6 times stage town – 145,000 inhabitants (Aixois) With the benefit of a privileged climate, Aix-en-Provence is an elegant town with its streets and lively squares.
Here you can combine the pleasures of taking a stroll and window shopping with a noble heritage, enjoy a drink on the terraces whilst admiring the architectural beauty.
Every fountain has its secrets, every hotel its own stories.
The walled towns abound with parcs and gardens.
Aix is a canvas of happiness, with the colours of the festivals, fetes and traditions, Provencal markets and delicious treats.
It is also a meeting with Cézanne, a chance to live amongst the places and countryside that feature in the works of the father of modern painting.
Surrounding Aix you have the chance to discover the castles, chapels and other local heritage treasures.
A stroll will become a taste sensation between great restaurants, provençale specialities and AOC classified vineyards.
You will love the perched villages where the studios of artists and craftsmen are nestled, the Route Cézanne and its panoramas, the landscapes of the Sainte-Victoire during walks through the massif and the Mediterranean forest.
30 times stage town : 265,000 inhabitants (Montpelliérains) The Languedoc region, as all along the shores of the Mediterranean, is an ancient land of people and of passage.
It took 10 centuries to turn what was originally agricultural territory, le Monte Pestelario into the Montpellier of today.
With a rich history, sometimes tumultuous, sometimes dramatic, often brilliant, Montpellier, the regional and economic capital, is, at the start of the third millennium, a metropolis that ranks eighth in France for the number of inhabitants.
It won’t fail to seduce you, from its medieval streets to its new developments combining green spaces and prestigious buildings designed by the greatest international architects.
Served by trams designed by the Designer Christian Lacroix, Montpellier is leapfrogging its way to the front line of modernity : information technology and biotechnologies make up its main growth areas and enable it to forge an image of a young and entrepreneurial city.
A city that is equally dynamic in culture and sport.