Aix-en-Provence is the perfect blend of old and new. The stunning architecture gives it an old-world feel, yet there is something vibrant and alive about this city. Perhaps it is all of the college students, or the fountains that are everywhere. It is also a perfect balance of large city with a small-town feel. You have all of the conveniences of a large city, and yet walking through Aix you feel the charming intimacy of a small village. Again, maybe it's the fountains ...
EXPLORE AND EXPERIENCE
There are numerous guides and websites about Aix-en-Provence, so we will just share a few of our favorites that absolutely must not be missed. A local guide is always a great idea, and Cecile from Tours in Provence is our local expert. She offers tours not only in Aix, but all over Provence, and she can create a tour depending on your specific interests.
Le Cours Mirabeau is the long promenade dotted with fountains, and lined with plane trees, cafés, shops and restaurants.
There is a market every day in Richelme's Plaza, but the big Market Day is Saturday. Just stroll to the Place de l'Hotel de Ville or follow the Clock Tower. This is one of my favorite markets in Provence.
Be sure to check out the shop Aix et Terra near the market square to find all kinds of gourmet foods: mustards, tapenades, confits and spreads. Yum.
For those who are gluten-free or just looking for a refreshing juice or smoothie ...
25 rue Bedarrides
maison léonard parli
The "Calisson" is the signature confection of Aix-en-Provence, and the best ones are found at Maison Leonard Parli.
35, avenue Victor Hugo
Stay and Savor
You won't have trouble finding fabulous restaurants or great hotels here.
Le Cezanne **** Chic and trendy, located just steps from the heart of the city, this is an excellent choice. They also have an amazing breakfast!
Close to shops and the main fountain, Renaissance **** is a luxury get-away while still in the city.
A former convent, the Hotel des Augustins *** is full of character and old-world charm. It is centrally located in the city as well.