“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.