Fashion, decoration, luxury and delicacies place Aix-en-Provence among the top shopping destinations. Great names in fashion and elegance can be found in the Old Town and big brands in the new Allées Provençales district.
If you fancy a spot of rest and relaxation, the Thermes Sextius roman baths, now converted into a spa complex, are situated just next door. www.thermes-sextius.com
Before heading up to the heights of Aix to visit the Cézanne studio, don’t miss a stop-off in the aristocratic Mazarin quarter, home to the magnificent “Musée Granet” and the entirely restored Hotel de Caumont.
Musée Granet is known as one of the finest museums in France, with its collections of 14th to 20th-century art, works by Rembrandt, Ingres, Cézanne and the Meyer donation “from Cézanne to Giacometti.” It regularly organizes major exhibitions. The museum expanded with the restoration of the White Penitents’ Chapel, located just 200 metres away, which now houses the splendid Suzanne and Jean Planque collection. Thus, Granet XX includes some 300 paintings, drawings and sculptures from the Impressionists and post-Impressionists (Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, Degas) to major 20th century artists (Bonnard, Rouault, Picasso, Braque, Dufy, Léger, Klee, De Staël…).
Cézanne lovers will be delighted to discover the districts and places he lived in by following the copper rivets stamped with a “C” marking out the In “Cézanne’s Footsteps” walking itinerary!