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  • IS Aix-en-Provence

    IS Aix-en-Provence benefits from more than 40 years of experience in teaching French to foreign adults and welcomes students from all continents. We offer high quality French courses with small groups...

The South of France is sought for its mild and sunny Mediterranean climate. Aix-en-Provence, with an average of 300 days of sunshine a year, is no exception.

Nicknamed the city of water and art, this elegant French city is filled with parks, squares, fountains and beautiful baroque architecture, and buzzing with little shops, galleries, markets, restaurants, trendy bars and café terraces opened throughout the year. No wonder the city was adopted by many famous artists and writers such as Émile Zola or Ernest Hemingway.

Though a medium size city, Aix is well connected. Marseille airport, Marignane, is only thirty minutes’ drive away, and Aix station is on a main TGV line, with direct trains from Paris and even London. Many students attend the university and the many higher education institutes, adding a youthful atmosphere to this already dynamic city.

Aix-en-Provence and the surrounding region offer lots to do and see

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The Roman amphitheatre, medieval cathedral, 18th Century Corn exchange and many other buildings testify of the city’s rich history since its foundation by the Romans in 123 BC. For art and culture, visit the city's historical landmarks and museums or attend the internationally renowned classical music festival. The Grand Theatre of Provence in Aix presents a wide range of music and opera as well as plays.

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Discover Mediterranean cuisine in little bistros or gourmets restaurants. Local dishes use ingredients such as herbs, garlic, olives, anchovies, almonds, orange blossom... The surrounding countryside has been admired and painted by Paul Cézanne and many other artists till today, and little art galleries can be found in many villages in the region.

Follow the Cezanne trail to see where this local artist ate, drank, studied and painted. The Atelier Paul Cezanne, a recreation of his last studio, is a must-see and in July and August the gardens host an open-air cinema. To see Cezanne’s work, visit the Musee Granet. Housed in a 17th century priory of the Knights of Malta it contains Italian, Flemish and French art from the 16th to the 20th century, including works by Picasso, Leger, Matisse, Monet and Van Gogh.

The Provençal landscape is also known for its sunshine, lavender fields and vineyards. So it is no surprise that activities include outdoor activities for all ages as well as perfume making, cooking or wine tasting.

Aix-en-Provence is great place to experience the Provençal way of life while learning French.
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