Aix-en-Provence is known for its beautiful architecture and charming streets. The city has a rich history and is home to many historic buildings, such as the 17th-century Saint-Sauveur Cathedral.
This beautiful town, a must for any world traveller, is defined by a stately avenue lined with beautiful plane trees and dotted with grand 17th century mansions, ancient fountains and marvellous architecture. Aix is an enclave of bourgeois-bohemian chic dubbed ‘the Paris of the South’; the city has a rich literary history and was home to Emile Zola and Albert Camus.
No matter which lane you venture down, the discoveries will all be charming. Spend a couple of hours at the wonderful Musée Granet on Place Saint Jean de Malte, and then drive up to the Atelier de Cezanne, where local painter Paul Cezanne lived.
There are also has many beautiful parks and garden to enjoys, including the Parc Jourdan and the Pavillon de Vendôme, which are popular spots for picnics and outdoor activities.
Explore the city
There are wonderful streets to explore north of Cours Mirabeau, which houses the Cathedral and two other churches. You should also see the Hotel de Ville, clock tower and university – all built in beautiful yellow stone. Markets are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Eat at the oldest café in the South of France, Les Deux Garcons.
There is a vibrant cultural scene and it’s home to many art galleries, museums, and theatres. The city is also known for its music festivals, including the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, which is a world-renowned opera festival.
Top 10 things to see and do in Aix-en-Provence
- Cours Mirabeau: Take a stroll along this elegant street, lined with cafes, shops, and historic mansions.
- Musée Granet: Visit this museum to admire an impressive collection of art, including works by Cézanne, Picasso, and Rubens.
- Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur d’Aix-en-Provence: This beautiful cathedral features a mix of architectural styles, including Romanesque and Gothic.
- Atelier Cézanne: Explore the studio of the famous painter, Paul Cézanne, and see where he created some of his most famous works.
- Le Jardin de la Ville: Enjoy a peaceful stroll in this tranquil garden, which features fountains, sculptures, and a variety of plants.
- Place des Quatre Dauphins: This charming square is known for its stunning fountain, which features four dolphins and a statue of King René.
- Les Calanques: Take a day trip to the nearby Calanques, a series of stunning limestone cliffs and coves that are perfect for hiking, swimming, and sunbathing.
- Markets: Aix-en-Provence is home to a variety of markets, including the Marché d’Aix-en-Provence, which sells fresh produce, flowers, and other goods.
- La Rotonde Fountain: Admire this beautiful fountain, located in the centre of a roundabout, which features a statue of three female figures holding up a globe.
- Tour de l’Horloge: Climb to the top of this clock tower to enjoy stunning views of the city and the surrounding countryside.
For more information visit the Aix tourism website