Top 10 Things to do in Aix-en-Provence, France

August 10, 2017 Emerita Lamoureux

Aix, a graceful, lively city, is known for its thermal hot springs, art schools and universities. Wander the Cours, old town and Quartier Mazarin on foot, stopping at cafés, bookstores and markets. Kids whining? Have them count fountains… Aix reportedly has 1,000 of them.
Restaurants in Aix-en-Provence

1. Site Memorial du Camp des Milles

40 chemin de la Badesse | 13547 Aix-en-Provence, 13547 Les Milles, Aix-en-Provence, France +33 4 42 39 17 11
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4.5 based on 388 reviews

Site Memorial du Camp des Milles

Reviewed By fabulous23 - Leiden

Whenever you are in the neighborhood of Aix en Provence or Marseille please visit Camp des Milles. A well equipped experience, lots of information (maybe too much but make your choices), a wonderful setting by designing the museum in the original habitat.
Divided into three parts: the explanation of how World War II could run up, the period of the camp during the war and the reflection for today and tomorrow. Despite the grieve and sadness of the subject it is brought in a realistic way with food for thought.
A must see!!

2. Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre

3 rue Joseph Cabassol, 13100, Aix-en-Provence, France +33 4 42 20 70 01
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre

Just a few steps from the Cours Mirabeau, a new Arts Centre is opening its doors in the Hotel de Caumont, a fully restored private mansion from the 18th century. Two major temporary Exhibitions per year dedicated to great names in the history of art, as well as a diverse programme of events, makeCaumont a major cultural institution in Aix-en-Provence. The film > shown continuously every day in the auditorium presents the artist's journey and his passion for Aix-en-Provence and its region. The visit of the private mansion immerses you in the refined atmosphere of this exceptional venue, from the cour d'honneur to the Gardens, passing through the historic rooms. The carefully furnished and decorated rooms reveal daily life at the time of Pauline, marquise de Caumont, one of the most famous owners of the mansion in the 18th century. The private Gardens of the mansion, fully refurbished in the spirit of the site, offer over 1000 m² of peaceful space decorated with Fountains,flowerbeds bordered by boxwood, and large vases of flowers.

Reviewed By Foodymme - Malta

Worth a visit .. excellent gallery exhibits ... Picasso... Cezanne.other works by Le Plaque And Kosta ...

3. Vieil Aix

La Rotonde, 13100, Aix-en-Provence, France +33 4 42 16 11 61
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Vieil Aix

Reviewed By Patrick L - Vandoeuvres, Switzerland

Quaint little city, especially the old town. Which is nearly only pedestrian by the way. Just a lot of road works by now (October 2017). Very hard to find a tank-station around and a lot of buildings needing repairs. 2 days are enough to see nearly the whole. Some beggars in the street at churches' entrances. Relaxed people, good atmosphere.

4. Terrain des Peintres (Painters Park)

Aix-en-Provence, France
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4.5 based on 150 reviews

Terrain des Peintres (Painters Park)

Reviewed By Mirdza - Amsterdam

Honestly - I don't know why they don't advertise this place at the tourist information! I thought it is really magical, despite the fact that I am not the biggest admirer of Cezanne's work. It's some 20 Minutes walk from the downtown, it goes uphill but it isn't too steep. There are signs on the road saying Terrain des Peintres, so it is easy to find. From there you can also see the famous Monte Ste Victoire which is rather inaccessible by public transport.

5. Cathedrale St. Sauveur

Place des Martyrs de la Resistance, Aix-en-Provence, France +33 4 42 23 45 65
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4.5 based on 724 reviews

Cathedrale St. Sauveur

Reviewed By fjmccarl - Bluffton, South Carolina

You can see three distinct periods in this building, Roman, French and Gothic. Once inside the Baptistery is a must see, the old Roman columns from the temple are still holding us the roof, it is quite nice. The church is quite lovely and peaceful

6. Chateau La Coste en Provence

2750 route de la Cride, 13610 Le Puy-Sainte-Reparade, Aix-en-Provence, France +33 4 42 61 92 92
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4.5 based on 619 reviews

Chateau La Coste en Provence

Restaurant Vineyard Art and Architecture Walk Wine Tastings Open daily, all year round 10am-7pm.

Reviewed By Cuthbertbury

A visit for lunch and an amble around the grounds to view some of the art on display. Some spectacular exhibits and some slightly odd stuff, but art is subjective so, no matter. Lunch was superb, served politely and lacked for nothing. We will go back again.

7. Cours Mirabeau

Aix-en-Provence, France
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Cours Mirabeau

Reviewed By hiritos - Nice

This is the cute place to walk around with plenty of stores and cafes, restaurants. Must go area in Aix en Provence.

8. Aix en Provence Tourist Office

300 avenue Giuseppe Verdi | Les allées provençales, 13100, Aix-en-Provence, France +33 4 42 16 11 61
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4 based on 475 reviews

Aix en Provence Tourist Office

Reviewed By BigHugh51 - Adelaide, Australia

We were visiting the town on a very hot Saturday as part of a guided tour. We had been given some free time at the end of our guided tour to wander through the inner part of the town by ourselves. The town was crowded with tourists and locals and when we stopped at the tourist office for some brochures and information, it was very busy.
Despite the large number of visitors waiting to be assisted, our enquiry was dealt with after waiting for only a short time, due to the efficiency of the office's staff.
This office provides accurate and helpful information for tourists. There is a range of brochures which can be collected on a "serve yourself" basis.
Very much worth a visit if you are in need of tourist advice in relation to this beautiful town and its region.

9. Granet Museum

Place Saint Jean de Malte | photo not Granet Museum, 13100, Aix-en-Provence, France +33 4 42 52 88 32
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4 based on 1 reviews

Granet Museum

Named after famous local painter François Marius Granet, this museum houses a collection of French paintings from the 16th century on.

Reviewed By Arcoman - Sweden

The collections seems mainly to be based on a major donation from the 19th century. In my eyes, there were no outstanding pieces or particular areas covered. Signs only in French.
October 2017 brought a temporary exhibition of pieces by Cezanne. This is well worth a visit, it was unclear to me how much will remain on display after the end of the exhibition, April 1st 2018.

10. Site Granet XXe, Collection Jean Planque

Rue Marechal Joffre, 13100, Aix-en-Provence, France +33 4 42 52 88 32
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5 based on 54 reviews

Site Granet XXe, Collection Jean Planque

Reviewed By Arcoman - Sweden

This XVIIth century church houses a fine collection brought together by the Swiss autodidact art expert Jean Planque. Highlights include a number of Picassos.
What makes the museum stand out - other than the collection per se - is the beautiful building restored for the purpose of housing the collection and the story of monsieur Planque which is told in a very engaging way on posters and the excellent audioguide.
Well worth about two hours. Sundays are free of charge. Make sure to get an audioguide for good background stories.

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