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This shady boulevard is canopied in trees and punctuated by three lovely fountains. You can take a stroll down the street while admiring the regal buildings that flank its edges, including the Hôtel des Villiers and the Hôtel d'Arbod Jouques. Open-air cafes like Les Deux Garçons and a variety of market vendors also rest along this popular pedestrian corridor. The atmosphere here, on this crossroads of the Quartier Mazarin (or new town) and Villa comtale (old town), is cheery and chic.

"Cours Mirabeau is not to be missed," said one TripAdvisor user. "Although this is the grandest boulevard within old Aix, it has the down-to-earth feel, unlike the Parisian equivalent of the Champs Elysees."

Fun fact: The street is named after the 18th-century Count of Mirabeau, who was known for his less than attractive looks and his scandalous behavior (before his marriage, his carriage was seen outside of his fiancee's home all night long).

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#1 Le Grand Marche While in Aix-en-Provence, you must visit a provincial market. And Le Grand Marché refers to the many markets that flood the city's squares: You'll find fresh food and ... Read more » jatdoll / Flickr

#2 Cours Mirabeau This shady boulevard is canopied in trees and punctuated by three lovely fountains. You can take a stroll down the street while admiring the regal buildings that flank its edges ... Read more » Getty Images

#3 Mont Sainte-Victoire This mountain inspired quite a few of Cézanne's paintings, since the artist could see its pyramid shape (rising about 10 miles east of Aix) from his house. And it ... Read more » MojoBaer / Flickr

#4 Cathedrale St. Sauveur An ornate religious site, this cathedral doesn't have just one architectural identity — but that's what makes it special. Originally raised in the 5th century, the cathedral's construction ... Read more » Dragozov / Flickr

#5 Fondation Vasarely Just a few miles west of the city center, Fondation Vasarely is a museum housed in its own masterpiece (16 interconnected hexagons) filled with Victor Vasarely's optical art. This ... Read more » Elliott Brown / Flickr

#6 Atelier Cezanne For a little more than €5 EUR (or about $7 USD), you can tour Paul Cézanne's studio. Some of this artist's most famous works were painted here, including ... Read more » Courtesy Atelier Cézanne

#7 Camp des Milles A former tile factory, Camp des Milles opened in September 1939 as a French internment and deportation camp during World War II. Between 1939 and 1942, thousands of political dissidents ... Read more » Patrick Gaudin / Flickr

#8 Pavilion de Vendome Described by many travelers as an oasis within the city's limits, Pavilion de Vendôme is a charming villa surrounded by verdant gardens. The grandiose baroque building was constructed in ... Read more » Pernmith / Flickr

#9 Musee Granet Inside the Musée Granet, you'll find works by Van Dyck, Puget and, of course, Cézanne. You'll also see dozens of paintings by the museum's namesake, the French ... Read more » Elliott Brown / Flickr

#10 Thermes Sextius If you're a spa junkie, you'll definitely want to pay a visit to the Thermes Sextius. This luxurious spa is built on top of the thermal baths of ... Read more » Patrick Muller / Flickr

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The open-air markets of Aix are filled with goods like fresh produce, pastries, clothing and flowers. jatdoll / Flickr

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This pyramid-shaped mountain inspired many works by artist Paul Cézanne. MojoBaer / Flickr

This one cathedral boasts many different architectural styles — from Merovingian to Baroque. Dragozov / Flickr

Home to Victor Vasarely's optical art, the Fondation Vasarely is a masterpiece itself. The black-and-white building is made of 16 interconnected hexagons. Elliott Brown / Flickr

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Camp des Milles was once an internment and deportation camp during World War II. It's been converted into a museum and offers a visitors a look at that time period, along with a glimpse at some of the artwork that remains on the walls. Patrick Gaudin / Flickr

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