Well known as 'City of Thousand Fountains' because of hundreds of fountains, Aix-en-Provence (or simply Aix) is situated in a plain overlooking the Arc river, about 1.5km (1mile) from the right bank. The city is inclined gently from north to south and has an average 173m elevation. The Montagne Sainte-Victoire located on the east side of the city can be easily seen.
Geographical coordinates of the city: 43.5297° N, 5.4474° E
The city experiences a warm temperature due to its position in south France. The city gets protection from the winds of the North, but sometimes it faces Mistral, which makes it more cooler than usual. The average January temperature is about 6°C (43°F), and 24°C (75°F) is a July average temperature. The city experiences an average of 300 days of sunshine and not more than 91 days of rain. The dry but pleasant summers bring a continuous light breeze. Also, the winter season offers full sunshine, and autumns are radiant and sunny.
Aix is a wealthy and quiet town whose resources are based on art, academics, and culture rather than heavy industries. This ancient city is responsible for the ancestral ways and customs that come up with the public festivals and celebrations. The miraculous architecture of the city has been carefully preserved and restored. One can watch the superb sculptured doors and windows and the detailed ironwork on the balconies while strolling through the city.