France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   What to See & Do in Aix-en-Provence
A center of art and culture for centuries, Aix-en-Provence is a charming city to visit.

 
   

 

Aix-en-Provence is just 32 kilometers (20 miles) north of Marseille, and easily reachable (map) by car, train, or bus. If you drive, once there you'll want to park the car and walk through this charming small city.

The center of town focuses on the Cours Mirabeau, a beautiful wide boulevard with lots of plantings and fountains. More...

Be sure to wander off of the Cours Mirabeau and enjoy some of the beautiful architecture on the side streets of the old city. You'll see many decorative doorways and archways, some dating from the 17th century, particularly in the old Quartier Mazarin. Over 160 stately homes, built between the 16th and 18th centuries, tell the story of the evolution of architecture in Aix.

Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) is perhaps the most famous citizen of Aix-en-Provence. The walking tour, In the Steps of Cézanne takes you to some important landmarks in his life. More...

The Large Bathers, Aix-en-Provence
The Large Bathers, by Cézanne.

Aix-en-Provence also has a number of beautiful churches, the most famous of which is the Cathédrale St-Sauveur and the Cloisters of the same name. More...

  Detail of a doorway, Aix-en-Provence, France
  Detail over a door
in Aix-en-Provence.

And as a center of art and culture, Aix-en-Provence also boasts a variety of museums, ranging from fine arts to history to tapestries. More...

Aix-en-Provence is also a good base for visiting the beautiful Provençal countryside. You can see the Montagne Sainte-Victoire, often painted by Cézanne as well as other interesting châteaux and natural features.

Aix-en-Provence is just 77 kilometers (48 miles), or about an hour's drive, from Arles; and 89 kilometers (55 miles) from Avignon. The drives are lovely, passing through other small Provençal towns and villages.


About Aix-en-Provence

Aix Tourist Information

Aix Museums

Cours Mirabeau

Cezanne's Studio

St-Sauveur

About Provence

 

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Cloister, St-Sauveur, Aix-en-Provence, France

Above, The lovely Cloister of St-Sauveur Cathedral, Aix-en-Provence.

 

Aix-en-Provence, France
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