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Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence is a city of refined elegance on show in its constantly bustling streets and squares, colorful festivals and traditions, Provençal markets - all in a favorable and mild climate.

Home to Paul Cezanne, Aix is also known for its open-air markets, architecture and pedestrian walkways. One should definitely stroll along Cours Mirabeau, under the shade of the distinctively Provençal plane trees, to enjoy the 18th century mansions, upscale boutiques and a few of the fountains Aix is famous for. Be sure to try ‘calissons’, a confection made from almonds and crystalized melon - an Aix specialty.

AREAS OF INTEREST

Cathedral in Aix-en-Provence

In the Footsteps of Cezanne: Self-guided walking tour with maps available at the tourist information center La Rotunde traffic circle, 300 Avenue Giuseppe Verdi

Cathedrale d’Aix-en-Provence: Fantastic architecture and beautiful stained glass windows.

Nearby village of Vauvenargues: Go for a hike at the foot of Mt. Saint Victoire, then stop for lunch over-looking Picasso’s castle.

WEEKLY MARKET & SUPERMARKETS

WEEKLY MARKET occurs daily from Monday to Saturday.

The best days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Anything can be bought in these large and diverse markets!

SUPERMARKET options include:

Monoprix

  • Open Monday through Saturday from 8:30am to 9:00pm and Sunday from 9:00am to 12:30pm.
  • 27 cours Mirabeau.

Carrefour la Pioline

  • Open Monday through Saturday from 9:00am to 10:00pm. Closed Sunday.
  • 7 km from Aix

Note that many grocery stores are closed Sunday and Monday, or have limited hours on Sunday mornings.

RESTAURANTS

Restaurant La Villa Gallici

There are about 500 restaurants in Aix-en-Provence. Here are a few notable ones:

Please note that most restaurants in Provence do not open until 7:30 in the evening. Reservations are needed in the high season, especially for groups.

WINERIES & VINEYARDS

There are no wineries close to Aix because the vines need lots of open countryside to thrive! Not to worry, there is plenty of wine for sale in Aix and specialized shops for enthusiasts. We recommend Nicolas, as it has three locations:

  • Nicolas: 5 Rue Maréchal Foch
  • Nicolas: 105 Avenue Giuseppe Verdi
  • Nicolas: 41 rue d’Italie

Other nearby vineyards and wineries include:

Château Paradis
Route de Pertuis, 13610 Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade
20 km from Aix

Château Lacoste
2750 Route de la Cride
13610 Le Puy Sainte Réparade
20 km from Aix

Château Grand boise
1536 Chemin de Grisole, 13530 Trets
25km from Aix

Château Val Joanis
chemin Val de Joanis, 84120 Pertuis
23 km from Aix

Château Simone
Chemin de la Simone 13590 Meyreuil
10 km from Aix

Domaine de la Brillane 
195, Route de Couteron, 13100 Aix en Pce
10 km from Aix

Most wineries are closed on Sundays and during lunch hours.

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