Aix-en-Provence is the historical capital town of the Provence - a town filled with picturesque cobbled streets, golden stone facades and well established markets. Often referred to as the 'town of a thousand fountains' (as it does indeed, have 1000 fountains), Aix-en-Provence is famous for its inspiration to many artists such as Monet, Granet and Cézanne.
It lies approximately one and a half hours drive north westwards of Résidence Les Marronniers and is therefore ideally suited as a day trip destination.
The center of Aix-en-Provence is the vieille ville, ringed by a circle of boulevards and squares. In this old town there are some magnificent old architectural and historical sites, as well as museums, markets and shops. This area is small enough to explore on foot; however, take a good pair of walking shoes with you.
Although, you could spend several days sight-seeing in Aix-en-Provence, we suggest that you take the time to visit at least the following locations:
The heart of Aix-en-Provence is a beautiful tree-lined avenue with terrace cafes where customers sit under the shade of huge Plane trees. The trees, planted in 1830, and the incessant gushing of the fountains are like milestones along the road and give it a unique atmosphere of freshness.
The Quartier Mazarin is the area south of the Cours Mirabeau. This area, filled with 17th century town houses, was built between 1646 and 1651 by the Archbishop Mazarin. The Granet Museum, Paul Arbaud Museum and the 13th century Eglise St-Jean-de-Malte are in this area and are very worthy of a visit.
Fontaine des Quatre Dauphins
In the heart of the pedestrian center lies Place des Quatre Dauphins and the fountain of the same name, erected in 1667, was designed by Rambot. Four dolphins, each looking around a mysteriously inscribed obelisk, leap above a small circular pond filled with clear water.
The Thermes Sextius (or 'Sextius Baths') in the northwest corner of the town are 18th century hot water baths set in a large tree-shaded park. This is near the site of the original Roman spa, which was large enough to attract visitors to the area 2000 years ago.
Blog Posts about Aix-en-Provence
To learn more about Aix-en-Provence, her history, cultures and traditions, please take a look at the following entries in the Provence Blog:
- Aix-en-Provence opera festival
- Provence Hideaway's guide to Aix-en-Provence
- New director of Aix-en-Provence outlines ambitious plans
- Paul Cézanne in Aix-en-Provence
- Modern opera usurps Mozart in Aix-en-Provence
- Festival d'Aix-en-Provence
- Travel report from Aix-en-Provence
- Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Monaco
- Mummified remains found in Aix-en-Provence
- Boudu - New movie set in Aix-en-Provence
New posts that point to interesting articles about the Provence and her surrounding area are added to the blog on a daily basis.
Further Information about Aix-en-Provence
For more information, please contact Office de Tourisme (see below). They will be only too pleased to assist you further and to send you tourist information via snail mail.
Office de Tourisme
2, place du Général de Gaulle