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Aix-en-Provence

A pocket of left-bank Parisian chic deep in Provence, Aix (pronounced like the letter X) is all class: its leafy boulevards and public squares are lined with 17th- and 18th-century mansions, punctuated by gurgling moss-covered fountains. Haughty stone lions guard its grandest avenue, cafe-laced cours Mirabeau, where fashionable Aixois pose on polished pavement terraces, sipping espresso. While Aix is a student hub, its upmarket appeal makes it pricier than other Provençal towns.

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Musée Granet

Aix established one of France's first public museums here, on the site of a former Hospitallers' priory, in 1838. Nearly 200 years of acquisitions 


Caumont Centre d’Art

Caumont Centre d’Art

The Caumont is a stellar art space housed inside the Mazarin quarter’s grandest 18th-century hîtel particulier (mansion). While there are three quality


Les Milles detention camp near Aix-en-Provence.

Camp des Milles

Eight kilometres southwest of Aix is the town of Les Milles, where this imposing factory produced bricks and tiles from 1882 until 31 August 1939, when it


Fontaine de la Rotonde on the Cours Mirabeau in the centre of Aix-en-Provence.

Fontaine de la Rotonde

Built in 1860 as the centrepiece to the place de la Rotonde, the roundabout at the western edge of Cours Mireabeau, this magnificent fountain is adorned


Cours Mirabeau

Cours Mirabeau

No streetscape better epitomises Provence’s most graceful city than this 440m-long, fountain-studded street, sprinkled with Renaissance hîtels


Vieil Aix

One of Aix' great charms is its historical centre: ramble through it, drinking in divine streetscapes as you choose which historical, cultural or culinary


Fondation Victor Vasarely

Fondation Victor Vasarely

This gallery, 4km west of the city, was designed by Hungarian optical-art innovator Victor Vasarely (1906–97). An architectural masterpiece, it has 16


CarriĂšres de Bibemus

CarriĂšres de Bibemus

In 1895 CĂ©zanne rented a cabanon (cabin) at the CarriĂšres de Bibemus, east of Aix, where he painted 27 works. Atmospheric one-hour tours of the ochre


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15 Best Things to Do in Aix-en-Provence (France)

An urbane city noted for its elegance and high-culture, Aix has been settled by some of France’s preeminent minds and artists. Most notable of all is Paul CĂ©zanne who immortalised the limestone peak of the Montagne Sainte-Victoire, which rises to the east of the city. Provence is famously scorching in summer, but the streets of Aix are kept cool by the shade of its handsome honey-coloured buildings and plane trees, as well as the spray from the many fountains.

See the baroque and rococo 17th and 18th-century “hĂŽtels” in the Quartier Mazarin, and stroll along Cours Mirabeau, the boulevard where Camus and Hemingway would have come for lunch when they lived in the city.

Lets explore the best things to do in Aix-en-Provence :

1. Aix Cathedral – triptych

Aix Cathedral - triptych

Arriving at this monument on Rue Gaston de Saporta you’ll see right away how Aix Cathedral blends different styles and eras.

To the left is the gothic portal with beautiful sculpture and the Virgin with Child in the centre.

But next door to this is the romanesque entrance from the 1100s, which joins onto a much older Roman wall, believed to have belonged to a temple to Apollo.

The thing you have to see inside above all else is the 15th-century Burning Bush triptych painted by Avignon artist Nicolas Froment.

The middle panel portrays the Virgin and Child, with Moses in the foreground, and on the sides are René of Anjou and Queen Jeanne who commissioned the work.

Old Aix

Don’t resist the urge to see every nook and cranny of Aix’ old centre, north of Cours Mirabeau, for its gorgeous architecture, charming markets, unexpected historical flourishes and the constant feeling that you’re walking in the shoes of great artists and writers.

It’s a heady concoction, so you could use the city’s famous fountains as the basis for your tour.

Many of these are Roman springs and have been hydrating Aix for thousands of years, even if their design has changed.

There are cafes, boutiques, classic French amenities and galleries, and, in the Mediterranean style, there’s still a sense of bustle after midnight in summer.

Go to Rue Jacques de la Roque to see the old ramparts, take a coffee in Place de l’HĂŽtel de ville to study the Old Belfry, and its ancient Roman stonework at the base.

3. Cours Mirabeau

Cours Mirabeau

The fitting finale for your wander around the oldest part of Aix is Cours Mirabeau, below which are newer but no less wonderful streets of Mazarin.

This avenue has a wide walkway shaded by rows of lush plane trees, and is replete with mansions and restaurants that were the haunts of French cultural icons like Camus, CĂ©zanne and Zola.

You can bask in their lingering glow at dinner or simply just come for a simple croissant and coffee in the morning as Aix stirs to life.

On the western limit is La Rotonde, possibly the most beautiful of Aix’ fountains, while the strangest,  La Fontaine d’Eau Chaude is fed by a host spring, is covered with moss and creates a delicate mist on cold winter days.

4. Atelier CĂ©zanne

Atelier CĂ©zanne

Surrounded by olive groves and fig orchards on the Lauves Hill is Paul CĂ©zanne’s studio where he worked for the last four years of his life.

It’s about 15 minutes on foot from the centre, and he would make a daily commute from his home on Rue Boulegon out to this studio, which had been purpose-built according to the artist’s own designs.

The place hasn’t been touched since he passed away 110 years ago, so for lovers of his work it’s a setting where you’ll almost be able to feel his presence.

His smock is hanging up, still stained with paint, and there are objects that appear in his work all around this single room.

5. Montagne Sainte-Victoire

Montagne Sainte-Victoire

The CĂ©zanne theme continues at this renowned limestone ridge 20 kilometres east of Aix, and visible from his studio.

It was an inspiration for CĂ©zanne who painted it many times, from different angles and in different lights.

The mountain peaks at over 1,000 metres and is scattered with little religious sites that you’ll meet unexpectedly, like the Priory of Sainte-Victoire or the Saint-Ser Hermitage, which is sculpted from a cave.

If you want to go to the top where a cross has been mounted, start at Barrage du Bimont and the round trip will take about two hours.

In mid-summer you might be just as happy to stay by the Lac de Bimont and savour the sight of the mountain without conquering it!

6. Musée Granet

Musée Granet

In the old priory buildings of the Église Saint-Jean-de-Malte, the MusĂ©e Granet has a collection of almost 12,000 paintings, sculptures and historic artefacts.

And, you guessed it, one of the must-sees is the room dedicated to CĂ©zanne, with nine oil paintings by the post-impressionist.

In recent years the museum has received a big donation from the Planque Foundation, created by the heirs of Jean Planque, a prolific Swiss art collector.

This has endowed Musée Granet with works by Picasso and Kandinsky to go with an already distinguished assembly of baroque paintings from the 17th-century French school, and the likes of Rembrandt, Rubens and Jacob Jordaens.

7. HĂŽtels Particuliers – Mazarine

Place des Quatre-Dauphins

When Michele Mazzarino was made Archbishop of Aix in 1645 he had some big plans for the city, and over the next few years ordered a whole new district below the Cours Mirabeau.

This was where the gentry and wealthy merchants would make their homes, in marvellous HĂŽtels.

Many of these are on the southern side of Cours Mirabeau overlooking the walkway, so this is a good place to start your walking tour, and there are many more to be found on Rue Mazarine, Rue Goyrand, Rue Carinale, Rue Roux-AlphĂ©ran, Rue du Quatre-Septembre and Rue d’Italie.

Stop at Place des Quatre-Dauphins for a photo of the fountain with four sculpted dolphins and dating 1667. Most agree that it’s the loveliest fountain in the city, which is saying a lot for Aix.

8. HĂŽtel de Caumont

HĂŽtel de Caumont

On Rue Joseph-Cabassol is one of the few hĂŽtels open to the public and among the most magnificent.

It’s a French “monument historique” and was built between 1745 and 1742 for the Marquess of Cabanes.

The interior has been conserved in all its 18th-century finery, with rococo gilded plasterwork and furniture.

One of the many fine rooms is the Salon de Musique, with a Louis XV-style harpsichord from the mid-1700s, a painted harp and armchairs with floral motifs.

The mansion puts on high-profile temporary art exhibitions: Canaletto in 2015, and then Turner in 2016.

9. Église Saint-Jean-de-Malte

Église Saint-Jean-de-Malte

Built in five short years between 1272 and 1277 this church was the first gothic building to be built in Provence.

It was built outside of the city on the road to Italy, and its appearance was inspired by the hospital of St.

John in Jerusalem, constructed during the crusades.

So that explains why there’s a military feel about this building, with loopholes either side of the portal and few large openings in the facade apart from the stunning rose window.

The highlight inside is the collection of art, with pieces by feted artists such as Louis Finson and Michel Serre.

10. Markets

Place des PrĂȘcheurs

You’ll have no doubt that you’re in Provence when you catch the scent of lavender while pottering around an open-air market in Aix.

They should be your first destination for fresh produce and Provençal delights.

There are food markets on Place des PrĂȘcheurs and Place de la Madeleine on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday, and one every day on Place Richelme.

Don’t shop anywhere else if you’re staying at self-catered apartment! There’s also a flower market on alternating days on Place de la Mairie and Place des PrĂȘcheurs, while on Tuesdays and Thursdays there are stalls selling clothing and fabrics on Cours Mirabeau.

11. Wine Tourism ChĂąteau La Coste

ChĂąteau La Coste

Aix-en-Provence is in the second-largest wine-appellation in Provence, growing MourvÚdre, Grenache and Cinsaut grapes, and mostly producing reds but with a third of output taken up by rosés, which are fabulous in the summer.

The array of vineyards an caves around Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence AOC is such that many people leave the decision-making in the hands of professional tour companies.

If you want a full-on experience you can go on an all-day tour.

But if you’re pressed for time ChĂąteau la Coste is moments north of the city and puts on tours educating you about the grapes used in each bottle of wine and every step of how they’re fermented and aged.

The  Chùteau also has modern sculpture park with works by Tracey Emin and Andy Goldsworthy, to name two.

12. Camp des Milles

Camp des Milles

Southwest of the city is a memorial that might bring you back to earth after all the culture and beauty of Aix.

Camp des Milles is France’s only Second World War internment and deportation camp that to be preserved and open to visitors.

Between 1939 and an 1942 it processed thousands of prisoners from countries all over Europe, but especially German and Austrians who had fled to the South of France after the Nazis had seized power.

Numerous important artists and writers were interned here, like Max Ernst and the Nobel Prize laureate Otto Fritz Meyerhof.

There are video installations at the camp, and maybe it’s a place where you can take a moment to reflect before moving on to more indulgent pleasures.

13. Musée du Calisson

Musée du Calisson

Calissons make a cracking gift to take home from Aix; these summery sweets are made from candied fruit and almond paste, and then covered with a layer of icing.

They also usually come in cute, vintage-style packaging.

Anyway, if you’d like to know how this favourite Aix delicacy is made you can visit the sleek and sustainable new factory at the Confiserie du Roy RenĂ©, which is set within two hectares of almond groves.

On a tour you can walk on a mezzanine level above the factory floor and get to know the history, method and ingredients with interactive exhibits and displays of antique machinery.

14. Aix-en-Provence Opera Festival

Aix-en-Provence Opera Festival

It’s only right that Aix should hold one of France’s most celebrated cultural festivals, inviting the most famous opera performers from around the world.

Lasting throughout July, the festival has three main venues: The rococo ThĂ©Ăątre du Jeu de Paume, dating to the middle of the 18th century, the modern Grand ThĂ©Ăątre de Provence and the ThĂ©Ăątre de l’ArchevĂȘchĂ© in an unbeatable outdoor space in the courtyard of the Archbishop’s Palace.

It’s been going since 1948 and is known for its broad repertoire, staging modern operas by Benjamin Britten and Prokofiev as well as the classics by Handel, Wagner, Mozart and Verdi, a revaluating forgotten baroque operas.

15. Mini Tram

Mini Tram

If time is of the essence or you have children that aren’t up to walking around Aix’ streets for hours the Mini Tram will give you a convenient summary of all the major sights.

It’s a stylish 57-seater road train, with a couple of cool high-tech touches, including multi-lingual commentary via a headset.

Another neat touch is the roof, which is transparent so you won’t have to crane your neck to see the loftier buildings.

So you’ll pick up tidbits about the city’s history that might otherwise have passed you by.

Tours take 45 minutes and depart from Brasserie Le Festival on Cours Mirabeau.

15 Best Things to Do in Aix-en-Provence (France):

  • Aix Cathedral - triptych
  • Cours Mirabeau
  • Atelier CĂ©zanne
  • Montagne Sainte-Victoire
  • MusĂ©e Granet
  • HĂŽtels Particuliers - Mazarine
  • HĂŽtel de Caumont
  • Église Saint-Jean-de-Malte
  • Wine Tourism ChĂąteau La Coste
  • Camp des Milles
  • MusĂ©e du Calisson
  • Aix-en-Provence Opera Festival

Aix-en-Provence

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Aix-en-Provence , city of water and city of art of the Bouches-du-RhÎne department, offers visitors the possibility to discover the works of Cézanne, but also of many other artists in the various museums, foundations and cultural spaces of the city such as the Musée Granet, The Gallifet Hotel, the museum of old Aix, the HÎtel de Caumont, the Atelier de Cézanne, the Pavillon VendÎme
 As you stroll through the narrow streets of Aix-en-Provence, you can admire the various fountains , built between the 15th and 19th centuries. The Fountain of the Preachers, the Fountain of the Tanners, the Fountain of the Four Dolphins, etc. have become real monuments in the city.

The mansions are also an integral part of the tourist heritage of Aix-en-Provence. Dating from the 17th century, they are representative of the history of the Aix nobility, particularly in the Mazarin district. As you walk in front of the buildings, you can appreciate the beauty of the facades and doors of the Hîtel d’Agut, the Hîtel de Gastaud, the Hîtel Bonnet de la Baume, the Hîtel de Forbin, etc. Aix-en-Provence is full of architectural treasures and historical monuments , remains of the past and we invite you to discover the Saint-Sauveur cathedral and its cloister.

Capital of Provence, the city of a thousand fountains makes it a point of honor to perpetuate customs during traditional holidays such as Christmas, for example. It is also a good opportunity to learn about local gastronomy . On market days, you can take the opportunity to meet the producers on their colorful stalls. To discover all the richness of the Pays d’Aix, take the hiking trails that may take you to the Sainte-Victoire mountain.

Atelier de CĂ©zanne

The Atelier de CĂ©zanne (CĂ©zanne’s studio) was the artist’s privileged place during the last four years of his life. He decided to settle in the Aix-en-Provence countryside, on the Lauves hill, to paint his childhood landscapes such as the Sainte-Victoire mountain , an inexhaustible source of inspiration. The studio tries to recreate the working atmosphere that reigned with some of the painter’s works, his personal objects, documents, materials, easels, paintings, work clothes
 The studio is part of the CĂ©zanne sites in Aix-en-Provence alongside the Bastide du Jas de Bouffan, CĂ©zanne’s cottage, the BibĂ©mus Quarries and CĂ©zanne’s house at L’Estaque in Marseille.

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HĂŽtel de Caumont

Located in the Mazarin district, the aristocratic district of the city, the HĂŽtel de Caumont is composed of a courtyard, a dwelling and a garden. It characterizes the French architecture of the 18th century and is today listed as a historical monument . Former private mansion which hosted the Aix high society for memorable parties, the owners succeeded one another, it then became the National Conservatory of Music and Dance Darius Milhaud before opening its doors to the public as an art center named «  Caumont Centre d’Art,  » for temporary exhibitions and visits to the apartments.

Saint-Sauveur Cathedral

The Saint-Sauveur Cathedral is listed as a historical monument . It has three naves of different styles: Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque which represent the evolution of construction between the 5th and 18th centuries. The building is attached to its cloister . It is made up of four galleries and exudes tranquility. Built by canons of the cathedral, it consists of semicircular arches resting on columns. On the four main columns, you can see one of the four living creatures of the apocalypse: the man, the lion, the eagle and the bull.

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Le Cours Mirabeau

The Cours Mirabeau , which measures 440 meters long, is one of the city’s emblems. It connects the Mazarin district to the south and the old town to the north. It is the most frequented, and the most lively place in Aix-en-Provence. All along the Cours Mirabeau, lined with plane trees, there are four fountains , including the Fontaine du Roi RenĂ©. You can go there to stroll around, admire the facades of the buildings or sit on the terrace of a cafĂ© or restaurant and enjoy the sun of Provence.

D’Albertas Fountain

The D’Albertas fountain was installed on the square of the same name during the 19th century. Redone identically in 1912 following cracks, students of the Arts et MĂ©tiers school of Aix-en-Provence created a cast iron bowl for it. The square was built on the initiative of the D’Albertas family, one of the most important in the city in the 18th century. They decided to enhance the entrance of their private mansion using the model of the Parisian royal squares.

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Practical information

  • Tourist Office of Aix-en-Provence : https://www.aixenprovencetourism.com/
  • Road service : A8 Highway (from Cannes, Nice or Menton), A51 Highway (from Marseille or Sisteron), A7/A6 Highways (from Avignon, Lyon or Paris), A52/A50 Highways (from Aubagne or Toulon), A54 Highway (from Arles, NĂźmes or Montpellier)
  • Air access : Marseille Provence Airport (25 minutes)
  • Railroad access : TGV station (15 minutes)
  • Also discover : Aix-en-Provence Markets

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Aix-en-Provence

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  • 1 Understand
  • 2.1 By train
  • 2.3 By plane
  • 3 Get around
  • 8.2 Mid-range
  • 8.3 Splurge
  • 10.1 Independent apartments
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Aix-en-Provence (usually simply called Aix) is a small, classically Provençal town. It is famous for being the home of the artist Paul Cézanne. The arrival of the TGV (high-speed train) station has brought lots of vacationers from the north, and Aix has turned into a shopping town with high variety and representation considering its small size. Three universities and several French-language schools for international students produce a very strong student presence.

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Aix has always been a rich city. There is a high contrast between Marseille (only 30 km and half an hour away). Whereas Marseille is one the poorest French cities (but still a unique and not to be missed town), Aix is perhaps one of the richest. People seeking for budget or popular places should continue to Marseille.

Still, Aix has a lot to offer. It is a quiet, clean and comfortable city. The city centre is mostly pedestrian and, though it is quite small (you can cross the centre in 15 minutes by foot), offers long hours of nice walks. As in all Provençal towns, the city centre consists of narrow streets, lined with interesting buildings from 17th-century hotels to paved plazas.

  • 43.525869 5.444187 1 Office de Tourisme ( Tourist Office ), 300 Av. Giuseppe Verdi , ☏ +33 4 42 16 11 61 . The tourist office is perhaps the nicest in all of southern France, with large touch-screen computers available to browse the city virtually through Google Maps. ( updated Jun 2015 )

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By train [ edit ]

Aix has both a TGV and a regular station and is well-connected to the Paris — Marseille line and (via Marseille) to the Genoa — Nice — Barcelona line.

By bus [ edit ]

  • 43.523465 5.440432 3 Gare RoutiĂšre ( bus station ), ☏ +33 891 024 025 . There is an express coach from Marseille (St Charles station) to Aix which takes 30–40 minutes, €7 one way. There are also regular shuttles to the TGV station and the airport. ( updated Oct 2023 )
  • Nice – Buses from Care RoutiĂšre Vauban in Nice (via Nice airport) go daily at 06:10 (not Sundays and holidays), 07:35, 09:25 (not Sundays and holidays), 12:00, and 17:15. They take about 3 hr 30 min and cost €30 .

By plane [ edit ]

Fly into Marseille or Nice . Marseille is nearer (just south), but budget airlines such as EasyJet prefer Nice. There is a navette (shuttle bus) that can take you from the airport to the bus station near the center of town.

By car [ edit ]

If you come from anywhere up north you will most likely use the A7 motorway ( Route du Soleil ) that runs from Lyon to Marseille (whether you come from Switzerland or from the UK via Paris ). At exit 27, take A8 ( La Provencale ) to Aix. From Spain , you'll take A9 ( La Languedocienne ), then turn onto A54 through the city of Arles (you might consider stopping there), then turn onto A7 and A8 respectively, as described above. From Italy, just take A8 passing Nice and all the posh CĂŽte d'Azur resorts.

Avoiding toll roads can be slow but highly pleasurable, many of the routes nationales offer wonderful scenery that motorways can't deliver (save maybe some parts of the A8 east of Nice).

Parking in Aix can be quite difficult. There is at least one free car park but allow plenty of time to find a space (and the spaces can be quite tight to get into!).

Get around [ edit ]

Aix is a fairly small city and can be easily navigated by foot. Within the city centre, electric microbuses called La Diabline provide service on 3 routes every 10 minutes (€0.60, Oct 2023).

The city bus system is also very efficient and has numerous stops within the city, and connects Aix with nearby villages, towns, and Marseille. The city bus also runs to Carrefour Les Milles, a large shopping centre. Discounted tickets for frequent bus users can be purchased at the main bus station. The ticket office also sells discounted multi-pack tickets for the bus from Aix to Marseille and the TGV station (located between the two cities).

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Aix is famous for its fountains. The largest and the most popular one is on the Cours Mirabeau, the main avenue through town, as well as a moss-covered fountain which draws its water from a hot spring.

Along with searching out the dozens of fountains sprawled around the city, Aix is known for its architecture. The varied and often intricate doors are a key feature, as well as the bell towers. The bell towers throughout Aix-en-Provence, and Provence more generally, are made of wrought iron. This allows the strong winds of the Mistral to flow straight through them, since solid stone would be destroyed by the force of the winds.

The city market in Cours Mirabeau runs Tu Th Sa mornings (as of Oct 2023), but the largest and most colourful is the Saturday market which includes a flower market at the Place de l'Hotel de Ville and the main food market is at Place Richelme.

It has also become known as the home of Cézanne's later works. You can see his atelier with some of the original objects he painted into his still lives. The Bibémus Quarries allow you to see Mt. St. Victoire, the mountains he captured in many of his paintings. You can also visit the Manor of Jas de Bouffan which houses many of his masterpieces. To see all three, you need at least two days in Aix.

Among the main landmarks in the town are:

  • 43.527526 5.450742 3 Passage Agard . Built as a Carmelite monastery. ( updated Jun 2015 )

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  • 43.52161 5.42449 12 Vasarely Foundation , 1, Avenue Marcel Pagnol ( Bus A from the Gare RoutiĂšre (10 min, €1.20, pay by credit card) ), ☏ +33 442 200 109 . 10:00-18:00 . Gallery dedicated to the works of the Hungarian-born French Op Art painter Victor Vasarely. Adult €15, senior €12, youth €8, child €5 . ( updated Oct 2023 )
  • 43.525569 5.452628 13 MusĂ©e Granet , Place Saint Jean de Malte . Museum devoted to painting, sculpture and the archeology of Aix. Part of the collection is on a second site 300 metres away. ( updated Mar 2023 )
  • 43.530872 5.447395 15 Museum of Old Aix ( Le MusĂ©e du Vieil Aix ), 17 rue Gaston de Saporta , ☏ +33 4 88 71 74 31 . 15 Apr-15 Oct: 10:00-12:30, 13:30-17:00 . Small museum dedicated to the history & heritage of Aix. Free on first Sunday of month. €4 , free for under 26 . ( updated Mar 2023 )
  • 43.526072 5.449185 17 Hotel de Caumont , 3, rue Joseph Cabassol , ☏ +33 4 42 20 70 01 , [email protected] . Daily 10:00-18:00 . Art centre in old house built in 1715 for the marquis de Cabannes. Has substantial gardens. Tickets can be purchased on-line. Full price €14.50 for further options see website. . ( updated Mar 2023 )

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Aix is a fairly quiet town, but if you really want to, there can be many things to do. At the tourist office you can learn about the more modern activities include bowling, billiards, pubs, etc.

Another option is to hire a bicycle (for about €10 for five hours) and ride around Aix. This is a very good way to see the town that is outside the center. You can find many interesting places and buildings that you wouldn't have seen other wise. Be careful though when riding in the centre of the town, since it is very crowded most of the time.

There is also a bus that leaves off the Fontaine de la Rotonde for 43.53182 5.61279 1 Sainte-Victoire Mountain and you get there in ten minutes. Pack a lunch and put comfortable shoes on to do a nature walk or to climb the mountain. At the top there is a monastery where you can stay over night, make sure to bring fire wood.

If you have done too much walking, these three cinemas show some films in the original language (VO), just make sure you speak the language!

Learn [ edit ]

One of the 43.51551 5.4462 2 campuses of Aix-Marseille University is located in the town.

Buy [ edit ]

Aix has many major fashion boutiques, as well as a plethora of small clothing stores, perfumeries, and touristy souvenir shops. They are complemented by a few open-air markets in large squares, offering home made and grown goods and cafes.

For everyday items, look for various convenience stores, e.g., Monoprix (even on the Cours Mirabeau) with clothing and sundries at street level and a decent selection of groceries, and bottled beverages on the level below.

Eat [ edit ]

Aix has an incredible number of restaurants compared to its small size. Most of them are gathered in a small area in the old city, between Place des Cardeurs and the Rotonde (Cours Mirabeau). Restaurants and bars on the Cours Mirabeau tend to be more expensive though, while some might be considered tourist traps, others are among the best places to eat in the city.

You can try Calissons , a specialty of the region consisting of a smooth, pale yellow, homogeneous paste of candied fruit (especially melons and oranges) and ground almonds topped with a thin layer of royal icing. Calissons have a texture not unlike that of marzipan, but with a fruitier, distinctly melon-like flavour. Calissons are often almond-shaped and are typically about 2 in (51 mm) in length.

Budget [ edit ]

Aix en Provence is home to the Erasmus students' food of choice. If you really want to eat like a local and save a couple of euros, a great place to eat is the many corner restaurants that offer doner kebabs. For four euros you get a "sandwich," wrapped in a galette or pita, that includes lettuce, tomatoes, onion, meat, French fries and be sure to ask for sauce blanche. This is very delicious and cheap. There are many restaurants that do their kebabs differently so be sure to try a few!

In combination with patisseries and bakeries, convenience stores (noted under "Buy" above) also offer good opportunities for economical self-catering, even for day visitors.

  • 43.526005 5.44607 1 CrĂȘpes Ă  Gogo , 2 Av. Victor Hugo ( pedestrian underpass beneath Avenue Victor Hugo, as it reaches La Rotonde (Place Generale de Gaulle) ). M-Sa 12:00-19:00 . A popular place that will fill you up with delicious and authentic crĂȘpes for only a few euros. ( updated Oct 2023 )
  • 43.527614 5.451502 2 Club Sandwiches , 3 Pt Rue Saint-Jean . ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 43.52781 5.445762 3 Chamas Tacos Aix en Provence Couronne , 17 Rue de la Couronne . ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 43.525517 5.443952 4 Maison Nosh , Pl. François Villon . ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 43.527592 5.445513 5 Tita , 11 Rue des Bernardines . ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 43.527336 5.446022 6 Pittz - Falafels et salades maison , 3 Rue de la Couronne . ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 43.526932 5.446048 7 Capri Rotonde , 48 Rue Espariat , ☏ +33 4 42 24 84 73 . ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 43.527261 5.450496 8 Capri Fabrot , 1, rue Fabrot , ☏ +33 4 42 38 55 43 . ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 43.529634 5.448248 9 Capri Richelme , 48-50, Place Richelme , ☏ +33 4 42 21 49 01 . ( updated Feb 2023 )

Mid-range [ edit ]

  • 43.527789 5.444671 10 Chez Charlotte , 32 Rue des Bernardines , ☏ +33 4 42 26 77 56 . A very good restaurant very famous for locals. It proposes simple and reasonably cheap French food in a friendly atmosphere. Menu of the day: two courses €24, three courses €29.50. Mains from €17 . ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 43.528387 5.446735 11 Jacqou le Croquant , 2 Rue AumĂŽne Vieille , ☏ +33 4 42 27 37 19 . A lovely restaurant, family owned, this little establishment is "very french," very friendly, and perhaps the best food you'll find for around €15 (June 2015). It also has a courtyard in back. ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 43.52939 5.447006 12 La Maison des Fondues , 11-13 rue de la Verrerie , ☏ +33 4 42 63 07 78 . It offers a wide range of delicious fondues. The Normande, made with apple cider instead of kirsch, is lovely, and the Provençale is sublime. ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 43.530953 5.449778 13 Betty's Resto by House Cookies , 40 rue bourgeon , ☏ +33 6 50 22 63 92 . American food with high quality local products. A small establishment in the American style in the city centre. ( updated Feb 2023 )

Splurge [ edit ]

  • 43.531889 5.450619 14 VintrĂ©pide , 48 Rue du Puits Neuf , ☏ +33 9 83 88 96 59 . ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 43.530056 5.446081 15 Le Poivre d'Ane , 40 Place Forum des Cardeurs , ☏ +33 4 42 21 32 66 . Modern and experimental cuisine, 2 set menus, and a la carte at a higher price ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 43.528062 5.444536 16 La ChimĂšre CafĂ© , 15 Rue BruyĂšs , ☏ +33 4 42 38 30 00 . A lovely place for a romantic meal and Provençal-styled fare, though somewhat pricey. ( updated Feb 2023 )

Drink [ edit ]

Like restaurants there are plenty of bars, pubs, night-clubs in Aix. A nice and relatively cheap place to have a drink is the 43.53018 5.44778 1 Bar de La Mairie on Place de la Mairie.

For those who would like to meet with the local student population, the bar 43.52874 5.44812 2 Le Brigand might be a good choice. The prices are reasonable, and the ambiance is convivial: most of the regular customers are either tourists, or students. But be sure not to arrive too late, for the place may quickly be overcrowded, and you may have to drink your pint outside, without any chair or table!

Sleep [ edit ]

Independent apartments [ edit ].

  • Atelier Monclar . 4-star apartment in the city centre. Calm design and fully equipped. ( updated Jan 2023 )
  • 43.52931 5.45349 1 HĂŽtel des Arts , 3 rue de la Fonderie , ☏ +33 442381177 , [email protected] . Check-in: 15:00 , check-out: 11:00 . Good quality and price in the centre. ( updated Jan 2023 )
  • 43.53332 5.44629 2 Hotel Paul , 10 avenue Pasteur , ☏ +33 4 42 23 23 89 , [email protected] .  
  • 43.49062 5.52603 3 Hotel F1 ( Meyreuil , 10 km from Aix-en-Provence ), ☏ +33 891 70 51 55 , fax : +33 4 42 58 69 43 , [email protected] . Very cheap.  
  • 43.51202 5.46576 4 Ibis , Chemin des Infirmeries , ☏ +33 4 42 27 98 20 , fax : +33 4 42 38 50 76 , [email protected] .  

Campers should find a campground establishment, rather than camping alone in a forest for example, as the area surrounding this city is known to have wolves.

  • 43.52358 5.44947 5 Grand Hotel Mercure du Roi RenĂ© , 24 boulevard du Roi RenĂ© , ☏ +33 4 42 37 61 00 , fax : +33 4 42 37 61 11 , [email protected] .  
  • 43.51347 5.46644 6 Novotel Beau Manoir les Trois Sautets , Rue Marcel Arnaud, RĂ©sidence Beaumanoir , ☏ +33 4 42 91 15 15 , [email protected] .  
  • 43.51145 5.45699 7 Novotel Pont de l'Arc FenouillĂšres , Avenue Arc de Meyran , ☏ +33 4 42 16 09 09 , fax : +33 4 42 26 00 09 , [email protected] .  
  • 43.53106 5.44491 8 AquaBella , 2 Rue des Étuves , ☏ +33 4 42 99 15 00 , [email protected] . Nice four-star hotel with pool, garden and hammam. Breakfast included normally, served on terrace looking into gardens and pool area. Drinks fairly expensive. Nice flat easy walk to town centre. ( updated Jan 2023 )

Connect [ edit ]

As of July 2023, Aix and its surrounds have 5G from all French carriers.

Stay safe [ edit ]

Aix is a safe city to visit, but crime does occur there. As with all French cities, tourists in Aix should be especially conscious of the risk of pickpockets and theft. Be aware of your surroundings. Do not leave valuables within view in parked cars. Exercise increased caution at night, and use the taxis that leave from the Rotonde fountain if you are returning to the outlying neighborhoods late in the evening. Avoid public parks after dark.

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11 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Aix-en-Provence

Written by Lisa Alexander Updated Dec 22, 2023 We may earn a commission from affiliate links ( )

Author Lisa Alexander spent two years living in France and has traveled the country extensively.

A slow-paced lifestyle and sultry Provençal charm make Aix-en-Provence an appealing tourist destination. Bathed in the sunshine of its southern climate, Aix-en-Provence reveals its beauty in tree-lined streets and stately squares.

A street in Aix-en-Provence

During summertime, some of the main attractions are leafy parks or shaded sidewalk cafés, and balmy evenings that allow you to experience the art de vivre with leisurely meals on restaurant terraces.

Known as the "City of Counts" because the Counts of Provence once lived here, Aix-en-Provence has several impressive old aristocratic palaces. There are also hundreds of fountains: Aix-en-Provence is called the "City of a Thousand Fountains."

The city boasts two interesting historic areas: Vieil Aix and the Mazarin quarter divided by the Cours Mirabeau , a beautiful tree-lined avenue. Other cultural attractions include the world-class Granet Museum, CĂ©zanne's art studio, and a trail of sites that CĂ©zanne frequented. The museums of Aix-en-Provence are among the best places to visit in Provence for a look at the region's artistic heritage.

For more sightseeing ideas, see our list of the top attractions and things to do in Aix-en-Provence.

See also: Where to Stay in Aix-en-Provence

1. Vieil Aix (Old Town)

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Fountain on Place d'Albertas

One of the best things to do while visiting Aix-en-Provence is wandering the charming streets and squares of Vieil Aix. The public squares of Aix-en-Provence feature elegant architecture and decorative fountains. Many squares are shaded by tall leafy trees, which makes these outdoor spaces inviting on warm days.

At the center of the Old Town is the Place de l'HÎtel de Ville . You can begin a tour at this square to see the 17th-century town hall building, with its beautiful Italian-style façade and ornately carved wooden doors, and the 16th-century Tour de l'Horloge , the old city belfry with an astronomical clock from 1661.

The Place de l'HÎtel de Ville centers around the 17th-century HÎtel de Ville (Town Hall), where you'll find outdoor café tables spread out beneath shady trees on the square's stone-paved terrace.

HĂŽtel de Ville (Town Hall) in Vieil Aix

If you are visiting on the right day of the week, the famous flower market, Le Marché aux Fleurs , is a popular place to visit. It takes over the Place de l'HÎtel de Ville every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday morning (8:30am until 1pm) year-round. With its magnificent array of colorful blossoms, the flower market has provided inspiration for many artists.

Continue walking along the Old Town's peaceful streets and quaint cobblestone lanes to the Place d'Albertas . This 18th-century square is surrounded by elegant Baroque and Rococo buildings. The square features a simple fountain that dates from 1862.

On the south side of the Place d'Albertas square stands the Halle aux Grains (a former grain market that now houses a library) with a magnificent gable that was built in 1759-61 and embellished with sculptures by Jean Pancrace Chastel.

Fontaine de la Rotonde, Cours Mirabeau

Perhaps the liveliest spot in Aix-en-Provence, the Cours Mirabeau is a graceful avenue shaded by giant plane trees and lined with cafés, restaurants, and boutiques.

This pleasant promenade is the perfect place for a leisurely stroll, an alfresco lunch, or a coffee stop at an outdoor terrace. Many locals meet here after work to bask in the late-afternoon sunshine and relax in the early evening.

The Cours Mirabeau links the Old Town with the Mazarin district. It's worth taking time to admire the 17th-century and 18th-century mansions, such as the HĂŽtel de Forbin (number 20), built in 1656, and the HĂŽtel de Maurel de PontĂšves (number 38), built from 1647 to 1650.

In keeping with Aix-en-Provence's fondness for fountains, several embellish the Cours Mirabeau. The monumental fountain at the west end, the Fontaine de la Rotonde , features a statue of the Three Graces, bronze lions, and multiple tiers of splashy waterworks. At the east end stands the 19th-century Fontaine du Roi René , commemorating the beloved king who reigned over Provence in the 15th century.

Place des Quatre Dauphins in the Mazarin district, Aix-en-Provence

In Aix-en-Provence's historic center, the Quartier Mazarin neighborhood was originally developed beginning in 1646 by Michel Mazarin, the archbishop of Aix and brother of the famous cardinal and politician.

The perimeter of the quarter can be traced to the Old Town walls, along the Boulevard Carnot and Boulevard du Roi René, following rectangular lines characteristic of 17th-century town planning.

At the center of the Mazarin district is the Place des Quatre Dauphins with the Fountain des Quatre Dauphins , created in 1667. This whimsical fountain features sculptures of four dolphins spouting water. The square has several private mansions, including the HĂŽtel de Boisgelin with a fine coach yard decorated with monumental friezes.

Saint-Savior Cathedral

The Saint-Savior Cathedral is a unique monument because it was built over a long span of time, from the 5th to the 17th century. The blend of architectural styles is evident in the façade, which features Roman, Romanesque, and Gothic elements.

Upon entering the Romanesque doorway, visitors are awed by the serene beauty of the Baptistery Rotunda from the early Christian (Merovingian) era. The cathedral has three distinct naves (Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque) reflecting the continuity of building construction through the various centuries.

On the right of the main nave is a famous 15th-century Burning Bush triptych painted by Nicolas Froment, which is only on display during scheduled dates. Further exploration through the left wing leads to a portrayal of Good King René created from 1434 to 1480. In the nave and south aisle are exceptional Flemish tapestries, and behind the High Altar is the Chapelle de Saint-Mitre, dedicated to the patron of the town.

Be sure to see the cathedral's Romanesque cloister . This exquisite space offers a sense of tranquility to inspire spiritual reflection.

Address: 34 Place des Martyrs-de-la-RĂ©sistance, Aix-en-Provence

Granet Museum

Housed in the former Prieuré de Malte (Priory of Malta) just off Rue d'Italie near the Cours Mirabeau, the Granet Museum is considered among the finest art museums of its kind in France . The museum boasts an extensive collection of paintings from the 14th to the 20th century, including pieces by the great masters Géricault, Ingres, and Rubens.

The museum has an exceptional assortment of Impressionist art , especially the paintings by CĂ©zanne, as well as works by Degas, Monet, and Van Gogh. The Post-Impressionist and modern art movements are also represented with pieces by Bonnard, Braque, Dubuffet, and Picasso.

The Granet Museum hosts exhibitions and cultural events such as music concerts and late-night openings throughout the year.

Address: Place Saint-Jean de Malte, Aix-en-Provence

Musée des Tapisseries

This exceptional museum displays a collection of tapestries from the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as contemporary textile art. Highlights of the museum's collection include a series of nine tapestries from the Manufacture Royale de Beauvais (Royal Manufactory of Beauvais) featuring scenes from Don Quixote de la Mancha by Cervantes.

The museum occupies the Palais de l'Ancien ArchevĂȘchĂ© (former Archbishop's Palace) near the cathedral.

During the summer, the courtyard of the palace is used as an outdoor theater for the internationally renowned Festival d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence (Opera Festival).

Address: 28 Place des Martyrs-de-la-RĂ©sistance, Aix-en-Provence

Atelier de CĂ©zanne

Admirers of Paul CĂ©zanne enjoy visiting this atelier to see where the artist's creativity took shape.

CĂ©zanne worked at this studio with great intensity throughout the year. On sunny days, he painted en plein air (outdoors). On rainy days, CĂ©zanne would stay inside his atelier and paint ordinary objects for still life paintings: bottles, pottery, vases, flowers, and fruit.

The Atelier de CĂ©zanne is one of the best places to visit in Aix-en-Provence to glimpse the setting that inspired the "father of modern painting."

For those interested in learning more about CĂ©zanne and his artwork, audio guides (in several languages) and guided tours (in English or French) are available.

The site also has a garden that is open to the public free of charge. Tickets are required for admission to the Atelier de CĂ©zanne, with additional fees for the audio guides and guided tours.

Address: 9 Avenue Paul CĂ©zanne, Aix-en-Provence

Fondation Vasarely

Fondation Vasarely was created in 1976, and the building itself is a stunning work of modern optical art, befitting the pieces displayed inside. In this unconventional building, visitors can see 44 huge wall-paintings, "integrations murales," and hundreds of studies by the Hungarian-French artist Victor Vasarely, who was part of the Abstract Constructivist school of painting.

The foundation also hosts temporary exhibitions, conferences, and cultural events (such as dance performances and music performances) throughout the year.

The Vasarely Foundation is located outside of the center of Aix-en-Provence on the Avenue Marcel Pagnol in the Jas de Bouffan district.

Address: 1 Avenue Marcel Pagnol, Aix-en-Provence

Pavillon de Vendome in Aix en Provence

Nestled in a verdant setting not far from the city's historic center, this elegant 18th-century residence was built for Louis de Mercoeur, the Duke of VendĂŽme.

The duke's splendid mansion is a lovely aristocratic country house of the Grand SiĂšcle (the 17th century). A place of peace and beauty, the Pavillon de VendĂŽme reflects the grandeur of a bygone era.

Open to the public as a museum, the Pavillon de VendĂŽme displays exhibitions of contemporary art. The sumptuous mansion also contains everyday objects, paintings, and furniture from the late 17th and early 18th centuries, which allow visitors to imagine the lives of the people who once lived here.

The Pavillon de VendĂŽme and the delightful formal French garden that surrounds the mansion are listed as Historic Monuments.

Address: 13 Rue de la Molle, Aix-en-Provence

Terrain des Peintres

Outside of the historic city center, about a ten-minute walk from the Atelier CĂ©zanne, this beautiful hillside site was popular among Impressionist painters. CĂ©zanne would set up his easel here on the Chemin de la Marguerite, where he would paint the Sainte-Victoire Mountain and surrounding landscape.

Within this public park, the Chemin de la Marguerite is a scenic walking path through the unspoiled countryside that Cézanne loved (now called the "Terrain des Peintres"). The Terrain des Peintres exemplifies the Provençal landscape with its rows of cypress trees, an exceptional view of the Montagne Sainte-Victoire , and typical vegetation of the sun-drenched Mediterranean region.

The footpath leads to an esplanade where an open-air gallery displays reproductions of paintings by CĂ©zanne. The paintings depicting the iconic Montagne Sainte-Victoire are the result of many hours that CĂ©zanne spent working at his easel here.

In many of CĂ©zanne's paintings of this site, it is easy to recognize the pathways, shrubs, and red-roofed houses that are still visible today. The Terrain des Peintres is a wonderful place to take a leisurely walk and to soak up the inspiration of Impressionist artists.

Address: Avenue Paul CĂ©zanne, Aix-en-Provence

CĂ©zanne Trail

For art lovers, one of the most rewarding things to do while visiting Aix-en-Provence is to explore the city in the footsteps of CĂ©zanne.

A pedestrian route known as the Cézanne Trail begins at the bronze statue of Paul Cézanne at the Cours Mirabeau, continues with landmarks such as the school that the artist attended as a child, the building where he was born, the houses of his friends, the cafés where he met other artists, and the church where he married his wife Hortense Fiquet.

The city of Aix-en-Provence has indicated the most important CĂ©zanne locations with a trail of studs (nails shaped like the initial "C") on the pavement, allowing visitors to take a self-guided walking tour to see the places once frequented by CĂ©zanne and appreciate how he experienced the world.

At the Atelier de CĂ©zanne or the Aix-en-Provence Tourist Office, visitors can pick up brochures that indicate the "In the Steps of CĂ©zanne" trail (for a self-guided walking tour). It is also possible to take a guided tour of the CĂ©zanne Trail, offered by the Tourist Office.

We recommend these hotels in Aix-en-Provence that are located near top attractions like the Old Town and Cours Mirabeau:

  • La Maison d'Aix : This four-star boutique hotel in the Quartier Mazarin, near the Cours Mirabeau, features a spa with a hammam and pool. The hotel also offers concierge services and free breakfast.
  • Adagio Aix-en-Provence Centre : Near the Cours Mirabeau, this four-star hotel provides apartment-style accommodations featuring chic dĂ©cor and kitchenettes. A breakfast buffet is available.
  • Boutique HĂŽtel CĂ©zanne : Decorated in trendy modern style, this four-star boutique hotel is a short walk from the Old Town. Amenities include concierge services and a breakfast buffet.
  • ibis Aix-en-Provence : This budget-friendly hotel is a 10-minute drive from the Centre Ville where the tourist attractions are located. The three-star hotel features sleek dĂ©cor, as well as an outdoor swimming pool and sundeck. A breakfast buffet is available.

To discover charming villages, nature sites, and glamorous resorts around Aix-en-Provence, the easiest option is to take organized day trips led by knowledgeable guides. The travel arrangements are by luxury minivan, so tourists can relax and enjoy the scenery during the ride.

  • Visit the Luberon's Charming Villages: Spend an entire day exploring quaint villages of the Luberon region in Provence. The Luberon Villages Day Trip from Aix-en-Provence is a nine-hour guided driving tour that stops at some of the area's prettiest villages, including Lourmarin and Gordes. Each village has its unique charm; many villages have traditional Provençal markets and inviting boutiques that sell artisanal products.
  • Explore the Gorges du Verdon Nature Site : Travelers seeking a refreshing change of environment will enjoy the Verdon Gorge and Moustiers Sainte-Marie Tour from Aix-en-Provence . This nine-hour driving tour takes tourists through the breathtaking Gorges du Verdon, one of Provence's most stunning natural wonders, with stops at the nearby L'Occitane cosmetics factory and the beautiful village of Moustiers Sainte-Marie.

Montagne Sainte-Victoire

A symbol of Provence, the Sainte-Victoire Mountain is known as CĂ©zanne's muse. Located about 25 kilometers from Aix-en-Provence, the mountain reaches an altitude of 1,011 meters and dominates the surrounding scenery.

The area has pleasant paths that are designed for nature walks and gentle rambles. Along the way are several sites of religious heritage: the 17th-century Sainte-Victoire Prior ; the Saint-Ser Hermitage , a tiny chapel in a cave (named after a 5th-century hermit who sought refuge in this place); and the Cross of Provence , perched on the western tip of the massif.

From the Pic des Mouches , the highest point, the perspective stretches out over the rolling plains of the Aix region. On a clear day, the vista affords glimpses of the Mediterranean Sea and the French Alps.

Ventabren

Outside of Aix-en-Provence about 15 kilometers, Ventabren is a picturesque hilltop village with remnants of an ancient castle. In its unique situation, high above the Valley of the Arc, this little village perfectly portrays what is meant by the term village perché : like a bird perched high up in a tree.

There is a magnificent 180-degree view from the castle ruins over the idyllic landscape to the north of the Etang de Berre and the town of Martigues, on the southern bank of the river. The village also has a noteworthy 11th- to 12th-century parish church dedicated to Saint Denis.

Roquefavour Aqueduct

A few kilometers south of Ventabren, along the Valley of the Arc, is the Roquefavour Aqueduct. The world's largest stone aqueduct , this imposing three-story structure conveys water from the Durance River over the valley towards Marseilles. The aqueduct was built between 1841 and 1847 and is listed as a Historic Monument. Visitors are dazzled by the impressive architecture; its Classical-style construction offers a powerful visual effect.

The upper level of the aqueduct is accessible from the D64 highway coming from Ventabren, taking the first left turn towards Petit Rigoués just before reaching the D65 highway, and then a right turn at the watchman's house.

There are two hiking routes from Ventabren to the Roquefavour Aqueduct. One route takes 45 minutes, while the other takes one hour and 30 minutes. Both afford spectacular views of the Provençal landscape.

ChĂąteau d'Ansouis

Just a 30-kilometer drive from Aix-en-Provence, the ChĂąteau d'Ansouis gives visitors the sense of being transported back in time. This ancient chĂąteau (dating back to the 10th century) was an important medieval military fortress, standing in its glorious location overlooking the Aygues Valley.

Rare for a castle in France, the ChĂąteau d'Ansouis is fully furnished with authentic period pieces from various historic eras. The ornately embellished interior offers a realistic impression of what it was like to live here throughout the centuries.

The grounds around the chĂąteau are also spectacular. Fitted along terraces below the chĂąteau are a series of lush gardens that feature superb panoramas of the Alps in the distance. Immaculately landscaped and maintained, the gardens are designed in perfect harmony with the scenery.

The ChĂąteau d'Ansouis is a private residence but is open to the public Thursday through Sunday in June, July, and August and on weekends during the month of September through mid-October. Tourists may see the chĂąteau only on guided visits (available once or twice a day). The guided tours are led by the chĂąteau owners.

The hilltop village of Ansouis is also worth visiting. This quiet country town is listed as one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France . Dating back to the medieval era, Ansouis enchants visitors with its old stone buildings, cobblestone streets, narrow alleyways, and 13th-century church.

Address: Rue du Cartel, 84240 Ansouis

Sisteron

Built up along the banks of the Durance River in a lovely natural setting, this medieval town (100 kilometers north of Aix-en-Provence) has a rich cultural heritage. The history is evident in the atmospheric ancient streets, ornate 16th- and 17th-century houses, and a fortified medieval cathedral built between 1160 and 1220.

Sisteron also has an extraordinary citadel , perched high on a rocky promontory and surrounded by ramparts. Classified as a Historic Monument, the citadel is open for visits daily (from the end of March through mid-November). Visiting the citadel requires climbing some steps.

In July and August, the citadel's open-air theater becomes a venue for " Les Nuits de la Citadelle ." Held in July and August, this annual festival includes a program of musical concerts, theater, and dance performances.

During summertime, the area around Sisteron is popular for camping and outdoor activities. Things to do include swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and river rafting. In season, the tributaries and lakes around Sisteron provide opportunities to catch salmon as well as other fish.

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Highlights of Provence : Most first-time visitors to the area travel to Avignon to see the UNESCO-listed Palais de Papes and to Arles , a lovely town with a captivating Provençal ambience, landmarks painted by Vincent van Gogh, and classical-era monuments. Nßmes is also renowned for its ancient Roman buildings.

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Mediterranean Port Towns : For a taste of Provençal urban life, Marseilles (only 30 kilometers south of Aix-en-Provence) offers the buzzing atmosphere and cosmopolitan culture of a Mediterranean port town. Another typical port town, Toulon has an attractive harbor and waterfront along with a rich Provençal heritage.

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Pastoral Charms of the Haut-Vaucluse Region : To journey away from the cities into the charming Provençal countryside, the Haut-Vaucluse is an ideal destination. This sleepy pastoral region delights visitors with its sensational sun-drenched landscape, undiscovered rural towns, and the picture-perfect hilltop villages of the Luberon , a natural regional park in the Haut-Vaucluse.

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Famous for its relaxed pace of life, the city of Aix-en-Provence is also known for the charm of its old town and renowned Mirabeau square. Decorated with beautiful plane trees, the old town is the perfect place for a stroll: pleasant small squares, numerous mansions of the 17th and 18th centuries, charming fountains, pretty shops, lively cafe terraces, flower markets, but also fruits and vegetables markets filled with the colours and scents of Provence .

The old town also offers visitors the Saint-Sauveur cathedral and its cloister of the 12th and 13th centuries, the town hall with its square and its Horloge tower, the so romantic Albertas square, and its museums, such as Old Aix museum, the Natural History museum and Paul CĂ©zanne's studio.

The city, also known for its thermal baths since the Romanesque period, offers hydrotherapy treatment. Aix-en-Provence also offers a wide range of events, such as the International festival of Opera (Baroque music and Mozart operas), the water festival and Dance in Aix, a contemporary dance festival.

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Located in the heart of Provence , Aix is ​​connected to many cities in France and Europe, thanks to its proximity to the international airport "Marseille-Provence", but also rail links by TGV. Crossroads of a major motorway junction, Aix-en-Provence boasts a dense network of regular buses.

Thus one can enjoy to travel to Nice (180 km) in 2:15 in Lyon (300 km) in 3:30 in Avignon (80 km) 1h15 and Marseille (30 km) in 30 minutes.

Historical capital of Provence, university town, city of art with a rich architectural heritage, Aix-en-Provence is a city in which to live and hang out. Its sweetness of life, the incomparable light fascinated the artists and the beautiful scenery of the countryside of Aix inspired throughout his life, the famous paintings of the painter Paul CĂ©zanne. Located in the center of one of the most touristic areas of Europe, Aix is ​​an exceptional starting point to discover the Camargue, the Luberon, the Alpilles and the Mediterranean coast nearby.

Things to see and do

  • City Water, City of Art: Aix-en-Provence has 23 fountains.
  • City of the painter Paul CĂ©zanne.
  • Museums, archaeological sites.
  • Theatres, casino, theaters.

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Places of interest, events and festivities.

  • Lyrical Art Festival.
  • Easter Festival.
  • Farmers markets.
  • Crafts fairs.
  • Christmas market.

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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

  • Located in the center of one of the richest tourist regions in Europe, Aix-en-Provence is a great base to natural sites and within an hour by car.
  • In the South coast and the Calanques.
  • To the West: the Camargue, a nature park of 85,000 hectares and above the Plain of La Crau.
  • In the Northwest: the Alpilles Range with EygaliĂšres Aureille and that opens the tourist route.
  • North: the Luberon and its villages, Lourmarin , Gordes ...
  • East: Mont Sainte-Victoire and the Gorges du Verdon.
  • All around Aix, an environmental diverse and colorful brings a total change of scenery for its diversity: the mountains, the sea, the countryside.
  • The gates of Aix: the Pays d'Aix.
  • To North Avenue by Philippe Solari on the road to Puyricard to 2.5 km, if you are interested in archeology, the oppidum d'Entremont Celto-Ligure (second century BC) is discovered. At the end of the plateau, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding Aix-en-Provence (table). 4 km away, Puyricard hamlet of Aix and his lovely Romanesque church of the 12th century, in the foothills of the TrĂ©varesse. Pleasant walks through a landscape of Provence in the wonderful climate, rich wine (the wine route), route dotted with castles: the Rostolan the AlphĂ©ran, Justin Mount, Threshold, Castel ...
  • To the West: the roads D10 and N543. Saint-Mitre and chapel, which Granette The chapel houses the tomb of the painter Granet in Aix, a friend of Ingres, one can discover his work at the MusĂ©e Granet Aix-en-Provence. Eguilles, village balcony above the valley of the Arc, dominated by the castle of the family of Eguilles Boyer (1642) built on the ruins of a feudal castle, the keep of which remains behind the bell tower of the church, it houses the Town Hall since 1913. The view reveals extensive Etang de Berre, the chains of the Star, the Sainte-Baume, the Mont Sainte-Victoire and the Plain of Marseille . For D65 and D64 roads we reach the valley of the Arc River Aqueduct and Aix Roquefavour, 19th century book that stands at the top of its 82 meters between two cliffs. A few miles above the valley, along a scenic road in the scrubland of Provence: pine, rosemary, thyme, fruits, and the hilltop village of Ventabren (and mill) has a view "Air" on the country of Aix. The N543 found the Arc that bypasses the Relais St Pons (twelfth century) which is attached the memory of the poet Malherbe died and where Grignan MD, son of the famous Marquise de Sevigne.
  • Heading South: the slopes of Montaiguet, shaded, white-water cooled, offer beautiful views over the valley of the Arc and the city of Aix.
  • To the east: the admirers of CĂ©zanne may, by taking "the road CĂ©zanne", find the landscape dear to the great painter: Black Castle, Montagne Sainte-Victoire, Plateau Cengle ... A welcome stop on the way to an oasis of freshness: the Castle of Tholonet (about 5 km from Aix). By road D10, Saint Marc Jaumegarde the dam Bimont Vauvenargues and where, in a magnificent setting on a rocky outcrop, among forests of oaks and pines, stands the castle of the 14th century, is now the property of the descendants of Picasso. The tomb of the famous artist Picasso is located near the elegant terrace balustrĂ©e entered the 17th century.

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Aix, Paul Cezanne's home town

He is unquestionably the most famous personality. After a period of Romanticism, he discovered Impressionism and then invented “a new art”, of which he called himself the “primitive”.

His quest for expression is revealed through his series of works: portraits, still life, landscapes, and bathers. Painted in oil or watercolour, they all reveal the work of an obstinate craftsman. He may have left the town of Aix- en-Provence, but he came back stronger.

3 places that counted in the painter's life

Cezanne's studio, bastide du jas de bouffan, the bibémus quarries.

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Cezanne 2025 , the beginning of a new history with Paul Cezanne :

  • International exhibition at the MusĂ©e Granet
  • Return of the Pearlman Collection with its 24 works by Cezanne
  • Metamorphosis of the family home in Jas de Bouffan into a cous
  • Reopening of Cezanne’s studio after renovations
  • Visit to the BibĂ©mus quarries, another key site for Cezanne’s creative work
  • Artistic season with all the city’s major cultural institutions

Cezanne’s Studio is more than a museum. It is a real memorial site. It is a chance to see the painter’s familiar objects and his artistic tastes.

9 avenue Paul Cezanne 13100 Aix-en-Provence +33 (0)4 42 21 06 53 – www.cezanne-en-provence.com

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Closed for renovation. Reopening planned for 2025.

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Cezanne was 20 years old when his father acquired the Jas de Bouffan estate in 1859,and 60 when it was sold in 1899.

The site is the “centre of gravity” of the Provence region so loved by the painter. In the 1860s,CĂ©zanne even decorated the wall in the Grand Salon with monumental and religious works of art and a series of portraits. It is here that he learnt to paint in the open air:from the garden he painted his first Sainte-Victoire mountain in 1870.

In 1871, he started to paint the avenue of chestnut trees and the pond, producing several different paintings through to the 1870s and 1880s.CĂ©zanne moved away from his rough brushwork style associated with his youth and sought to bring more light to his palette. In the 1880s,he added a geometric rigour to his work, particularly in his representations of the house. From 1890, he used the estate’s farmers as models: card players,pipe-smoking men, or an old woman with rosary beads. He worked slowly, his aim being not to imitate but to “produce” , in other words to make something solid and lasting.

He gave a dimension of timelessness to everyday gestures.

17 route de Galice 13090 Aix-en-Provence www.cezanne-en-provence.com

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During a tour lasting 1 hour 30 minutes along the massive blocks of ochre rock, the guide will take you to the charming cabin where the artist painter kept his painting materials, before ending the visit with a sublime panorama over Montagne Sainte-Victoire.

20 minutes by bus from city centre.

Cezanne started to work in the Bibémus quarries from 1897. The plateau of Bibémus stretches far beyond the family home. He came here to paint the stone reserves of the town, its very foundation.

The texture of the rock imparts it with a luminous yellow ochre colour, rich with harmonic tints. Cezanne could not help but be moved by the contrasting geometric shapes of the rocks, the wilderness of the bushes and the dramatic cliffs. The magic of the quarries lies in the subtle interplay of order and disorder,mineral and vegetable. In artistic terms, Bibémus is not only like Cezanne in character, but also laden with Cubist, Fauvist or abstract features. It is no coincidence that the works which Cezanne created there were an inspiration to Braque, Picasso, Matisse, Kandinsky and Mondrian.

The BibĂ©mus quarries have undergone development by landscapist Philippe Deliau – Cabinet Alep. The site offers a circuit which reveals Cezanne’s viewpoints for some of his paintings.

Chemin de Bibémus 13090 Aix-en-Provence www.cezanne-en-provence.com

Open all year round by reservation. Closed on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December

The site may be subject to restrictions for fire safety reasons from June to September.

Reservation required.

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Guided walking tour from € 17

Excursions on request:

  • Guided tour of the BibĂ©mus Quarries only
  • Discovering the Cezanne sites” (Studio + BibĂ©mus Quarries)

GUIDED TOURS

In the footsteps of cezanne.

There are several guided walking tours of the town centre on the theme of Cezanne.

Duration: approx. 2 hours

FOR NDIVIDUALS

Rate: € 12 by pax

In French and in English (depending on period)

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Cezanne’s Studio Guided tours in the city centre

Aurélie Martin +33 (0)4 42 16 00 25

Bibémus Quarries Guided tours in the city centre

Nathalie Lemelle +33 (0)4 42 16 11 65

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Events and privatisation of the Cezanne sites.

Sylvie Bertin +33 (0)4 42 16 11 64

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You’re staying in Aix-en-Provence or the Aix Region and you’d like to explore the best our land has to offer!

The Tourist Office arranges a selection of excursions departing from our city every day of the week.

The commentaries on board the air-conditioned buses are given in French and English as a minimum, and for some excursions in Spanish, Italian, Chinese or Japanese.

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Visite guidée en anglais : SUR LES PAS DE CEZANNE

ENGLISH WALKING GUIDED TOUR -  . The Tourist Office offers a two-hour walk through the city with a qualified guide to learn about the painter. The comment of the visit is the intellectual property of the guide, the recordings during the visits are not allowed, note taking is done in agreement with the guide.  

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  • Language : English ñ€‹
  • Depart from tourist office
  • Walking tour
  • Duration : around 2h
  • Rate : 12€
  • Free for  City Pass Aix en Provence  ownerñ€‹

                                                                                                                             

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Surtourisme : le ras-le-bol des habitants d’Aix-en-Provence face Ă  l’afflux de croisiĂ©ristes

En anglais ou en chinois, les visites guidĂ©es dans toutes les langues s’enchaĂźnent Ă  Aix-en-Provence (Bouches-du-RhĂŽne). Ce jour, des groupes viennent de dĂ©barquer de leur bateau de croisiĂšre. Ils ont trois heures la ville, en suivant leur guide. Devant sa boutique de nougat, LaĂ«ticia Dubois les attend plateau Ă  la main. Les croisiĂ©ristes reprĂ©sentent 80% de sa clientĂšle. "On en a tous les jours, que ce soit le matin, l’aprĂšs-midi, ils peuvent arriver Ă  17 heures" , dit-elle.

+ 36% de croisiéristes par rapport à 2023

Tous les commerçants ne profitent toutefois pas de cette clientĂšle. "Ils tracent directement" , dĂ©plore Abdel Lakli, restaurateur. En 2023, 2,5 millions de croisiĂ©ristes sont arrivĂ©s Ă  Marseille (Bouches-du-RhĂŽne), soit 36% de plus que l’annĂ©e prĂ©cĂ©dente. Le tourisme de masse gagne en importance dans toute la rĂ©gion. À Aix-en-Provence, le dĂ©file de croisiĂ©ristes commence Ă  agacer certains habitants. L’un d’eux se dit mĂȘme "envahi". 

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  1. Welcome to Aix en Provence

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  2. 13 must-dos in Aix-en-Provence ‱ Aix en Provence

    13 must-dos in Aix-en-Provence. 1. Discover the city with an enthusiastic guide. Read Aix like an open book, don't miss any of its beauties, discover its hidden decors, learn about its prestigious past, its architecture, its heritage and its monuments, enter its private mansions, enjoy surprising anecdotes, walk in the steps of Cezanne
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  3. Aix-en-Provence and its surroundings

    Aix-en-Provence and its surroundings. Bathed in the light of its special climate, Aix-en-Provence is a city of refined elegance on show in its constantly bustling streets and squares. History here is the drama of everyday life a pleasurable shopping trip is combined with its noble heritage, a drink on a terrace with beautiful architecture and a ...

  4. Aix-en-Provence travel

    Aix-en-Provence. A pocket of left-bank Parisian chic deep in Provence, Aix (pronounced like the letter X) is all class: its leafy boulevards and public squares are lined with 17th- and 18th-century mansions, punctuated by gurgling moss-covered fountains. Haughty stone lions guard its grandest avenue, cafe-laced cours Mirabeau, where fashionable ...

  5. Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

    Visit Aix-en-Provence, a city beloved for its elegance, its culture, and its rich experiences. The surrounding countryside is equally stunning. ... AIX-EN-PROVENCE TOURIST OFFICE. 300 avenue Giuseppe Verdi 13605 Aix-en-Provence +33 (0)4 42 161 161. aixenprovencetourism.com. ... English; Français; Deutsch;

  6. Things to do ‱ Aix en Provence

    300 avenue Giuseppe Verdi - BP 40160 13605 Aix-en-Provence cedex 1. Information +33 (0)442 161 161

  7. 15 Best Things to Do in Aix-en-Provence (France)

    Lets explore the best things to do in Aix-en-Provence: 1. Aix Cathedral - triptych. Source: Travel-Fr / shutterstock. Aix Cathedral - triptych. Arriving at this monument on Rue Gaston de Saporta you'll see right away how Aix Cathedral blends different styles and eras.

  8. Tourism in Aix-en-Provence

    As you stroll through the narrow streets of Aix-en-Provence, you can admire the various fountains, built between the 15th and 19th centuries. The Fountain of the Preachers, the Fountain of the Tanners, the Fountain of the Four Dolphins, etc. have become real monuments in the city. The mansions are also an integral part of the tourist heritage ...

  9. Destination ‱ Office de Tourisme d'Aix-en-Provence

    Aix-en-Provence is now a young, lively and animated city all year round, with its population of 40 000 students. Aix in a few words. A name that spans the eras: Aquae Sextiae, Ais en Provencou, Aix-en-Provence. Date of birth: 122 B.C. Surface area: 18600 hectares. Population: 137 067 habitants. Altitude: 188 metres. Mont Sainte Victoire: 1011 m.

  10. Aix-en-Provence

    Aix-en-Provence (usually simply called Aix) is a small, ... 1 Office de Tourisme (Tourist Office), 300 Av. Giuseppe Verdi, ☏ +33 4 42 ... Guided tours & Audio Guide are available in English. Adult €6.50, 13-25 €3.5, U13 free, Audio-guide €3. (updated Dec 2022)

  11. Things to Do in Aix-en-Provence

    Things to Do in Aix-en-Provence, France: See Tripadvisor's 183,340 traveler reviews and photos of Aix-en-Provence tourist attractions. Find what to do today, this weekend, or in June. We have reviews of the best places to see in Aix-en-Provence. ... Gourmet & Cultural Tour Aix En Provence English / Espanol. 34. Food & Drink. from . $74. per adult.

  12. 11 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Aix-en-Provence

    Map of Tourist Attractions in Aix-en-Provence. 1. Vieil Aix (Old Town) Fountain on Place d'Albertas. One of the best things to do while visiting Aix-en-Provence is wandering the charming streets and squares of Vieil Aix. The public squares of Aix-en-Provence feature elegant architecture and decorative fountains.

  13. Aix-en-Provence

    Aix-en-Provence (UK: / ˌ ɛ k s ɒ̃ p r ɒ ˈ v ɒ̃ s /, US: / ˌ eÉȘ k s ɒ̃ p r oʊ ˈ v ɒ̃ s, ˌ ɛ k s-/), or simply Aix (Occitan: Ais de Provença), is a city and commune in southern France, about 30 km (20 mi) north of Marseille.A former capital of Provence, it is the subprefecture of the arrondissement of Aix-en-Provence, in the department of Bouches-du-RhĂŽne, in the region of ...

  14. Guided tours of Aix-en-Provence with the Tourist Office: program

    The Aix-en-Provence Tourist Office offers guided tours of the city centre (2 hours / on foot) and full-day tours for groups (booking required). discover our Groups offer. What better way to discover Aix-en-Provence than on a guided tour with an enthusiastic guide. All our tours leave from the Tourist Office.

  15. Aix-en-Provence

    Visits, leisure and activities nearby. Located in the center of one of the richest tourist regions in Europe, Aix-en-Provence is a great base to natural sites and within an hour by car. In the South coast and the Calanques. To the West: the Camargue, a nature park of 85,000 hectares and above the Plain of La Crau.

  16. Aix-en-Provence, its history and the sights not to be missed

    The most complete english guided tour to discover the old city ! Office de Tourisme. Booking online Tourist Office +33 (0)4 42 16 11 61. ... Aix-en-Provence Tourist Office 300 avenue Giuseppe Verdi - BP 40160 13605 Aix-en-Provence cedex 1. Need assistance? Contact us on 0033 442 161 161

  17. Aix, Paul Cezanne's home town ‱ Office de Tourisme d'Aix-en-Provence

    It is a real memorial site. It is a chance to see the painter's familiar objects and his artistic tastes. 9 avenue Paul Cezanne 13100 Aix-en-Provence. +33 (0)4 42 21 06 53 - www.cezanne-en-provence.com.

  18. THE LITTLE TOURIST TRAIN

    Presentation. Go back in time through the history of Aix-en-Provence, revealing the many treasures of the city and its heritage. On board, you will be guided through a scripted audio commentary into 8 languages: English, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Russian, Chinese and French. Take advantage of the train's panoramic roof to admire Aix's ...

  19. Hidden heritage in Aix old town

    ENGLISH WALKING GUIDED TOUR - The "visible is invisible", visits to discover the city through the details you pass through and don't look at. ... from the Aix-en-Provence Tourist Office FICHE_INFO_SIMPLE_LIBELLE_DESTINATION. OFFICE DE TOURISME. 300 avenue Giuseppe Verdi. 13100. AIX EN PROVENCE. GPS coordinates. Latitude : 43.52591 ...

  20. BIBEMUS QUARRIES (english visit)

    ENGLISH WALKING GUIDED TOUR - Dive in the universe that inspired Paul Cezanne and discover his sceneries, his lands, and his « strong sensations, for a total immertion in his paintings. ... Aix-en-Provence Tourist Office 300 avenue Giuseppe Verdi - BP 40160 13605 Aix-en-Provence cedex 1. Need assistance? Contact us on 0033 442 161 161

  21. Tours in Provence

    Tours in Provence - daily excursions. You're staying in Aix-en-Provence or the Aix Region and you'd like to explore the best our land has to offer! The Tourist Office arranges a selection of excursions departing from our city every day of the week. The commentaries on board the air-conditioned buses are given in French and English as a ...

  22. In the steps of Cezanne

    ENGLISH WALKING GUIDED TOUR - . The Tourist Office offers a two-hour walk through the city with a qualified guide to learn about the painter. The comment of the visit is the intellectual property of the guide, the recordings during the visits are not allowed, note taking is done in agreement with the guide. ... Aix-en-Provence Tourist Office ...

  23. Surtourisme : le ras-le-bol des habitants d'Aix-en-Provence face Ă  l

    Le tourisme de masse gagne en importance dans toute la rĂ©gion. À Aix-en-Provence, le dĂ©file de croisiĂ©ristes commence Ă  agacer certains habitants. L'un d'eux se dit mĂȘme "envahi".