There are many reasons to visit Aix-en-Provence (Aix for short, pronounced like the letter “x”). Its art, buildings, history and food are among France’s most alluring, with 17th-century mansions lining tree-framed boulevards and squares decorated with stone fountains. And then there’s the Cours Mirabeau – the city’s main vein of designer fashion shops and people-watching spots populated by students, visitors and well-dressed residents alike. Leave the city and you’ll be surrounded by the mountains and lavender fields that Provence is so famous for. Here are 10 reasons why you should visit Aix-en-Provence, France, at least once.
Florence Derrick contributed additional reporting to this article.