Aix-en-Provence; Quintessential Provence

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    Aix-en-Provence

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    Aix-en-Provence

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  • Aix-en-Provence

    Aix-en-Provence

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Aix-en-Provence; Quintessential Provence 13090 Aix-en-Provence fr

The stylish city of Aix-en-Provence is blessed with a wonderful sunny Provençal climate, making its streets and squares vibrant and full of life.History is the backdrop to everyday life here: the grace and splendour of Baroque architecture surround you as you stroll through the streets. Beautiful ‘AIXperiences’ guaranteed!

 

Let the locals be your guide

No one knows a city better than the people who live there. Official guided tours are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10 am all year round, exploring the charming towns and beautiful architecture and monuments. From April to October, one tour per day at 10am.

Calissons: indulge yourself

The calisson sweet is a tradition and craft are taken so seriously by local confectioners that every year since 1995 the ‘calissons blessing ceremony’ is held in the St Jean de Malte church. (Well worth attending!)

Feel Cézanne's intensity

Connect to the city’s local post-impressionist artist with a Cézanne tour of Aix. Explore the house where he began painting, with a walk around the grounds and the family property of Jas de Bouffan. You can also see some of his works in the Granet Museum’s dedicated exhibition space.

Take a break on the Cours Mirabeau

Once a street for horse-drawn carriages, the Cours Mirabeau is now one of the liveliest areas in the city, with cafés to set sun-drenched terraces.  Steeped in history it’s the perfect place to get a taste of the city.

Experience the sensations of a market

Markets are a daily occurrence in Aix; from fruit and vegetables to antiquarian books or the flower markets, filling the city with sound and colour.   

A haven of peace

Not far from the bustle of the city centre is the Vendôme Pavilion, one of the remaining ‘follies’ from the 17th century. A place of peace and beauty, it reflects the fine living of days gone by.  

Enjoy the city's night-life

The mild climate of Aix-en-Provence makes it a great place for night-life. It boasts a casino, three cinemas, night clubs, bars and pubs, not to mention concert halls and theatres; night-owls won't be disappointed!

Events in the Aix region

January - Antiques Fair in Pertuis - Procession of the Kings in Aix-en-Provence

February - Arts Fair in Gardanne - Fun Fair in Aix-en-Provence

March - Provence Writers’ Day in Trets - Wine and food fair in Pertuis - Ronde des Mineurs race in Gréasque

April - Painting and Sculpture Fair in Les Pennes Mirabeau - King René’s Fair / Medieval Market in Peyrolles - Horse Fair in Calas - Easter Festival in Aix-en-Provence

May - Transhumance Festival in Éguilles - Cherry Festival in La Roque d’Anthéron

June - Floral Procession in Pertuis – ‘Vivre Côté Sud’ (Southern Living) Show in Aix-en-Provence

July - International Guitar Festival in Lambesc - Summer Festival in Le Puy Sainte-Réparade - Fine Food Festival in Châteauneuf-le-Rouge - Festival of Lyric Art in Aix-en-Provence

August - Big Band Festival in Pertuis - Medieval Fair in Trets - International Piano Festival in La Roque d’Anthéron

September - Pilgrimage to Notre Dame de Consolation in Jouques - Calissons blessing ceremony in Aix-en-Provence

October - Chocolate and Sweets Fair in Les Pennes Mirabeau

November - Pumpkin Fair in Rognes - Start of Christmas Festivities in Aix-en-Provence

December - Grand Truffle and Food Market in Rognes

 

Getting to Aix-en-Provence

Flights:

Marseille-Provence international airport is 25 minutes by car from Aix-en-Provence and less than an hour from the main historical tourist sites of Provence. It is the only international airport in the heart of Provence.

Train:

The Aix-en-Provence TGV station provides access to the TGV high-speed train network in the Aix area.

The TGV Mediterranée links Aix-en-Provence to the whole of France as well as Europe (direct lines to Brussels and Geneva, and connections to London, Amsterdam, Cologne and Milan). 

Road:

Motorways A7 - A46 & A8 - A54 & A9

 

Contact

Aix-en-Provence
Tourist Office

300 avenue Giuseppe
Verdi 13605 Aix-en-Provence

Tel: +33 (0)4 42 16 11 61

Tourist passes are on sale at: Aix-en-Provence Tourist Office.  

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