Escape to Aix-en-Provence! Enjoy its cafes, history and temples.

What you'll enjoy the most in Aix-en-Provence will certainly be walking along the small streets and avenues of its historic centre. You'll discover remarkable houses and fountains, as well as high-street shops and designer boutiques. Another of the city's attractions is its exceptional museums.

Aix-en-Provence was founded under the Roman Empire near thermal springs and to protect Marseilles. It became the residence of the Counts of Provence in the 12th century, making it the capital of the province. A university city and cultural centre since the 15th century, it remains a leading light in the art world today.

Walk along the cours Mirabeau, between the fontaine de la Rotonde and the statue of King René. Here you'll find many remarkable town houses, such as the hôtel Maurel de Pontevès, the oldest, at number 38. Be sure to stop by the fontaine des Neuf-Canons and the amazing warm-water fontaine moussue. You can also admire the many town houses in the quartier Mazarin, named after the eponymous cardinal, south of cours Mirabeau. To the north of cours Mirabeau lies the oldest part of the city. One of its curious features is the particularly narrow rue Esquiche-Coude. Guided tours are arranged by the tourist information office.

Art lovers will be spoilt for choice in Aix-en-Provence. They will surely start by visiting the musée Granet, filled with hundreds of works by some of the most famous painters from the 14th to the 20th century: Rembrandt, Cézanne, Monet, Van Gogh, not to mention Picasso, Dufy, Klee and many other equally illustrious artists. They will then follow in the footsteps of Cézanne by visiting his studio and the bastide du Jas de Bouffan.

How can we talk about Aix-en-Provence without mentioning the calisson? The sweet treat made from almonds and candied melon, flavoured with orange blossom, is truly delicious. You'll find many other regional products at the city's various markets, which are held every morning.

To explore Provence, book a rental car on Expedia's website when booking your hotel. You'll also be able to travel to nearby Marseilles and visit the brand-new MuCEM.

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Cafés, Museums and Historical Buildings

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Aix-en-Provence Historic Centre
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Aix-en-Provence Historic Centre

Monuments, Spas, Historical Buildings

Spas, historical sites and bars highlight some of the noteworthy features of Aix-en-Provence Historic Centre. Make a stop by Place des Precheurs or Cours Mirabeau while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

13th Arrondissement
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13th Arrondissement

Skyscrapers, Beaches, Universities

During your stop in 13th Arrondissement, check out the beaches, and jump on the metro at La Rose Station to see more of the surrounding area.

Grand Sud
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Grand Sud

If you're spending some time in Grand Sud, Cours Mirabeau and Place des Precheurs are top sights worth seeing.

Couronne Urbaine
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Couronne Urbaine

While visiting Couronne Urbaine, you might make a stop by sights like Cours Mirabeau and Place des Precheurs.

Top hotels in Aix-en-Provence

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Boutique Hotel Cezanne
4 out of 5
40 Avenue Victor Hugo, Aix-en-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone
£126
per night
13 Oct-14 Oct
4.4/5Excellent! (887 reviews)

This family-friendly Aix-en-Provence hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Cours Mirabeau and La Rotonde - Place General Charles ...

4.4/5Excellent! (887 reviews)

"Everything about the hotel was good. The only thing that would have made it better was decaf coffee in the bedrooms (there were Nespresso pods but no decaf ones and others in the hotel were not compatible). But hotel was well located and very pleasant."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jul 2019

Boutique Hotel Cezanne
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Grand Hôtel Roi René Aix en Provence MGallery By Sofitel
4 out of 5
24 Boulevard du Roi Rene, Aix-en-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone
£137
per night
6 Oct-7 Oct
4.3/5Excellent! (401 reviews)

Located in Mazarin Quarter, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Place des Quatre-Dauphins and Cours Mirabeau. Place des Precheurs and Saint-Sauveur Cathedral ...

4.3/5Excellent! (401 reviews)

"The staff and service was excellent! The pool was a godsend. The location super convenient! And when we were stuck in Roque-d’Anthéron (45 minutes away) after a piano concert at midnight with no taxi or uber available, we called them and they sent a cab for us!"…"

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2019

Grand Hôtel Roi René Aix en Provence MGallery By Sofitel
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Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hotel
5 out of 5
£162
per night
5 Oct-6 Oct
4.6/5Wonderful! (369 reviews)

Located in Grand Sud, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grand Theater of Provence and Cours Mirabeau. Saint-Sauveur Cathedral and Place des Precheurs ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (369 reviews)

"Loved the spaciousness of entry, bedroom, bathroom The bed very comfy The jardin area, lovely The concierge so helpful w car, umbrellas, directions"…"

Reviewed on 15 Sep 2019

Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hotel

Top activities in Aix-en-Provence

Luberon Market & Villages Full-Day Tour
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Luberon Market & Villages Full-Day Tour

£94

Explore a traditional open-air market in one of Provence's many medieval villages before embarking on tour that's packed with breathtaking medieval scenery. Depending on the day, visit a market in either Gordes, Lourmarin, or L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, followed by visits to the 2 other villages, Roussillon and Fontaine de Vaucluse.

Aix-en-Provence Gourmet Tour
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Aix-en-Provence Gourmet Tour

£67

Start from Avignon and enjoy your gourmet walking tour in the town originally called Aquae Sextiae in the 2nd Century B.C. Thanks to this guided tour, you will be able to discover the historical center of this charming provencal town and also to please yourself with the diversified scents and flavours of our region.

Provence Wines & Villages Full-Day Tour
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Provence Wines & Villages Full-Day Tour

£98

This excursion into the wine country and visual wonder of the Provence region is not to be missed. Spend your morning tasting full-bodied wines from the Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire vineyards, and your afternoon exploring the area's many medieval villages, each with their own story to tell.

Les Baux, Arles & Pont du Gard Day Tour from Aix en Provence
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Les Baux, Arles & Pont du Gard Day Tour from Aix en Provence

£98

Meet your guide at 9:45 am in front of Aix en Provence tourist office. Scope out the clifftop hamlets and medieval villages of Provence as you wind through the Alpilles.

Wine Tasting in Cezanne Country
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Wine Tasting in Cezanne Country

£63

Embark on a compelling wine tour from central Aix-en-Provence to the scenic landscape of Sainte-Victoire Mountain and discover why the area was such an inspiration for painter Paul Cezanne. Learn about the vineyards and enjoy wine-tastings before heading back to the city center.

Cassis half-day morning tour from Aix en Provence
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Cassis half-day morning tour from Aix en Provence

£58

Meet your guide in central Aix en Provence at 9 am. Drive to Cassis, a former fishermen village called the little Saint-Tropez of Provence. Free time to visit this charming village at your own pace, relax on the beach or enjoy a 45 mn mini-cruise in the 3 main inlets of the national park, listed by Unesco as world park heritage since 2012.

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