Welcome to Aix-en-Provence - The city of Lavender and Paul Cézanne
Aix is a city of art and agriculture. The city was founded in 122 BC by the Romans who gave his name to its springs, and became the first capital of Provence. Many writers and painters like Cézanne, Guigou, Stendhal, Mistral and Zola found inspirations in the landscapes of this city for their masterpieces.
Regarding monuments and architecture, Aix-en-Provence is famous for the Cathedral of the Holy Saviour is situated to the north in the medieval part of Aix. Built on the site of a former Roman forum, it contains a mixture of all styles from the 5th to the 17th century, including a richly decorated portal in the Gothic style with doors elaborately carved in walnut. The interior contains 16th-century tapestries, a 15th-century triptych, depicting King Rene` and his wife on the side panels. At its side rises a handsome clock-tower erected in 1510. Aix is often referred to as the city of a thousand fountains. Among the most notable are the 17th-century Fontaine des Quatre Dauphins (Fountain of the Four Dolphins) designed by Jean-Claude Rambot in the Quartier Mazarin, the residential district that was constructed for the gentry of Aix in the last half of the 17th century.
There are many pubs and bars to choose in Aix-en-Provence. The city is very famous for Jazz music and it is possible to find it in many clubs like the Hot Brass Jazz Club and the Scat Club, where the shows go on until the end of the night. If you are looking for house music, you can go to Le Mistral on rue Frédéric-Mistral.
It's a pleasure to go shopping in Aix en Provence with its varied street markets and quality stores, all within an easy stroll round the elegant city centre. The best place to shop is in the Old Town. The elegant city centre offers a range of street markets and quality stores. You can find a large market every Saturday on Avenue du Cap-Pinede and smaller ones on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In the city you can find different shops like department stores and expensive boutiques as well as typical food shops: cheese, butcheries and fish.
Standard time zone: UTC/GMT + 1 hour
Unlike most of France which has an oceanic climate, Aix-en-Provence has a Mediterranean climate. The summers are quite hot and that is the best season for a city tour: it has an average January temperature of 5°C and a July average of 23°C.
The best way to come around in the city is by foot, since the city has lots of pedestrian areas and you can visit it in less than two hours. By the way, there is an inexpensive municipal bus service, including a dial-a-bus service ("proxibus"), a park-and-ride service and tiny electrified buses for those with mobility problems.