Wellknown as a city of art and lights, Aix or Aix-en-Provence is situated in a plain overlooking the Arc, about a mile from the right bank of the river. It is a city in southern France, about 30 km north to Marseille. It is a sub-prefecture in the Bouches-du-Rhone department of Provence region and has population about 140,000 (2005). The city is inclined gently from north to south and has average 173m elevation. It covers an area around 186.08 km². The Montagne Sainte-Victoire located at the east side of the city can be easily watched.
Geographical co-ordinates of the city: 43°31′53″N, 05°25′24″E
The city experiences the warm temperature due to its position in south France. Aix has an excellent mild climate. The city gets protection from the winds of the North, but sometimes it has to face Mistral slightly. The average daily temperature ranges between 5°C to 6°C (January) and 21.9°C (July). The city experiences an average of 300 days of sunshine and not more than the 91 days of rain. The dry but pleasant summers bring a light continuous breeze. Also, winter season offers full sunshine and autumns are radiant and sunny.
Aix is a fantastic town whose resources are more based on art, academics and culture rather than on heavy industrial sector. This ancient city is responsible for the ancestral ways and customs that come up with the public festivals and celebrations in the province. The city offers a unique culture gained by the blends of traditions and modern life. The miraculous architectures of the city have been carefully preserved and restored and one can also watch the superb sculptured doors and windows and the complicated iron work on the balconies while strolling through the city.