A Stroll Down Le Cours Mirabeau

What's New — By Lia Del Priore on October 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Upon arrival in Aix-en Provence, one thing becomes abundantly clear; the city is meant for a long, leisurely stroll.  Strap on some walking shoes and wandering around this beautiful antique town.  Begin in the heart of the town with a walk along Le Cours Mirabeau.  There are so many things to take in, you’ll want to spend the entire afternoon gallivanting.  This beautiful main thoroughfare through the heart of the town was created in 1651 and was originally built to allow carriages through the quaint town.  The town was granted its name in honor of the great Mirabeau, the man who played a pivotal role in the French Revolution.  The street is lined with beautiful trees that were planted in 1830. The trees tower over the old street, creating the feeling that you’ve literally stepped back in time.  It’s here you’ll see the locals going about their business and having casual conversations around the many fountains.  It’s almost impossible not to feel the abundance of history on this street teeming with mansions that date back to the 17th Century.  From here, you can see many of the town’s local attractions and historic spots, so this is a great spot to being your journey into the heart of the town.  It is also lined with several eateries that are the perfect spot to grab a cappuccino and watch the locals going about their business.  Also along the street are several fountains whose trickling sounds create a lovely backdrop to your afternoon. This is easily one of the main attractions in Aix-en Provence, so be sure to leave plenty of time for exploring.