Embellished with peaceful gardens, art galleries, leafy squares and famous fountains, Aix (pronounced like the letter X) is one of the most beautiful and relaxing areas in the South of France. Renting a villa in Aix-en-Provence is the perfect starting point for exploring this beautiful university town, which has inspired many writers and artists over the years. Aix was the birthplace of post-impressionist painter Paul Cézanne, and you can trace his legacy through the many museums and galleries. One of the most enjoyable aspects of visiting Aix-en-Provence is wandering the charming, tree-lined streets of Cours Mirabeau, the city’s central boulevard. With fashionable cafés, upscale boutiques and impressive and 17th and 18th Century mansions, it’s a hub of activity and a lovely spot to savour the late-afternoon sunshine.
A villa holiday in Aix wouldn’t be complete without exploring the amazing markets, selling everything you need for the perfect Provençal picnic. Try the Aix specialty of calissons, a sweet made from almonds and crystalised melon. If you’re up for a day trip, consider the town of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence close by, where Van Gogh painted 150 masterpieces.