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As a travel expert who specializes in France, I am constantly amazed by the beauty, culture, and diversity of this incredible country. From the vibrant city of Paris to the stunning beaches of the French Riviera, there is something for everyone in France.

Aix-en-Provence has a long and rich history dating back to Roman times, when it was known as Aquae Sextiae. The city flourished in the Middle Ages as a center of commerce and culture, and many of its most famous landmarks date from this period. Aix-en-Provence was also the birthplace of the painter Paul Cézanne, who is celebrated throughout the city.

Aix-en-Provence has a vibrant arts scene, with numerous theaters, music venues, and festivals throughout the year. The city is particularly known for its classical music, with the annual Festival d’Aix-en-Provence bringing together some of the world’s top performers and composers.

Aix-en-Provence is home to a wealth of architectural treasures, from the Roman ruins of the Théâtre antique and the Thermes Sextius to the 17th and 18th-century mansions of the Mazarin district. The city also boasts numerous fountains, including the famous Fontaine de la Rotonde at the center of the Cours Mirabeau.

 

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Must Visit

Tourist Attractions

Fontaine de la Rotonde
Price: free

Fontaine de la Rotonde

Place du Général de Gaulle

24/7

Hôtel de Caumont
Price: from 14,50 EUR

Hôtel de Caumont

3 Rue Joseph Cabassol

10:00-18:00

Place des Cardeurs
Price: free

Place des Cardeurs

Pl. Forum des Cardeurs

24/7

Château La Coste
Price: 15 EUR

Château La Coste

2750 Route De La Cride

10:00 - 17:00

Attractions For Kids

The Village Des Automates
Price: from 15 EUR

The Village Des Automates

Route Nationale 7, Chem. de la Diligence

10:00-17:30

Montopoto
Price: from 7,50 EUR

Montopoto

Chem. de la Diligence

10:00–19:00 (FR) 10:00-17:30

Urban Kids
Price: from 10,50 EUR

Urban Kids

35 Av. de la Grande Bégude

10:00-18:30

Planetarium Peiresc
Price: 8 EUR

Planetarium Peiresc

166 Av. Jean Monnet

(TS—ST) 9:00-12:00 and 13:00—16:30

Your first trip to Aix-en-Provence

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Your first trip to Aix-en-Provence

The main goal is to see the city's major attractions.

1-2 days

02

Big family trip

The main goal is to visit the kids' attractions and nature reserves of the area.

1-2 days

03

Honeymoon, all of the Aix-en-Provence

The main goal is to see everything Aix-en-Provence has to offer.

2-3 days

Hidden gems

Aix-en-Provence is a charming city located in the south of France, known for its rich history, art, and culture. Here are some hidden gems you might want to explore during your visit.

Passage Agard
Price: free

Passage Agard

Pass Agard

24/7

Public Library Les Méjanes - Cité du Livre
Price: free

Public Library Les Méjanes - Cité du Livre

8 Rue des Allumettes

(TS-ST) 10:00-19:00

Le Roy René
Price: free

Le Roy René

Quartier la Calade

9:30-19:00

Fondation Vasarely
Price: 9 EUR

Fondation Vasarely

1 Av. Marcel Pagnol

10:00-18:00

Expert advices

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Explore Aix-en-Provence on foot

Aix-en-Provence is a compact city that is best explored on foot. Walking around the city center allows you to appreciate the architecture, gardens, and fountains that make this city so special.

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See the Cézanne Sites

Aix-en-Provence was the home of the famous painter Paul Cézanne, who painted many of his most famous works in and around the town. Visit the Atelier Cézanne and the Bibémus Quarries to see some of the locations that inspired his paintings.

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Try local cuisine in Aix-en-Provence

Provencal cuisine is known for its fresh ingredients and simple yet flavorful dishes. Be sure to try local specialties like ratatouille, bouillabaisse, and pastis, a traditional anise-flavored liquor.

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Take advantage of markets

Aix-en-Provence has several markets throughout the week, offering fresh produce, artisanal products, and local crafts. Be sure to check out the daily market at La Place Richelme for a true Provencal experience.

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Visit Aix-enProvence in the off-season

Aix-en-Provence can be crowded during the summer months, so consider visiting in the off-season (fall or spring) to avoid the crowds and enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere.

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Recommended restaurants

Chez Feraud

Chez Feraud

32 Pl. Forum des Cardeurs

a classic French restaurant serving traditional dishes like escargots, bouillabaisse, and steak frites in a cozy, elegant setting.

Le Môme

Le Môme

57 avenue Maurice Plantier

The fact that this restaurant delivers entirely authentic French cuisine makes it one of the residents' favorites. The restaurant's food is prepared by a French grandmother who enjoys cooking and is passionate about preparing each dish with love for her children and grandchildren. The atmosphere in the restaurant is welcoming and ideal for social gatherings of friends and families.

 La Table du Pigonnet

La Table du Pigonnet

5 Av. du Pigonnet

A Michelin-starred restaurant located in a beautiful 18th-century mansion, offering creative French cuisine with a Mediterranean influence.

Mitch

Mitch

26 rue des Tanneurs

This excellent restaurant is regarded as one of the top restaurants in France because of its incredible meals that you won't find anywhere else in the world and its stylish, modern décor that features dark colors to help patrons feel at ease and relaxed. The way the restaurant presents its food makes you feel as though you are looking at a masterpiece when you are eating there. Grilled fish, steak, fruit salad, scallops, and many other delicacies are offered there.

Shopping malls

Les Allées Provençales

Les Allées Provençales

Av. Giuseppe Verdi

The town of Aix-en-Provence is home to a magnificent shopping center. Despite its small size, it has everything a customer might possibly require. Along with outdoor markets where local farmers sell their fresh items, there are supermarkets, electronics shops, souvenir shops, and gift shops. Do not pass up the chance to visit this mall because it is conveniently close to the city center and is therefore simple to get to.

Shopping center Aix La Pioline

Shopping center Aix La Pioline

1175 Rue Guillaume Du Vair Pole

The largest and most well-known shopping center in the city is located right in the middle of it. Both locals and tourists frequent it because it has everything a shopper could possibly need, including clothing stores, electronics stores, gift shops, and a variety of facilities like dining options, kid's play areas, and game centers. This mall has a large number of free parking spaces as well, so if you're looking for a cozy area to shop, this is the spot for you.

Jas de Bouffan

Jas de Bouffan

210 Av. de Bredasque

A specifically commissioned piece of art, reinterpreting Cézanne's well-known Jas-de-Bouffan picture, was unveiled as a symbol of the revamped Jas-de-Bouffan center. The Jas-de-Bouffan shopping area, first opened in 1982 and situated 2 kilometers west of the center of Aix-en-Provence, has grown steadily over time. The shopping center, which serves a 220,000-person catchment area, has steadily gained support from the city, transforming it into a mall in the middle of the settlement.

Centre Commercial Avant Cap

Centre Commercial Avant Cap

Av. du Plan de Campagne

a sizable shopping center with several different stores under one roof, including Zara, Etam, Pandora, Mango, and a sizable toy store. a few cafes, ice cream parlors, and restaurants There is plenty of free parking, but if you arrive after noon (mostly on weekends), plan to circle the area looking for a spot for a long time. Being aware that this mall is open on Sundays is useful given that most businesses in the vicinity are closed on Sundays. There are restrooms here, although they aren't the cleanest. There are almost 100 businesses here, so if you wanted, you could stay all day.

Shopping streets

Rue Marius Reynard

Rue Marius Reynard

Rue Marius Reynard

This is presumably Aix's most opulent and pricey fashion boulevard. This tiny street in the historic section of the city is home to all the well-known brands, including Maje, Mes Demoiselles, and Zadig & Voltaire. These are the stores that provide the newest styles and colors, but consumers won't get much change after spending 200 euros on a dress or skirt.

Les Allées Provençales

Les Allées Provençales

Les Allées Provençales

The newest shopping district in Aix, Les Allées, is where you can find high-street favorites like Zara and H&M. It also has a few French brands that you might not recognize, such as Banana Moon for swimwear and beachwear or Bizzbee, Jules, and Olly Gan for all the menswear at High Street shops.

Rue Clemenceau

Rue Clemenceau

Rue Clemenceau

This tiny street with the same name as the illustrious leader that juts out onto the renowned Cours Mirabeau is home to a plethora of high-quality High Street brands. You should visit Etam Lingerie and Undiz (pronounced "undies") if you need backups or to add to a depleting collection.

Rue Aude to Rue Méjanes

Rue Aude to Rue Méjanes

Rue Aude

In the middle of the Old Town, there is a small rectangle of streets with some fantastic individual stores. To be extremely fashionable, visit La Grande Boutique on Rue de la Glacière; the jeans cost 400 euros. Morgan and the well-known Comptoirs des Cotonniers are located on Rue Aude. The well-tailored 1,2,3, the reasonably priced Promod (kind of France's H&M, but without the ties to the high-end design firms), and the coveted Friends and Wood can all be found on Rue Méjanes.

Markets

Marché aux Fruits et Légumes

Marché aux Fruits et Légumes

Pl. Richelme

In Place Richelme, a well-organized market serves the best of Provencal terroir every day. Every day, dedicated farmers and dealers offer goat's cheese from the Luberon or Haute-Provence, olive oil from the Alpilles, lavender and garrigue honey, garlic, aromatic herbs, cold meats, sun-drenched vegetables, and fruits.

Place des Prêcheurs

Place des Prêcheurs

Pl. des Prêcheurs

Three days a week, Aix-en-Provence also features an additional food market. Producers, artisans, and market gardeners from Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and the Pays d'Aix provide a vast selection of fruits, vegetables, cheese, and local delicacies. Aix's caissons, nougats, jams, syrups, and wines provide gourmets with a symphony of flavors.

Le Marché Aux Fleurs

Le Marché Aux Fleurs

1 Pl. de l'Hôtel de ville

With the exception of the first Sunday of each month, the Aix-en-Provence flower market delivers a veritable symphony of hues and scents every day. Rose bouquets, daffodils, lilies, peonies, amaryllis, orchids, and various-shaped plants are on display in stalls. A bouquet or potted plant that will delight someone, embellish a table, or make an appearance on a balcony, a terrace, or in a garden will undoubtedly be found by the passionate as well as the curious.

Place de Verdun

Place de Verdun

Pl. de Verdun

Regional goods are offered by many artisans. A taste of Provencal know-how and a vibrant culture can be seen in tablecloths, home linens, fabric, earthenware and ceramics, cooking equipment, decorative items, and jewelry. The best rates on clothing and ready-to-wear items can also be found at fairgrounds; while browsing the stalls, you might find a hat to shield you from the sun, a new T-shirt in your favorite color, or a dress.

Dangerous and recommended areas of the city

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Cité du Val Saint-André: This area, located in the northern part of the city, has a reputation for being unsafe, especially at night. It’s best to avoid walking alone in this area after dark.

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Quartier des Facultés: This area is located near the university and can be crowded and noisy, especially during the school year. It’s generally safe during the day but can be sketchy at night.

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Centre Ville: The historic city center is generally safe, with many tourists and locals alike enjoying its lively streets, cafes, and restaurants. The area is well-lit at night and is patrolled by police.

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Quartier Mazarin: This residential neighborhood is known for its elegant 17th-century architecture and is generally considered one of the safest areas in Aix-en-Provence.

The Best Hotels

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Hôtel des Augustins

3 Rue de la Masse
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This 3-star hotel is located in a renovated 18th-century building in the heart of the city. The hotel features a mix of traditional and modern decor, and I enjoyed a comfortable room.

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Hôtel Le Pigonnet

5 Av. du Pigonnet
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This 5-star hotel is housed in an 18th-century Provençal manor surrounded by a lush garden. I enjoyed an elegant room, a spa, and a restaurant serving regional cuisine.

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Boutique Hôtel Cézanne

40 Av. Victor Hugo
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This 4-star hotel is located in a historic building in the city center and features traditional Provençal decor. I enjoyed a comfortable room, a spa, and a rooftop terrace with views of the city.

Recommended travel budget and how not to spend too much

For a couple in Aix-en-Provence

Budget/day Cost, €
Accommodation 130
Meals 60
Entertainment 40
Car rental 75

For 4 in Aix-en-Provence

Budget/day Cost, €
Accommodation 260
Meals 120
Entertainment 80
Car rental 75

3 days Itinerary in Aix-en-Provence

Day 1
Trip to Aix-en-Provence

10:00

Arrive in Aix-en-Provence and check in to the Hotel des Augustins.

11:00

Take a guided walking tour of the historic center of Aix-en-Provence and learn about its rich cultural heritage.

12:30

Have lunch at a local restaurant, La Brocherie, serving traditional Provençal cuisine.

14:00

Visit the Musée Granet, a museum featuring a wide range of artwork, including paintings by Cézanne, who was born in Aix-en-Provence.

16:00

Visit the Cours Mirabeau, a beautiful tree-lined avenue with fountains and outdoor cafes.

18:00

Return to your hotel and relax before dinner.

20:00

Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. De l'une à l'autre, serving Mediterranean-inspired cuisine.

Day 2
Trip to Aix-en-Provence

9:00

Visit the Atelier Cézanne, a museum located in the former studio of the famous painter, where you can see his tools, paintings, and personal belongings.

11:00

Visit the beautiful Pavillon de Vendôme, a stunning 17th-century mansion with beautiful gardens.

12:30

Have lunch at a local restaurant, Les Petits Plats de Trinidad, serving traditional French cuisine.

14:00

Visit the Jas de Bouffan, a mansion and estate that was owned by Cézanne and served as the inspiration for many of his paintings.

16:00

Take a relaxing stroll around the beautiful Parc Jourdan, a large park in the heart of Aix-en-Provence.

18:00

Return to your hotel and relax before dinner.

20:00

Dinner at L'instanT, a local Mediterranean-inspired restaurant.

Day 3
Trip to Aix-en-Provence

9:00

Take a scenic drive to the nearby Sainte-Victoire Mountain and go for a hike or bike ride to explore its stunning natural beauty.

11:00

Visit the Château de Vauvenargues, a beautiful castle located at the foot of Sainte-Victoire that was once owned by Picasso.

12:30

Have lunch at a local restaurant, Maison Sainte-Victoire, serving traditional French cuisine.

14:00

Visit the beautiful small village of Lourmarin, located in the heart of the Luberon region, and explore its charming streets and cafes.

16:00

Return to Aix-en-Provence and take a leisurely walk around the old city walls.

18:00

Return to your hotel and relax before dinner.

20:00

Enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant, Le bouche à Oreille, serving French cuisine.

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Public toilets

Place de la rotonde, Pl. Jeanne d'Arc, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France

2 Rue Reine Jeanne, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France

Av. René Cassin, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France

25 Av. des Belges, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France

City parking adresses

2 Rue Lapierre, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France

5 Av. Malherbe, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France

Av. de l'Arc de Meyran, 13090 Aix-en-Provence, France

50 Pl. Forum des Cardeurs, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France

2 Av. de l'Arc de Meyran, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France

51 Bd Aristide Briand, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France

Car-free areas

Old Town is completely closed to cars, with access (via retractable bollards) for locals only.

Public transport in Aix-en-Provence

Buses

The primary city bus system serving Aix-en-Provence and the Aix Region is the Aix en Bus Network. You can purchase a single-journey ticket from the driver when you board the bus to get around the Aix city center and the greater Aix area. The Aix en Provence bus reception desk is where you can purchase all pre-paid tickets and passes. It may be found in the Allées Provençales, within the Aix en Provence Tourist Office. Alternatively, you can replenish them at a number of tobacconists’ stores, newspaper stands, and other official establishments located throughout the city.

1 trip card (1.20 EUR) allows you to travel for 1 hour on the La Métropole Mobilité d’Aix and Territoire du Pays d’Aix networks.

2 trips card (2.30 EUR) allows two people to travel for 1 hour or one person for a round trip on the La Métropole Mobilité d’Aix-en-Provence and Territoire du Pays d’Aix networks.

10 trips card (9 EUR) allows several people to travel on all lines of the La Métropole Mobilité d’Aix-en-Provence and Territoire du Pays d’Aix networks.

Taxi

Taxi rates were last set by the authorities in February 2017. Like all taxis in France, drivers use a taximeter to determine the distance traveled.

Base fare – €2.00

Price per kilometer (day) – €1.60

Keeping the driver waiting will result in an additional charge of €24.80.

Except Monday through Saturday from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., these fees will apply. Sunday all day.

There are a lot of taxi services in Aix-en-Provence, with several taxi ranks in the city. One of the largest companies – Taxis Aixois, they are based by the bus station on the Boulevard Victor Coq. Tel +33442277111.

An alternative is Radio Taxi Mirabeau Tel +33442216161. 

Uber cars now also operate in Aix en Provence.

Base fare is  2.50 EUR

Cost per min is 0.30 EUR

The cost per kilometer is 1.20 EUR.

Minimum charge is 6 EUR

Cancellation fee is 6 EUR

Cooking & Testing

L'atelier Des Chefs Aix En Provence

L'atelier Des Chefs Aix En Provence

16 Rue Constantin

L'Atelier des Chefs is a cooking school located in Aix-en-Provence. The school offers a wide range of cooking classes and workshops for both amateur and professional chefs, and is a popular destination for foodies and cooking enthusiasts visiting the city.

L'atelier Cuisine De Mathilde

L'atelier Cuisine De Mathilde

58 Rue des Cordeliers

L'Atelier Cuisine de Mathilde is a cooking school located in Aix-en-Provence, that offers hands-on cooking classes and workshops for both individuals and groups. The school is run by Mathilde, a professional chef and food blogger who is passionate about teaching others how to cook.

Château du Seuil

Château du Seuil

4690 Rte du Seuil

Chateau de Seuil is a historic castle and winery located in the heart of the Provence region, near the town of Aix-en-Provence. The castle dates back to the 16th century and has been owned by the same family for over two centuries.

Château La Coste

Château La Coste

2750 Route De La Cride

The winery at Chateau La Coste produces a range of organic and biodynamic wines, including red, white, and rosé wines made from local grape varieties such as Syrah, Grenache, and Vermentino. Visitors can take part in wine tastings and tours, and learn about the winemaking process from the vineyard to the cellar.

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