Described as the land of Cézanne, located between the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains of the Provencal hinterland, Aix-en-Provence perfectly embodies a city of water and art.
Enjoying remarkable sunshine and an exceptional Roman heritage, Aix-en-Provence will seduce you with its many tourist attractions, its colourful alleys, its thermal baths, its famous fountains, its mansions or its many shaded coffee terraces.
Aix-en-Provence offers you a true French art of living, from gastronomy to vineyards, from its festival to its architecture.
The city held by many tourists every year, we have prepared a top 10 of the essential things to do in Aix-en-Provence.
A visit to Aix must pass through the old town with cobbled streets. A stroll that will take you back in time, in fact the old town of Aix offers history, architecture and above all art.
Take the time to stroll through the alleys and admire the facades, discover the many restaurants, cafes and independent shops. Take advantage, the old town of Aix is pedestrian!
More than 400 meters long, the artery of the Cours Mirabeau connects the Mazarin district and the old town, and is therefore one of the liveliest places in the city. Plane trees, fountains, cafes... the Cours Mirabeau is a must-see place. The most imposing fountain is the Rotonde fountain and its 3 major statues representing Justice, Agriculture and Fine Arts.
The largest museum in the region, the Granet Museum is undoubtedly a must-see for all art lovers. Here, Picasso and Cézanne are obviously highlighted, but the artistic journey over 4000m² will allow you to discover other primitive, contemporary and Provençal creations.
They smell the flavours of the south, the farmers' markets will charm you by their smells but also by their colours. Go to the Richelme square and taste the tapenades and Mediterranean olives. On Saturday morning, go to the Town Hall square at the flower market, then head to The preachers square and Verdun square for gourmet discoveries and discover the clothing market near the Court of Appeal.
Built on an ancient forum, the Saint-Sauveur cathedral is a major religious building in Aix-en-Provence. It was built between the 12th and the 15th century and therefore resulted in 2 architectural styles, the Romanesque style and the Gothic style.
Cross the heart of this majestic cathedral to get to the cloister of the canons, in which you will find peace and elegance.
A city renowned for many years for its thermal springs with therapeutic properties, the city of Aix-en-Provence has many fountains spread around the city. It is therefore pleasant to stroll through the alleys while discovering the fountains, each one more beautiful than the others, including the well-known, the Rotonde fountain on the Cours Mirabeau, the Preachers Fountain, the Fountain of the Sextius Baths and the Pascal Fountain.
Immerse yourself in the heart of an old mansion. The Hôtel de Caumont, located in the Mazarin district and dating from 1742, is one of the architectural marvels of the city that should not be missed. Recently renovated to restore its former splendor, it now offers exhibitions dedicated to the great names of art. Also take advantage of this setting to appreciate some sweets in the tea house or take a stroll through its boutique.
Talking about Aix-en-Provence without talking about Cézanne, is it really possible? The artist, who knew how to make the landscapes of the Aix land famous through his paintings, built in 1901 the Lanves workshop which will become more than a museum. Cézanne’s workshop retraces the artist’s memory through his familiar objects and numerous animations that punctuate the life of the workshop. A place steeped in history, not to be missed.
Let yourself be seduced by the surroundings of Aix-en-Provence. Made famous by Cézanne's paintings, the Provencal hinterland and the Sainte-Victoire mountain are some of the essentials during a visit to Aix. It takes a bit of walking to climb the mountain, but you will have the opportunity to walk through Mediterranean vegetation on its southern slope and alpine vegetation on its northern slope.
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