Aix-en-Provence Bath

Living France - - WHERE TO LIVE -

“If you’re born in Aix, nowhere else will do,” said Paul Cézanne of his home­town. If you de­cide to move to Aix-en-Provence, you will prob­a­bly feel the same way.

Close to the Mediter­ranean Sea and with an av­er­age of 300 days of sun­shine a year, Aix-en-Provence is ideal for those who want to en­joy the sun-soaked way of life that is as­so­ci­ated with the south of France, with­out com­pro­mis­ing on any con­ve­niences avail­able in the town. Aix has many shops, bars and cafés and mu­se­ums to en­joy, but ac­tiv­i­ties more com­monly as­so­ci­ated with coun­try liv­ing are read­ily ac­ces­si­ble, too. Swim­ming in the sea, ex­plor­ing nearby laven­der fields or ski­ing in the South­ern Alps lo­cated two hours away get you swiftly back to na­ture.

Aix-en-Provence is not only com­pa­ra­ble in size to its UK twin city, Bath, but also in its style and pop­u­lar at­trac­tions – both are well known for their his­toric ther­mal baths. As in the UK, th­ese are peren­ni­ally pop­u­lar with visi­tors to the town but also with lo­cals who like to be good to them­selves. There are count­less more op­por­tu­ni­ties to treat your­self at the city’s bou­tique shops and at the mar­kets too. The daily mar­ket on Place Richelme in the Old Town sells ev­ery­thing from an­tique books to flow­ers and de­li­cious sun­ripened pro­duce.

Sim­i­lar again to Bath, Aix-en-Provence is a univer­sity town, ooz­ing in cul­ture and el­e­gance. This is no more ev­i­dent than on the stately av­enue of Cours Mirabeau that’s lined with plane trees, 18th-cen­tury town houses and bour­geois cafés. Lo­cals and visi­tors alike ar­rive at any time of day to en­joy a spot of peo­ple watch­ing here, whether it’s for a morn­ing cof­fee and a read of the pa­per, or a glass of rosé at dusk when the pave­ments come alive with the sound of lo­cals as they chat and un­wind af­ter a day in the sun.

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