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Aix-en-Provence
Travel Guide

The former capital of Provence is a city of art and history, and you can discover its charming centre bathed in glorious sunshine.

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.

Where to stay in Aix-en-Provence

Kyriad Résidence Cabriès
Kyriad Résidence Cabriès
3 out of 5
Route de Cales Lieu Dit La Mere, Cabries
The price is £65 per night from 21 Apr to 22 Apr

Situated in a rural location, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Plan de Campagne and within 9 miles (15 km) of Aix-Marseille Golf and Pole d'Activites d'Aix ...

4.4/5Excellent! (162 reviews)
Very enjoyable stay

"A very enjoyable stay. Front of desk were friendly and helpful. Modern, clean room and a lovely pool to relax. My only criticism was that I had a corner room with no terrace and it's a little out of the way from the local amenities. But overall I would definitely recommend as a base to visit the ..."…"

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2019

Kyriad Résidence Cabriès
Hôtel Birdy by HappyCulture
Hôtel Birdy by HappyCulture
4 out of 5
775 Rue Jean René Guillibert Gauthier de, la Lauzière, Aix-en-Provence, Provence, France
The price is £73 per night from 2 May to 3 May

Located in Grand Sud, this golf hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Pole d'Activites d'Aix en Provence, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Vasarely Foundation and Aix-en-Provence ...

4.3/5Excellent! (197 reviews)
Merci Hotel Birdy

"My friend and I stayed here for 1 week and thoroughly enjoyed our time. The decor was particularly an attraction for us. The staff were very accommodating and mannerable. It is about 15 minutes from Aix en Provence city, which is perfect for day or evening trips out. The food was delicious, so we ..."…"

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2020

Hôtel Birdy by HappyCulture
Boutique Hotel Cezanne
Boutique Hotel Cezanne
4 out of 5
40 Avenue Victor Hugo, Aix-en-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £101 per night from 1 May to 2 May

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (970 reviews)
Good Location

"Nice hotel, centrally located, friendly staff. Parking was expensive €25 and it was expensive to take your dog €25."…"

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2020

Boutique Hotel Cezanne
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Adonis Aix-en-Provence
Adonis Aix-en-Provence
3 out of 5
3828 Route de Berre, Eguilles, Bouches-du-Rhone
The price is £55 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr

Situated in Eguilles, this golf residence is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Set Golf and within 6 miles (10 km) of Vasarely Foundation and Memorial Site of Les Milles ...

3.9/5Very Good! (406 reviews)

"Great place , bed was very noisy"…"

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2019

Adonis Aix-en-Provence
Odalys City Aix en Provence Le Clos de la Chartreuse
Odalys City Aix en Provence Le Clos de la Chartreuse
3 out of 5
42 Route de Galice, Aix-en-Provence
The price is £54 per night from 14 Apr to 15 Apr

Situated in Aix-en-Provence, this residence is within 1 mile (2 km) of Vasarely Foundation, Pavillon Noir and Grand Theater of Provence. Les Allees Provencales ...

3.6/5Good! (312 reviews)

"Front desk staff was amazing! Helped us order pizza for the kids as we don't speak French! Room was gigantic! Easy to park. We enjoyed our stay!"…"

Reviewed on 1 Sep 2019

Odalys City Aix en Provence Le Clos de la Chartreuse
Appart’City Aix en Provence – La Duranne
Appart’City Aix en Provence – La Duranne
3 out of 5
The price is £56 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr

Located in Grand Sud, this residence is within 1 mile (2 km) of Pole d'Activites d'Aix en Provence and Aix-Marseille Golf. Memorial Site of Les Milles Camp is ...

3.4/5 (317 reviews)

"Er was geen waterkoker. Voor de rest een goede appartement om een paar dagen te verblijven. De kids waren blij met het zwembad."…"

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2019

Appart’City Aix en Provence – La Duranne
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Aix-en-Provence

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31 Oct 2019

Beautiful great weather. Very French and relaxing. Excellent public transport system. Love it.

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3 Oct 2019

Lovely place and surrounding area ,with good transport facilities if you don't drive .Our hotel was ideally located to enable walking to all areas of Aix. Good choice of places to eat, museums , art galleries and churches to visit.

5/5 - Excellent

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24 Sep 2019

Art galleries excellent restaurants beautiful countryside . Sunshine.

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Alex

7 Sep 2019

Aix is beautiful would highly recommend

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7 Aug 2019

Lovely city with bags of character. Ideal for a city break.

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29 Jul 2019

Lots of interesting places, information and paintings of Cezanne the painter. Also works of Picasso, Van Gogh and many other artists on display. Narrow streets to wander along, interesting shops, lively cafes and very good food.

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