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With an average of 300 days of sunshine each year, there are also many opportunities for outdoor activities in Aix-en-Provence. Explore the bucolic surrounding countryside on foot or by bicycle, pack a picnic for a drive along La Route Cézanne with its stunning mountain viewpoints, or venture south to the magnificent beaches of the Côte d'Azur.
Also among the many reasons to go to Aix-en-Provence is the annual Aix-en-Provence Festival, a series of al fresco opera and classical music performances held over the course of three weeks each July. Whatever it is that brings you to this idyllic corner of southern France, Accor offers a wide choice of hotels to suit every stay.
Best Things to Do in Aix-en-Provence
Aix-en-Provence is an eminently walkable city, with an atmospheric old town defined by its most famous boulevard, the Cours Mirabeau. Dappled by sunlight filtering through a canopy of plane trees, this gracious thoroughfare is lined with bohemian pavement cafés, where Cézanne and his contemporaries once rubbed shoulders over glasses of pastis. After dining al fresco, set out on a stroll to the boulevard's illuminated, sculpture-filled Fontaine de la Rotonde.
The many architectural styles of Aix-en-Provence city centre can be admired simultaneously at the landmark Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur. With construction taking place between the 5th and 18th centuries, the cathedral's three interior naves date to the Romanesque, Gothic and baroque periods respectively. It is also a repository for religious artworks, including the magnificent "Triptych of the Burning Bush" by revered Early Renaissance artist Nicolas Froment.
Aix-en-Provence Museums and Galleries
Art lovers are spoiled for choice in Aix-en-Provence. Must-see attractions include Cézanne's Studio, the atelier-turned-museum-and-gallery where the painter produced most of his later pieces. A number of the Post-Impressionist's most famous paintings can also be seen at Musée Granet, a respected art museum serving as a catalogue of European icons with works by the likes of Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso and Matisse.
To discover a fabulous collection of 17th- and 18th-century portraits, visit the ornamental ducal home known as Pavillon de Vendôme; or, attend a fine-art exhibition at one of the city's grandest hôtel particuliers, Hôtel de Caumont. Both buildings are masterpieces in their own right, filled with an exceptional array of period furniture and objets d'art. If your tastes are more contemporary, you'll love Fondation Vasarely, a somewhat hallucinogenic tribute to the work of optical illusionist Victor Vasarely, located to the west of the city centre.
Food and Drink to Try in Aix-en-Provence
Aix-en-Provence cuisine is influenced by an abundance of high-quality herbs and olive oils. In fact, the city produces an olive oil classified by its own Appellation d'Origine Protégée (AOP), with a rich flavour that underpins many of the local specialities served at the best restaurants in Aix-en-Provence. Amongst these are grenouilles à la Provençale (grilled frogs' legs), boeuf en daube (a traditional beef stew) and pieds paquets (stewed lamb's feet stuffed with tripe). Olive oil-based products ranging from tapenades to an anchovy purée known as anchoïade are staples at the city's lively farmers' markets – which also sell fresh bread, fragrant cheeses, charcuterie and fruit for the best DIY brunch in Aix-en-Provence.
If you have a taste for the sweeter things in life, don't miss out on another local delicacy: calissons d'Aix. These leaf-shaped pastries are crafted from a paste of melon confit, orange zest and ground almonds topped with icing, and make the perfect post-dinner petit fours. For a more traditional digestif, try one of Provence's many specialty liqueurs. These range from anise-flavoured pastis to picon, an orange-flavoured bitter apéritif invented by Gaétan Picon, who learned his craft as an apprentice in an Aix-en-Provence distillery. Wines from the Côteaux d'Aix-en-Provence appellation also feature heavily in the city's best bars – to sample them at their source, visit historic local wine estate Château La Coste.
Best Hotels in Aix-en-Provence, France
Trying to decide where to stay in Aix-en-Provence? Accor offers a diverse portfolio of accommodations to suit all tastes and budgets. For anyone travelling with kids, an Aix-en-Provence hotel with a pool, dedicated family rooms with multiple beds, and a tranquil location in a leafy district on the outskirts of town. For those who prefer to be at the heart of the action, an Aix-en-Provence hotel near the old town, offering apartments with different numbers of bedrooms for longer, self-catered stays.
Planning a romantic break? Choose a lovely boutique hotel in Aix-en-Provence centre for walking distance proximity to the Cours Mirabeau and a range of luxury hotel amenities – including a heated outdoor pool and a terrace restaurant specialising in Provençal delicacies. Alternatively, many of our hotels are geared towards corporate travellers, offering coworking space in Aix-en-Provence with dedicated meeting rooms, business centres and free WiFi.
How to Visit Aix-en-Provence
Marseille, Aix-en-Provence's closest neighbour, is roughly 40 minutes away by car. The city also has good road connections to the rest of the country, with Paris accessible in around 7.5 hours. If you don't plan on driving, city-centre train station Gare d'Aix-en-Provence is your go-to for regional TER routes. For high-speed, long-distance journeys, head to Aix-en-Provence TGV station, situated 16 kilometres southwest of the city near Cabriès. A regular shuttle service runs between the TGV station and the city's central bus station.
Alternatively, the region is also serviced by Marseille Provence Airport, located roughly halfway between Aix-en-Provence and Marseille on the shores of the Étang de Berre lagoon. Many different airlines offer direct flights to and from major destinations across Europe and North Africa – in fact, it is one of the busiest French airports outside Paris.