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Aix-en-Provence, Aix-en-Provence

The famous city of water and art, Aix is the perfect place to stroll through historic streets and visit exceptional museums. Discover the Cours Mirabeau, shaded by plane trees, a multitude of pretty squares adorned with fountains and learn more about Cézanne, the painter who was inspired by Aix and its surroundings.

What makes this city special?

In the light of a climate with ancestral mildness, Aix-en-Provence exudes a certain elegance and an undeniable charm. You just have to walk through its streets and squares which are always lively to become aware of it.

History is here the theater of a daily life where one marries the pleasures of shopping and the nobility of the heritage, the happiness of a terrace and the architectural beauties, the strolls in town and the marvels of the Baroque. Each fountain has its secrets, each private mansion its stories. The bastides are surrounded by parks and gardens as in ancient times.

Aix-en-Provence is a canvas of happy impressions, in the colors of festivals, celebrations and traditions, Provencal markets, nature walks and outdoor leisure activities...

Places not to be missed on holiday in Aix-en-Provence, France

The old center of Aix is small enough to explore on foot. There is so much to see from the Tourreluque , the only remaining defensive tower of the original 39 towers, to the 18th century hot water baths of the Thermes Sextius, from the Grande Fontaine to the Church of Saint-Jean- of Malta dating from the 18th century. The Cours Mirabeau, the main center of Aix, is lined with cafes where it is good to daydream, excellent restaurants, so many pleasant places to relax and enjoy the sun, sitting in the shade of the trees while observing the local life run its course. The city has shops, markets, theaters and museums. The Granet museum and the Arbaud museum are worth a detour.

Art lovers will not be able to leave without having visited the places and landscapes that marked the life, the outlook and the work of the painter Cézanne: his studio, the bastide in the Bois de Jouffan, the artist's family property and the Bibémus quarries, in the heart of Sainte-Victoire, a favorite place to paint some of his masterpieces.

Market days in Aix-en-Provence are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. You can find local products, antiques and local crafts. The flower market is very popular with many visitors to Aix-en-Provence.

Places to visit on holiday from Aix-en-Provence, France

It is possible to hike around Aix-en-Provence. There are a number of trails in the Sainte-Victoire mountain massif, and others that lead to the forest of Vauvenargues. All trails are well marked, and easily spotted on the outskirts of town.

There are also two magnificent 18-hole golf courses in this pretty town: Golf d'Aix-en-Provence and Golf Club Aix-Marseille are a short drive from the town center and both are open to visitors.

It would be a shame not to visit Marseille during your stay in Aix-en-Provence, because Marseille is only 30 km away. Great shopping, first-class restaurants, cosmopolitan atmosphere and beaches in the heart of the city make Marseille a must-see and worth exploring.


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