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Aix-en-Provence, France - June 20, 2016: Cardeurs square with cafes and restaurants in the old town of Aix-en-Provence city on the south of France. ©RossHelen/iStock

Aix-en-Provence city in France

Rotunda fountain in Aix-en-Provence, French spa town, also known as the city of fountains. ©helovi/iStock

Rotunda fountain at Aix-en-Provence, France

Mont Sainte Victoire in Provence, France ©ManuKro/iStock

Mont Sainte Victoire in Provence, France

Saint Sauveur gothic cathedral in Aix-en-Provence in France ©RossHelen/iStock

Church in Aix-en-Provence

Aix-En-Provence, France - July 17, 2014: Cour d'appel d'Aix-en-Provence Palace of Justice of Aix-en-Provence on a sunny day with cars and pedestrians. The Palace is located in Place de Verdun ©AdrianHancu/iStock

Cour d'appel d'Aix-en-Provence Palace of Justice of Aix-en-Prove

The Cours Mirabeau, the main street in Aix-en-Provence, France ©Cour Mirabeau, terrasses. Aix-en-Provence.

Aix-en-Provence, France

Pavilion Vendome (circa 1667), place of death of Louis de Bourbon, Duke of Vendome. National Heritage Site of France (monument historique). Architect Antoine Matisse. Aix-en-Provence, France ©RossHelen/iStock

Pavilion Vendome (circa 1667). Aix-en-Provence, France

France, Bouches du Rhône (13), Aix-en-Provence, rue de la Verrerie, restaurants ©L. Giraudou/hemis.fr

France, Bouches-du-Rhône (13), Pays d'Aix, carrières de Bibémus ©C. Moirenc/hemis.fr

France, Bouches-du-Rhône (13), Pays d'Aix, carrières de Bibémus

Provence

Aix-en-Provence in 3 days

The water and art of the south

  • City Break
  • Weekends

This town of honey-colored walls is a doorway to Provence that immerses you in the gentle south. A historic city, Aix-en-Provence has travelled across the world through Cézanne’s paintings, for which it has been an incredibly rich source of inspiration. And with good reason! Just take a stroll in the heart of the city to marvel at its Baroque architecture, its many fountainsits seductive terraces and its gentle ambiance. Take a tour of the capital of Provence in just a few days! 

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Day 1 - Aix-en-Provence

Set off from the Fontaine de la Rotonde, one of the many fountains you will come across in a town sprayed throughout with water. Head to Cours Mirabeau, where you can enjoy a coffee break at one of the many surrounding terraces. Next, walk along the Rue de l’Opera, before entering Old Aix through the streets leading to the Palais de Justice and Palais Montclar. After lunch in the heart of Old Aix, take Rue Espariat to reach Place d’Albertas, one of the wonders of Aix’s historic centre. Cross the town hall square to admire the Archbishop’s Palace where you can visit the Tapestries Museum. Don’t miss the Saint-Sauveur Cathedral, its cloister and fabulous Burning Bush Triptych, before spending the evening on Rue de la la Verrerie.

  • Distance : 5,5 km
  • Duration : 0h24

Day 2 - Aix-en-Provence

On this second day, head to Pavillon de Vendôme, an 18th century bastide surrounded by an inviting French formal garden that is ideal for walks. If the weather isn’t suitable for an outdoor visit, enjoy a well-being break in the nearby ancient establishment, Termes Sextius. After lunch in the old centre, head down through the narrow streets of the Mazarin quarter and stop at the Granet Museum which features, among other things, some of the works of Cézanne and twentieth century masterpieces from the Jean Planque collection. The Caumont Art Centre demands a visit inside what is a beautiful old hotel. In the evening, continue your walk towards the Sextius Mirabeau district to admire the finely-lit buildings of the Grand Théâtre de Provence, the Conservatoire Darius-Milhaud and the Pavilion Noir.
MyTripTailor Tip: Sextius Mirabeau has a limited choice of restaurants so, once you have explored the quarter, return to Old Aix for dinner.

  • Distance : 8,1 km
  • Duration : 0h29

Day 3 - Aix-en-Provence

Head to Place de la Rotonde to take one of the regular buses that serve the three major locations marked by Cézanne: his studio, his Jas de Bouffan residence and his favorite location, Carrières de Bibémus, with its strange, colourful and inspiring rocks. Lovers of contemporary art, should stay in the area to visit the Fondation Vasarely, dedicated to the memory of an artist considered the forefather of Op Art. The more sporty could enjoy an afternoon walk on the Sainte-Victoire mountain, another subject of Cezanne’s paintings. Those lacking the time or motivation for a hike could go by car.

MyTripTailor Tip: End this Cezanne themed day with dinner at the Les Deux Garçons brasserie that the painter sometimes attended in the company of the writer Emile Zola.

  • Distance : 39 km
  • Duration : 1h18

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