The Cours de Mirabou has got to be one of the best reasons to visit Aix in Provence, when it comes to man-made beauty. Closed to traffic, it is a long street filled with shops, cafes, and restaurants, and probably more fountains than can be found anywhere in the area. Full, shady Sycamore trees line the street, and centuries-old cathedrals tower over everything.

Paul Cezanne, considered by artists like Picasso and Matisse as the father of modern art, was born in Aix. Walk in the steps of Cezanne after picking up a brochure at aix’s Tourist Office.

The March d’Aix (Aix Market) full of antiques, crafts, fresh fruit and vegetables, local products, and cheese, open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 7 am to 1 pm.

The Natural History Museum houses a display on dinosaurs, while just outside of Aix, one of the largest nesting sites known (where a cache of fossilized eggs was found) is located.

Hire a guide to show you around Aix’s historic and architectural sites. There’s so much to do and see, a guide can answer questions and lead you down to the right places to make the best of your visit.