Aix-en-Provence Travel Guide

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Aix-en-Provence Things to Do

  • Market

    Aix-en-Provence is a very different French city. There are fountains and trees and beautiful buildings as in the rest of France, but there don't seem to be as many museums and churches to visit. It's fun to wander the streets in the Old Town, to have a coffee on the Cours Mirabeau and to visit the Musée Granet and Cezanne's studio. St. Sauveur...

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  • Cours Mirabeau

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The first time we arrived on the Cours Mirabeau I was so excited to finally be able to see it. What a disappointment, we managed to arrive when they had the entire Cours torn up for reconstruction and renovation. It was a nightmare of chainlink fence and construction posters. So sad. Off we went to explore the rest of Aix. The next time we arrived...

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  • Cathédrale Saint Sauveur

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The cloister of the church of St. Sauveur is one hindred years older than the church. It is Romanesque and was built between 1180 and the early years of the 13C at the same time as the cloister at Arles. It is rectangular and has bas relief statues at the corners. There are pairs of delicate columns between the ends that are topped by capitals that...

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Aix-en-Provence Hotels

  • Hotel Cezanne

    Very nice hotel in a great location in Aix. Rooms were very clean and comfortable. Bed was also very...

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  • Villa Gallici

    Villa Galici is an incredible villa just outside the center of Aix. It has a small amount of rooms,...

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  • Hotel du Globe

    Hotel du Globe is well run by friendly, helpful staff, who speak a passable level of English. The...

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Aix-en-Provence Restaurants

  • Forum Cardeurs

    Lined up along Forum Cardeurs, the Bistrot des Philosphes was recommended by the proprieter of the B&B. Very convenient. The restaurant is nicely decorated, service was good, and the menu interesting. I opted for the pork medallions with tapenade. A cup of polenta, and a glass of wine. Finished off with some Ricard.

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  • Classic / Moderne Cuisine

    Located in the restaurant laden Forum des Cardeurs, La Plancha features a modern cuisine. I dined in the outside covered patio, which with heaters was very comfortable on a cool, slightly damp evening. I started with a 50 cl bottlle of Revellet, a warm cheese plate, the the duck with a vegetable mousse, and small salad. The finished it off with a...

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  • Authentic Indian food in Aix

    A small restaurant, family run with authentic Indian taste. We stumbled upon this while in Aix and the chef impressed us very much. The fish dishes with subtle mustard flavour is a delight. We were also impressed to learn that they made the Indian cheese in the restaurant using local ingredients.The wine are in different ranges. We chose the...

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Aix-en-Provence Nightlife

  • Nostalgia

    Lovely place which has different theme nights every night of the week!The dancefloor is downstairs, in a cave-like thing =)Friday is 80's night! And, best of all, the DJ takes requests! No dress code

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  • Aix By Night

    I love to walk around cities at night and take pictures. You get an entirely different view of things. I am careful about not putting myself in danger when I do this, however.

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  • Alternative venue...

    An alternative pub with a shop downstairs, where you can buyclothes and accessories. They have different theme nights withfor example metal, electro, goth...Nice bartender as well! Not really, but everyone who goes here is more or less dressed in black...

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Aix-en-Provence Transportation

  • Where do you park that car?

    There are 9100 parking spaces available in Aix-en-Provence city center. That seems like a lot but finding an empty one can sometimes be a challenge. We’ve always found street parking until our last trip when we had to retreat to a car park. Fortunately there are several and they are well marked. The first half hour is free but if you’re...

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  • How to come in and out ,Aix-en-Provence

    Aix en provence is well connected with rail and bus service to the area hub at Marseille.I have come by car and bus from Marseille.Parking Rotonde or Carnot are the ones I have used. Also, Méjanes, Cardeurs,Mignet,Rambot,Bellegarde,Signoret ,and Pasteur.best route planning iswww.viamichelin.comand for additional traffic info I...

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  • Bus from Marseilles

    The bus leaves from Marseilles train station at very regular intervals and is not at all expensive. I paid a few euros but of course, whatever I paid in 2011 would have increased by now. The bus trip takes probably half an hour to reach Aix. The bus arrival station in Aix is on the Cours Mirabeau and is very handy to the Tourist Info Centre. The...

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Aix-en-Provence Shopping

  • Shopping in Aix

    Aix is my new favorite place to shop. It's like a mini Paris. I was particularly taken with La Grand Baix with it's designer fashions not seen in the USA. That's where I discovered Catherine Michiels' inspired jewelry. And I was looking for a unique fragrance, which I found at Rose et Marius. The Saturday markets were also not to be missed,...

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  • Calissons

    One of the specialties in Provence are the small cake like Calissons. Leonard Parli has the reputation of the best in Aix and his product can be found in many places. However, close to the train station is the Leonard Parli Calisson store.

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  • Local Wines

    Local wine shop specializing in wines made in the immediate region. This place is off the beaten track, a mile on the Cezanne walk to view Mount Victoire. I picked up a local syrah-cabernet by loacal vintner Domaine des Masque which was very tasty. The woman was very helpful although spoke no English. It did not matter with my clumsy French she was...

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Aix-en-Provence Local Customs

  • Serving coffee

    My proprieter of the B&B I was staying at explained as he served me my coffee during breakfast. "In Provence, coffee is served in large bowls, not cups". Who was I to argue? I enjoyed the coffee (although I am not a coffee drinker) and besides, the rest of the breakfast was excellent. I did ponder on how one would drink a bowl of coffee with one...

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  • Calissons

    Calissons are a confection popular in Aix and throughout Provence. It's an almond shaped confection made of sugar and almond paste. In September there is a blessing of the confections called: la bénédiction des calissons. This ceremony has been held since the seventeeth century to mark the deliverance of Aix from the plague. After the ceremony...

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  • Everything is dead on sundays!

    Don't plan on doing anything that involves public transport, shopping (even for food) or museum and stuff - everything is closed on sundays.What the french do themselves, is meet friends at a café, have dinnerwith the family, or go to the countryside.

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Aix-en-Provence Warnings and Dangers

  • A different sort of town now

    I visited Aix 20 years ago when it was a charming town. We got there to find there is a move toward modernization with the live/work/play construction we are familiar with in Atlanta...huge shopping centers with little trees. There was really so much construction near Cours Mirabou that it was difficult to get around. My daughter and I were so...

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  • don't drink from this fountain!

    On our walking tour of Aix, we stumbled across this drinking fountain for dogs, we think, on Rue Boulegon & Rue Mignet.

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  • Pigeons !!!!!

    This is a funny but real thing that can happen to you. The beautiful planetrees, the shade of which you enjoy at the terrace of cafés, also host many pigeons whose droppings can compromise your good tourist temper!!!You will actually notice that the monuments are protected with picks in order to prevent the pigeaon to nestle there.

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Aix-en-Provence Tourist Traps

  • La Pizza Restaurant Aix-en-Provence -...

    The night we went there in September 2006 pizza's were not on the menu and the fillet steak ordered was actually burnt with some charcoal lines on it.... a steak burnt ? in France ? No reduction in price was offered and the staff obviously have enough "passing trade" not to care. I would say check that the Pizza oven is working before you sit...

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  • Atelier Cézanne - so?

    The painter's house and garden. Sure, an ok place to go ifyou have nothing else to do, but I don't think it's worth it.Costs 4 euro to get in and you only get to see one room.Can't take any photos either. Take a longer walk in the garden instead, and while you're up there,continue up the hill to portail de Cézanne and watch the Mont Saint Victoire...

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  • Cafés on Cours Mirabeau

    Well, ok, you've got to go there if you visit Aix, it's impossible not to.What I'd like to advise you to avoid are the cafés, they charge WAYtoo much for whatever you're ordering. Take one of the side-streets off cours Mirabeau instead. You'll have much better value for money and you'll avoid many other tourists.

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Aix-en-Provence What to Pack

  • Hiking Boots

    It might be a goog idea to bring hiking boots, for you may decide to walk about the St.Victoire region, even if you don't go to the peak. What's more, Aix itself is cobbled mostly, and you may find them more comfortable on the cobblestones. Always bring spare shoes anyway, in case you tread in the dogpoo. Bring medical supplies from home. My...

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  • A good scarf

    It's a good idea to have a scarf in Aix, especially from November to about April, because it can sometimes be chilly, especially when the Mistral comes to town. Here I am, with my beloved scarf from Monoprix, when it snowed in December 2002. I should add, you may not need to bring a scarf really, I bought mine in Aix. They have lots of nice...

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  • Packing List

    The climate has made the reputation of this region. The winters are mild (an average temperature of 8°C) and its summers are hot and dry with temperatures varying between 22°C and 30°C. The rainfall is low, (less than 50 days of rain per year).

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Aix-en-Provence Off The Beaten Path

  • Place d'Albertas, AeP

    This is another nice square in Aix en ProvenceIt is name after the Albertas family a well known clan in the 18C there. The houses that encircled the square were built in 1745 for Jean-Baptiste d'Albertas. it was done following the Parisien squares ,and the fountain was done in 1912. Now in summers ,you have concerts done here, wonderful area,...

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  • Fontaine de la Rotonde, AeP

    another wonderful fountain in Aix en Provence, wonderful cours Mirabeau , something to behold coming in to town.More on it from the city office, the square is 100 meters in diameter built between 1840 and 1850. Finally the fountain was built in 1860 with a high of 12 meters with stones and two basins of lions, dolphins, swans and children, work of...

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  • Fontaine moussue, AeP

    A wonderful unique fountain in my road warrior days in PACA. The wet humid fountain of the Cours Mirabeau ,Aix en Provence.It was built in 1667 the fontaine dite " moussue " is one of three fountains in the cours Mirabeau. It is surrounded by four children holding a vase where the water of the city would come out. Today ,we do not see that ,It has...

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Aix-en-Provence Sports & Outdoors

  • Playing golf, noble game

    I've never thought that it is so interesting. Really, it was an unextected pleasant surprise for me.There is a golf club near La Gard with beautiful green field, flowers are ewverywhere too. Great place for active relaxation. I wish I could repeat it someday. Golf lubs and balls.The full set of golf0clubs consists on 9 clubs for different...

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  • St.Victoire again

    Hiking around and up St.Victoire:For those of you who wish to hike up St.Victoire to the peak, there is no bad time of year for it. I went on a sunny day in January, and stripped to my t-shirt. However, as you may be aware, bad winds can attack you at any time of year, so it might not be a good time to be hanging off the edge when it's windy. And...

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  • Aix-en-Provence Hotels

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Aix-en-Provence Favorites

  • Aix Information Signs

    One nice thing about exploring Aix is that many of the sites of interest are marked with signs that explain important events, buildings, fountains, etc. Although in French, I was able to get a lot of information from these.

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  • The Weather in Aix-en-Provence

    Don't forget to check the Weather before the trip.

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  • General Info

    Tourist Office2, place du Général de Gaulle BP 16013605 Aix-en-Provence Cedex 1- Tel.: (+33) (0)4 42 16 11 61- Fax: (+33) (0)4 42 16 11 62- E. mail: infos@aixenprovencetourism.com- Internet: www.aixenprovencetourism.com

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Village of Gordes
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City of Fountains
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Calanques de Cassis
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Museums
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Cézanne
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Hôtel de Ville
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Eglise Saint-Jean-de-Malte
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Tour de l'Horloge, AeP
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Atelier or studio shop of Cezanne, AeP
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Markets are always fun!
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Mont St Victoire
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Church of the Holy Spirit
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Paul Cezanne
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A wonderful maze of streets
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Rotunda Fountain
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By train between Aix and Marseille
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Musee du Vieil Aix
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Wine Shop on rue d'Italie
Shopping
14th Century Ramparts
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Boar Fountain
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Fountains of the Cours Mirabeau
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Fountain in Forum des Cardeurs
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Walk Past the Numerous 17 and 18 C Hotels of Aix
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See the Church of St. Jean de Malte
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Walk Into the Cloister of St. Sauveur
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See the Baptismal Chamber of the Cathedral
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See the Inside of the Cathedral of St. Sauveur
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Enter the Cathedral of St. Sauveur
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Visit the Hotel de Ville
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The Old Clock Tower
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The Fountain of the Dolphins
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Walk the Entire Cours Mirabeau
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The Tiramisu Was To Die For
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Have a Haircut: Fredeic Fekkai Began Here
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Best poulet frites EVER!!!!!
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Wine tasting
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Good Italian By Owners Of Pizza Stand
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Former Halle aux Grains
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Place de l'Hôtel de Ville by Night
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Tour de l'Horloge
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