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You're Going to Love Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence, often simply called Aix by locals, is one of the most appealing destinations in the South of France. Richer than Marseille, cheaper than Paris, and 300 days of sunshine each year - it's perfect for romantic breaks and languid summer vacations.

It's just a short drive from the beaches of the Côte d'Azur and the ski slopes of Gap. And, of course, it's in the heart of Provence, where you're surrounded by fragrant lavender and sunflower fields and ancient olive groves.

Plus, it's the birthplace of Cézanne, and Aix-en-Provence has enough cultural and historic attractions to satisfy the keenest enthusiast. Discover the winding medieval streets of the historic center, explore Roman ruins in nearby Arles, or simply watch the world pass by as you sip coffee at a sidewalk café.

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Aix-en-Provence is a good choice at any time of year, although most people prefer to visit during the summer peak season from May to September when the famous lavender fields are in full bloom, and the sun gives the pale stone buildings a soft golden glow. However, it's worth considering a spring break when the city is blooming, or a visit in fall as the harvest comes in. Aix is also a popular winter vacation spot thanks to its proximity to local ski resorts and seasonal events like the Christmas market.

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Where to Stay in Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence is a university city so you'll find lots of affordable accommodation alongside boutique-style residences and upscale hotels. Good mid-range hotels include Hotel ibis Aix-en-Provence, Hôtel Aquabella, and Hôtel Best Western Le Galice. Luxury hotels like La Villa Gallici or Hôtel Aix-en-Provence - Hôtel de Gantès are ideal for special occasion trips.

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Shopping Streets

The Old Town's winding streets are filled with boutiques selling clothes, books, arts and crafts, and jewelry. For high street brands try Les Allées Provençales or catch the bus to the large Carrefour shopping mall for everything from fashion and accessories to homewares and electronics.

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Visit the bustling Aix street markets for the best fresh produce, or buy food and provisions from supermarkets like Monoprix and Coccimarket. 12 eggs cost EUR2.39 and a quart of whole milk is EUR0.92.

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$129.95
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$1.87
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$4.12

Where to Eat in Aix-en-Provence

Pick up a few boxes of Calissons d'Aix to give as gifts. The lozenge-shaped sweet is said to have been created in 1454 by Good King René for his young wife. Some of the best can be found at Béchard in Cours Mirabeau, Philippe Segond, or Léonard Parli. For something more filling try Café Brasserie le Grillon, or visit Les Deux Garçons, a historic restaurant where Cézanne, Renoir, and Monet enjoyed drinks in gilded rooms preserved since 1792. Lunch in a basic brasserie costs EUR20 while dinner in a mid-range restaurant is EUR45.

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