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Protected by Sainte Victoire Mountain, rising to a lofty 1,011 m, Aix is surrounded by richly-preserved countryside with authentic Provençal country houses set in formal gardens. It gets its name from the hot springs discovered when the city was founded by the Romans in 123 BC

In the 15th century, Aix was the capital of Provence: prosperous merchants and worthies made the city the ‘Provençal Florence’ we know today. Well-to-do residences, flower-filled squares, mansions, ancient fountains, shady lanes, ... all the images of the noble Provence of the 17th and 18th centuries are gathered together in Aix.

The great names in literature and painting have been inspired by the city’s charm: Guigou, Stendhal, Mistral, Zola, and Cézanne (there’s a circuit marked with the letter C running through Aix, so you can visit the places where the painter lived).

Recognized as a ‘Ciy of Art & Culture’, Aix possesses a rich architectural heritage, superbly restored and maintained. Mansions with their fine carved doors and windows with balconies and wrought-ironwork line the Cours Mirabeau and Rue Gaston de Saporta; Aix is a veritable open-air museum. The elegant people of Aix and the surrounding area come together in the Mazarin quarter’s chic boutiques.

Each Summer, The International Opera & Music Festival presents a sumptuous programme bringing together divas and maestros. The Dance Festival too has an international reputation.

Aix-en-Provence is also a university city, home to over 41,000 students. It has over 1,000 pupils in 4 colleges that offer numerous preparatory classes for Higher Education.

Key statistics

34 communes in the Pays d’Aix conurbation
361,836 inhabitants in the Pays d’Aix, including 145,721 in Aix-en-Provence itself.
41,000 students.
27,577 businesses including 24,221 with less than 10 staff and 152 with over 100 staff.
285 foreign companies are installed in the Pays d'Aix, including 95 from the USA, 48 from Germany, 28 from the UK

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Ranks as the 3rd region of France by population and wealth; boasting 4.7 million residents, it ranks 3rd among the regions of France by wealth - 19th among the regions of Europe. It is home to the ITER thermonuclear project at the Cadarache site. The Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region possesses an exceptional environment, making it sufficiently attractive that it is one of the world’s leading tourist destinations (it caters for 34 million tourists every year).
This attractiveness, which also forms the basis for one of the greatest concentrations of intellectual and technological resources in Europe, makes it a powerful region in terms of economic activity, in sectors as varied as telecommunications, microelectronics, life sciences, aerospace, marine technologies and multimedia activities, as well as food processing, chemicals and logistics. Note the various business parks such as Aix Les Milles, Cle Sud in Miramas, Sophia Antipolis in Nice.
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