Situated on the shore of the largest natural lake of glacial origin in France, the Lac du Bourget , this resort is a major French spa town , and has the largest freshwater marina in France. Although the thermal baths are no longer the main attraction in Aix, the area continues to be draw visitors for water sports and activities. The town has partially compensated for the loss of visitors coming for spa treatments by developing tourism. It hosts up to , general visitors annually, between tourists and people seeking mineral bath therapy.
The historic French province of Provence , located in the southeast corner of France between the Alps , the Mediterranean, the Rhone River and the upper reaches of the Durance River , was inhabited by Ligures beginning in Neolithic times; by the Celtic since about BC, and by Greek colonists since about BC. From until , it was a semi-independent state ruled by the Counts of Provence. In , the title passed to Louis XI of France. In Provence was legally incorporated into France. Provence has been a part of France for over years, but the people of Provence, particularly in the interior, have kept a cultural identity that persists to this day.