Aix-en-Provence

Travel Guide

The former capital of Provence is a city of art and history, and you can discover its charming centre bathed in glorious sunshine.

What you'll enjoy the most in Aix-en-Provence will certainly be walking along the small streets and avenues of its historic centre. You'll discover remarkable houses and fountains, as well as high-street shops and designer boutiques. Another of the city's attractions is its exceptional museums.

Aix-en-Provence was founded under the Roman Empire near thermal springs and to protect Marseilles. It became the residence of the Counts of Provence in the 12th century, making it the capital of the province. A university city and cultural centre since the 15th century, it remains a leading light in the art world today.

Walk along the cours Mirabeau, between the fontaine de la Rotonde and the statue of King René. Here you'll find many remarkable town houses, such as the hôtel Maurel de Pontevès, the oldest, at number 38. Be sure to stop by the fontaine des Neuf-Canons and the amazing warm-water fontaine moussue. You can also admire the many town houses in the quartier Mazarin, named after the eponymous cardinal, south of cours Mirabeau. To the north of cours Mirabeau lies the oldest part of the city. One of its curious features is the particularly narrow rue Esquiche-Coude. Guided tours are arranged by the tourist information office.

Art lovers will be spoilt for choice in Aix-en-Provence. They will surely start by visiting the musée Granet, filled with hundreds of works by some of the most famous painters from the 14th to the 20th century: Rembrandt, Cézanne, Monet, Van Gogh, not to mention Picasso, Dufy, Klee and many other equally illustrious artists. They will then follow in the footsteps of Cézanne by visiting his studio and the bastide du Jas de Bouffan.

How can we talk about Aix-en-Provence without mentioning the calisson? The sweet treat made from almonds and candied melon, flavoured with orange blossom, is truly delicious. You'll find many other regional products at the city's various markets, which are held every morning.

To explore Provence, book a rental car on Expedia's website when booking your hotel. You'll also be able to travel to nearby Marseilles and visit the brand-new MuCEM.

Where to stay in Aix-en-Provence

Golden Tulip Aix en Provence
Golden Tulip Aix en Provence
4 out of 5
The price is Rs7,378 per night from 22 Oct to 22 Oct
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Vasarely Foundation, Grand Theater of Provence and Pavillon Noir. Pavillon de Vendome ...
4.3/5Excellent! (170 reviews)
Comfortable hotel for those travelling by car
"Modern comfortable hotel with an interesting design of the rooms. Very good access by road. Walking distance to the city centre. Breakfast and dinner from the hotel were good. The Covid hygiene measures in place were well applied."

Reviewed on 18 May 2021

Golden Tulip Aix en Provence
Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hotel
Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hotel
5 out of 5
320 Avenue Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, (GPS Address 256 Av Perouse), Aix-en-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone
The price is Rs14,098 per night from 3 Oct to 3 Oct
Located in Couronne Urbaine, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grand Theater of Provence, Pavillon Noir, and Les Allees Provencales. Aix-en-Provence ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (428 reviews)
"pas des prestations dignes d’un 5*, peu de service, propreté qui laisse à désirer, espace piscine moyen"

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2020

Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hotel
Hotel Aquabella
Hotel Aquabella
4 out of 5
The price is Rs11,561 per night from 3 Oct to 3 Oct
Located in Aix-en-Provence Historic Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Saint-Sauveur Cathedral, Aix-en-Provence City Hall and Pavillon ...
4.3/5Excellent! (845 reviews)
"Excellent location Great swimming pool and spa. Friendly staff"

Reviewed on 5 Jul 2021

Hotel Aquabella
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Odalys City Aix en Provence L'Atrium
Odalys City Aix en Provence L'Atrium
3 out of 5
15 Cours Gambetta, Aix-en-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone
The price is Rs6,274 per night from 27 Sep to 27 Sep
Located in Couronne Urbaine, this residence is within a 5-minute walk of Église Saint-Jean-de-Malte and Granet Museum. Place des Quatre-Dauphins and Fontaine ...
3.8/5Good! (462 reviews)
"Helpfull staff. Room fine and well equipped. Would stay again if passing through Aix"

Reviewed on 13 Jan 2020

Odalys City Aix en Provence L'Atrium
Séjours et Affaires Aix en Provence Mirabeau
Séjours et Affaires Aix en Provence Mirabeau
Located in Couronne Urbaine, this residence is steps away from Pavillon Noir, Grand Theater of Provence and Les Allees Provencales. Aix-en-Provence Tourism Office ...
4/5Very Good! (232 reviews)
Everything as described
"It was a relaxing stay, the staffs were extremely friendly and helpful! Room was very clean. Even though I had a room facing the Main Street it was fairly quite at night. Very pleasant stay."

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2020

Séjours et Affaires Aix en Provence Mirabeau
Odalys City Aix en Provence Les Floridianes
Odalys City Aix en Provence Les Floridianes
4 out of 5
The price is Rs7,402 per night from 27 Sep to 27 Sep
Located in Sud, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Aix-en-Provence Tourism Office, Paul Cezanne University and Cours Mirabeau. Pavillon Noir and Statue ...
4.1/5Very Good! (416 reviews)
"Nice hotel, very handy within walking distance to the old town. Rooms very spacious and was great to have a bath."

Reviewed on 24 Oct 2020

Odalys City Aix en Provence Les Floridianes
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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