AIX-EN-PROVENCE, QUINTESSENTIAL PROVENCE
Aix-en-Provence and other famous capital cities in France, are travel destinations favored by fans from around the world. The bright skies, the golden stone facades, the babbling green fountains, the shade of the plane trees and the gentle way of life are present to take advantage of during a visit to this old French city in Provence. Aix-en-Provence, one of the important cities in the south of France, is an open-air history book.
Typical of important famous old French cities, something you need to accomplish in Aix-en Provence is taking a walk to discover its beautiful architectural structures — demonstrating exceptional examples of the varied cultural heritage in France. Travel to this famous French city and explore the old town, the Cours Mirabeau, the Mazarin neighborhood with all it's fountains, townhouses, gardens and museums.
Experience what it’s like to be in one of the most beautiful European cities. At the terrace of a cafe or a restaurant, or at the colorful markets, enjoy a taste of the Provencal way of life. Here, you will be able enjoy a leisurely stroll while window shopping.
Departing from Aix, you will be able to continue your visit in the Pays d’Aix, another old French city in the region, dotted with cypresses, vineyards and olive groves. It is just like traveling through the landscapes of Cézanne, his hilltop villages and his historical sites. Many discovery trails and gourmet excursions are also available in this famous Mediterranean city in France offering you the opportunity to taste the regional produce.
NOT TO MISS IN AIX
Cézanne’s three sites:
1- The artist’s workshop
It is here that you can feel the artist’s presence the most.
Discover his painting equipment, and the objects most dear to him that he used
for his final works on still life.
2- The family house in Jas de Bouffan
The Cézanne family's property for 40 years, the Bastide du Jas de
Bouffan was a source of inspiration for Paul Cézanne. He painted his first
large youthful works directly on the walls of the large lounge on the ground
floor, then installed his easel in the gardens in front of the house, the farm,
the pond, and the alley lined with horse chestnuts to paint a total of 36 oils
and 17 watercolors that depict his family environment.
3- The Bibémus quarries
By the time Cézanne set up his easel in the middle of the quarry,
they had not been in use for several decades. Between 1895 and 1904, in this
chaotic landscape abandoned by people, Cézanne painted 11 oils and 16
watercolors, including the famous “red rock,” now on display at the Orangerie
Museum in Paris.
Le Musée Granet (Granet Museum)
Built in 1676, the Palais de Malte was a Commandery before
becoming the present-day Granet Museum. The old
and famous French city of Aix-en-Provence has one of the most beautiful
regional museums in France. Travel now
and see this important French city’s permanent
collections and go back in time from the 20th, down to the 14th century. Here,
French, Flemish, Dutch and Italian works are exhibited, with pieces by
Rembrandt, Rubens, Ingres, David, Granet, the Cézanne school, the Cézanne room,
Do not miss two exceptional collections: “from Cézanne to
Giacometti,” an overview of 20th century art with 19 works by Giacometti,
paintings by Léger, Mondrian, Klee, de Staël, Picasso, Tal Coat... and the
“Jean Planque collection.”
The cours Mirabeau and its cafe terraces
Created in 1650, the “Cours à Carrosses” retains its status as the
heart of this capital city in France. Travel and enjoy the sights of
“Cours à Carrosses,” a verdant tunnel dotted with fountains and lined with
sumptuous townhouses with 17th and 18th century facade.
Aix-en-Provence is one of the most beautiful
European cities, ranked alongside famous
important old French cities. The noblest families had their elegant
residences built here, which helped establish the town’s status as one of the
most important capital cities in France.
See the famous cafe terraces in this old
important French city filling up with happy tourists and local
Many magnificent fountains decorate the famous French city. A source of life, captured and distributed
since antiquity, water is at the heart of the life and history of
Aix-en-Provence. In a region where water is rare, this beautiful European city has been able to count on its many
springs. However, it was not until the second half of the 19th century that
water flowed freely in the fountains’ basins, thanks to the construction of the
Verdon Canal and the Zola Dam. After drinking from the fountains, recharge
yourself at the Thermes Sextius. Its water, renowned for its magical virtues,
will take care of you and help you to live in harmony with the environment.
If you’re interested in the religious
heritage in France, travel to see
the Saint-Sauveur Cathedral in Aix-en-Provence. This cathedral was built
between the 5th and 18th century. The resulting architectural variety is
immediately visible on its facade: the Romanesque portal sits alongside a Roman
wall, and the richly sculpted Gothic portal is crowned by a clock tower erected
between 1323 and 1425. Inside, the baptistery rests on elements from the 5th
century. The 12th century cloister is a model of tranquility and elegance.
“Les allées provençales”
Opened in 2007, this new neighborhood has increased the famous French city’s shopping potential, cafe
terraces, and the number of cultural events. Ranked among the important capital cities in France,
Aix-en-Provence attracts many visitors as much in the daytime, for its
beautiful stores and cafes, as in the evening for the shows at the Grand
Théâtre de Provence or performances by the Ballet Preljocaj at the CCN Pavillon
Noir. Soon, right next to the CCN, this old
French city will be inaugurating its new conservatoire. It is also in
the “allées provençales” that you will find the new Tourist Office, opposite
the old one.
Make the most of your stay in
France. Travel to Aix and enjoy the local specialties such as calissons,
santon figurines, wines from AOC Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence, Côtes de Provence
Sainte Victoire, Provence wines and Palette wines.
The important and famous French
city of Aix has many delicious treats to offer, starting with the
calisson, the town’s specialty prepared with ground almonds. Many factories are
open to visitors and offer tastings; santon figurine makers, wine estates, and
olive farms open their doors to the public. Wines and olive oils and their
by-products, such as olive tapenade paste, may also be bought at markets. The
local farmers’ market may be found every morning all year round on Place
Thermes Sextius, spa and mineral water thalassotherapy.
Your visit to this famous old
French city will not be complete without discovering the history of
Aquae Sextiae (the former name of Aix-en-Provence). It is said that a spring
has flowed freely in this beautiful European
city for more than 10,000 years from the depths of the rocks of Mont
Sainte Victoire. Naturally hot and filled with mineral elements, its valuable
water restores your natural serenity, vitality and taste for life.
Property of the PARTOUCHE group, in Aix, the casino is called
Pasino and is the perfect place for a game of roulette, blackjack, 30/40, slot
machines, etc. You can also enjoy a delicious meal at one of its three
restaurants, or enjoy a show or concert.
Aix-en-Provence is a hub of activity all year round and benefits
from a beautiful climate – it is quintessential Provence – come enjoy it for
Visiting the town
Capital cities in France travel and heritage tours are
available all year round. Guided tours to Aix are held on Wednesdays and
Saturdays at 10 am, exploring the charms of this famous
French city, the elegance of its townhouses, and the beauty of its
architecture and its monuments. From April through October, one visit is held
per day at 10 am – focusing on a different theme every morning.
AIX AND PAYS D'AIX PASS - €2
Valid all year, when presenting your PASS, you will be able to
benefit from a reduced rate at partner sites - the full list is available at
the Tourist Office.
PASS FOR THE 3 SITES OF CEZANNE - 12 €
To visit the places where Paul Cézanne lived and painted:
Cézanne's studio, Jas de Bouffan house, Bibemus quarries.
For more information on the town visits or the PASS call: +33 4 42
16 11 61 or www.aixenprovencetourism.com
Getting to Aix
SNCF: town center station and Aix-en-Provence-TGV station: 3 hours
International airport: Marseille-Provence
Shuttle bus service between the town center - AIX TGV station and
Motorways: A7, A8, A51, A56 (800 km from Paris)
CONTACT AND USEFUL LINKS
avenue Giuseppe Verdi
Aix-en-Provence Cedex 1
Tel: +33 (0)4 42 16 11 61
Fax: +33 (0)4 42 16 11 62
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