aix en provence

Tourism in Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence, city of water and city of art of the Bouches-du-Rhône department, offers visitors the possibility to discover the works of Cézanne, but also of many other artists in the various museums, foundations and cultural spaces of the city such as the Musée Granet, The Gallifet Hotel, the museum of old Aix, the Hôtel de Caumont, the Atelier de Cézanne, the Pavillon Vendôme… As you stroll through the narrow streets of Aix-en-Provence, you can admire the various fountains, built between the 15th and 19th centuries. The Fountain of the Preachers, the Fountain of the Tanners, the Fountain of the Four Dolphins, etc. have become real monuments in the city.

The mansions are also an integral part of the tourist heritage of Aix-en-Provence. Dating from the 17th century, they are representative of the history of the Aix nobility, particularly in the Mazarin district. As you walk in front of the buildings, you can appreciate the beauty of the facades and doors of the Hôtel d’Agut, the Hôtel de Gastaud, the Hôtel Bonnet de la Baume, the Hôtel de Forbin, etc. Aix-en-Provence is full of architectural treasures and historical monuments, remains of the past and we invite you to discover the Saint-Sauveur cathedral and its cloister.

Capital of Provence, the city of a thousand fountains makes it a point of honor to perpetuate customs during traditional holidays such as Christmas, for example. It is also a good opportunity to learn about local gastronomy. On market days, you can take the opportunity to meet the producers on their colorful stalls. To discover all the richness of the Pays d’Aix, take the hiking trails that may take you to the Sainte-Victoire mountain.

Atelier de Cézanne

The Atelier de Cézanne (Cézanne’s studio) was the artist’s privileged place during the last four years of his life. He decided to settle in the Aix-en-Provence countryside, on the Lauves hill, to paint his childhood landscapes such as the Sainte-Victoire mountain, an inexhaustible source of inspiration. The studio tries to recreate the working atmosphere that reigned with some of the painter’s works, his personal objects, documents, materials, easels, paintings, work clothes… The studio is part of the Cézanne sites in Aix-en-Provence alongside the Bastide du Jas de Bouffan, Cézanne’s cottage, the Bibémus Quarries and Cézanne’s house at L’Estaque in Marseille.

Hôtel de Caumont

Located in the Mazarin district, the aristocratic district of the city, the Hôtel de Caumont is composed of a courtyard, a dwelling and a garden. It characterizes the French architecture of the 18th century and is today listed as a historical monument. Former private mansion which hosted the Aix high society for memorable parties, the owners succeeded one another, it then became the National Conservatory of Music and Dance Darius Milhaud before opening its doors to the public as an art center named “Caumont Centre d’Art,” for temporary exhibitions and visits to the apartments.

Saint-Sauveur Cathedral

The Saint-Sauveur Cathedral is listed as a historical monument. It has three naves of different styles: Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque which represent the evolution of construction between the 5th and 18th centuries. The building is attached to its cloister. It is made up of four galleries and exudes tranquility. Built by canons of the cathedral, it consists of semicircular arches resting on columns. On the four main columns, you can see one of the four living creatures of the apocalypse: the man, the lion, the eagle and the bull.

Le Cours Mirabeau

The Cours Mirabeau, which measures 440 meters long, is one of the city’s emblems. It connects the Mazarin district to the south and the old town to the north. It is the most frequented, and the most lively place in Aix-en-Provence. All along the Cours Mirabeau, lined with plane trees, there are four fountains, including the Fontaine du Roi René. You can go there to stroll around, admire the facades of the buildings or sit on the terrace of a café or restaurant and enjoy the sun of Provence.

D’Albertas Fountain

The D’Albertas fountain was installed on the square of the same name during the 19th century. Redone identically in 1912 following cracks, students of the Arts et Métiers school of Aix-en-Provence created a cast iron bowl for it. The square was built on the initiative of the D’Albertas family, one of the most important in the city in the 18th century. They decided to enhance the entrance of their private mansion using the model of the Parisian royal squares.

Practical information

  • Tourist Office of Aix-en-Provence: https://www.aixenprovencetourism.com/
  • Road service: A8 Highway (from Cannes, Nice or Menton), A51 Highway (from Marseille or Sisteron), A7/A6 Highways (from Avignon, Lyon or Paris), A52/A50 Highways (from Aubagne or Toulon), A54 Highway (from Arles, Nîmes or Montpellier)
  • Air access: Marseille Provence Airport (25 minutes)
  • Railroad access: TGV station (15 minutes)