence is a bountiful city, full of overwhelming charm and beauty, and a popular academic hub among students. Although this city is often overlooked because of the nearby and more well known Marseille, this charming city will provide you with a unique French holiday experience and you can be sure to find many nice things to do in Aix-en-Provence while visiting.
Located in the region of Provence in France, Aix-en-Provence offers many activities that can be enjoyed throughout the year. Aix-en-Provence is a small town but holds much charm and charisma. Be sure to check out the lovely shops and historical sites that you can see within the city limits of Aix-en-Provence. For a more relaxing visit, don’t miss out on one of the many spa centers in the city. Read “A year in Provence” by Peter Mayle to get a more detailed portrait of this charismatic French provincial area.
A must see when visiting Aix-en-Provence on holiday is the Musée Granet, a museum that features Aix painting, sculpture and archeology. Famous works of Renoir, Monet, Cézanne, and Degas, among others, are exhibited in the Musée Granet.
The city is home to a French rugby union club which participates in many professional sports events.
Annually, Aix-en-Provence hosts an international music festival devoted to celebrate and recognize orchestral, chamber, vocal and solo instrumental music.
Shopping is also a popular pastime and leisure activity in Aix-en-Provence. One of the most enjoyable activities in Aix is to meander without agenda through its picturesque, pastel and earthy hued streets. The city is dotted with many shopping malls, street markets and quality stores.
The city’s location gives it a fairly warm climate with average temperatures of low 10s Celsius in the winter (40s Fahrenheit) and mid 20s Celsius in summer (70s Fahrenheit). The mild temperatures allow for many favorable outdoor activities throughout the year. Rainfall is more frequent during the non-winter months, but overall the city remains fairly dry.
Accommodations in Aix-en-Provence vary and the city is home to many quaint options for lodging. Many rental homes and hotels offer a unique and memorable stay so it is best to look into the various options available. Most hotels also offer discounted rates in the low season of December-February.
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