Aix En Provence hotels
Ditch the walking shoes and blow the dust off your oxfords – it’s time to get your fancy pants on in Aix-en-Provence. One of the richest parts of France, this city is also proof that good things really do come in small packages.
Lovers of art, literature and classical music flock to this part of the world to look down their noses on anyone sporting a fanny pack and wearing flip-flops. But don’t let that put you off, because there’s enough in Aix-en-Provence to satisfy every visitor. Sample the local produce at the City Market and Saturday Market, splurge on flora at the Flower Marketin the Place de l’Hotel de Ville,and nibble on something dainty at the foodie hub Place Richelme.
Explore Aix-en-Provence on foot and you’ll stumble across weird and wonderful architecture, pop-up galleries and great hidden places to eat, drink, see and be seen.
Aix-En-Provence’s Top 10
10. Cours Mirabeau The main drag and the home to one fabulous fountain.
5. Cathédrale St-Sauveur Like many of Aix’s residents, this 12th century church has had a few facelifts. Its cloisters are fantastic.
9. Galérie d’Art du Conseil Général des Bouches du Rhône You don’t have to know how to pronounce the name to enjoy the contemporary art and photography here.
4. Atelier Paul Cézanne Left as it was when the famous artist popped his clogs in 1895. Expect a bit of dust…
8. Musée Paul Arbaud Bookworms and scrabble nerds alike adore the displays of old books and manuscripts.
3. Fondation Victor Vasarely This triangle and honeycomb building will have you tripping even more than the artist apparently was.
7. Roman Ampitheatre Remains only (and excavations are ongoing), but an intriguing glimpse into the city’s ancient past.
2. Centre Chorégraphique National So you think you can dance? Aix does. Use the word ‘corrie’ for bonus points.
6. Musée Granet This museum boasts nine Cézannes, plus works by Picasso, Léger, Matisse, Tal Coat and Giacometti.
1. Cézanne Sights To see where he ate, drank, studied and painted follow the Circuit de Cézanne.
- Place d'Albertas – A typical 18th-century square that grants tourists a feel of being transported back in time.
- Palais de Justice – The former home of Aix-en-Provence’s law courts.
- Cité Universitaire (Université de Provence Aix-Marseille) – Aix en Provence's acclaimed university.
- Rotunda Fountain (Fontaine de la Rotonde) – Built in 1860, this stunning fountain is an impressive landmark.
- Entremont Oppidum – The ancient site of a Gallic settlement.
Aix-en-Provence Art & Culture
- Musée d'Histoire Naturelle (Natural History Museum) – This Aix-en-Provence museum contains one of France’s greatest collections of dinosaur fossils.
- Atélier Cézanne – The cottage in which impressionist painter Paul Cézanne resided and worked.
- Musée de Vieil Aix – A museum dedicated to displaying traditional Provençal folk art.
- Musée de la Faïence Paul Arbaud – This museum contains one of the world’s most prominent collections of Provençal earthenware.
- Musée des Tapisseries – A tapestry museum housed in a former archbishop's palace.
- Mazarin District – This where the greatest antique shops can be located.
- Place des Prêcheurs Market – The city’s main market, located next to the Palais de Justice.
- Place de l'Hôtel de Ville Market – This market sells fresh produce every day.
- Monoprix – Found on the Cours Mirabeau, this city centre supermarket is where groceries, clothes, cosmetics and stationery can be purchased.
- Carrefour Les Milles – Located on the outskirts of Aix-en-Provence, this large supermarket and bustling shopping centre is popular with the city’s locals.
Gay & Lesbian Aix-en-Provence
- Le Spartacus – A gay electro club located between Aix-en-Provence and Marseille.
- Le Divino Club – A gay bar with a great ambience and fashionable décor.
- La Maison Jaune – A prominent restaurant famous for being gay friendly.
- Mediterranean Boy – A quaint gay bar open from late evening to early morning.
- Le Cha Do – This colourful gay bar offers a unique experience of an evening in Aix-en-Provence.
- Park Jourdane – This vast city centre park is styled on a classical French garden. During the summer, visitors can enjoy open-air entertainment.
- Parc Saint Mitre – Locals and visitors love to take a stroll along this park’s tree-lined avenues.
- Jardin du Pavillon de Vendôme – Located within the Old Town, this formal garden is one of Aix-en-Provence’s most popular places to delight in a stroll in glorious surrounds.
- Parc Rambot – A park containing several children's play areas.
- Parc de la Colline de Cucques – Visitors to this park can take pleasure in the beauty of its pine trees.
- Watch the Association Sportive Aixoise football team play at the Stade Geoges Carcassonne.
- Visit the Golf International de Chateau l'Arc, located 15 kilometres from Aix-en-Provence.
- Catch the Festival Internationale de Danse in August. Classical and modern dancers come from across the globe to perform.
- Watch the International Tournament of Badminton if visiting in October.
- Enjoy watching the Pays d’Aix RC rugby union club at the Stade Maurice David.
January’s Old Book Market is held at the birthplace of author Emile Zola, attracting bookworms from around the world.
The Stamp Fair and Philatelists Festival comes to town in February, along with avid stamp fiends keen to show of their wares.
The Salon des Antiquaires draws antique dealers and Antiques Roadshow fans to the city in droves each May.
Put your dancing shoes on in August for the Festival Internationale de Danse.Classic and modern dance companies from all over come to perform.
December’s New Oil and Truffle Fair celebrates the first pressing of the olives, and is a chance to sample the tasty local truffles.
When To Go
Aix enjoys approximately 300 days of sunshine each year. Sweet!
Summer temperatures average around 29ºC (84ºF), while winter daytime temps stay around 11ºC (52ºF).
Prices increase with the summer crowds, so early spring or late autumn may be better times to visit.
Aix-en-Provence is a small city, so it’s quite easy to walk to most sights and eating spots if you’re staying centrally.
Taxis can be found outside most bus stations or dialled from the desk of after-dark hot spots.
Aix-en-Provence: the word alone evokes idyllic visions of perhaps the most romanticized region of France. The capital of Provence is a divine catalyst from which to explore hilltop communes like Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, sites like the city of Arles and the Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct and the broad vistas of Mercantour National Park.
With a notable cultural legacy, Aix-en-Provence is in select company in France and without a doubt, Europe. The geography and climate of Provence generate some of the best olive oils, wines and produce and indeed, a culinary heritage that is the envy of the world. Thus, to experience Aix-en-Provence is to taste Aix-en-Provence. Of course, do visit points of interest such as Vendôme Pavilion, the Museum of Old Aix and the superb city cathedral. Festivals such as Musique dans la Rue, Baroque Music Festival and the aptly-titled Festival d'Aix-en-Provence represent good bets in the city.
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Aix-en-Provence has a lovely Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and long, hot summers.
- Winter (December to February) 3-12°C
- Spring (March to May) 6-21°C
- Summer (June to September) 16-29°C
- Fall (October to November) 7-20°C
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