20 Unmissable Attractions in Aix-en-Provence

The Pavilion Vendôme in Aix
The Pavilion Vendôme in Aix | © Luca Quadrio/Shutterstock
Alex Ledsom

Art lovers, foodies, and historians can all find something they love about the French city of Aix-en-Provence as well as anyone who just wants to walk the beautiful and historic streets of a very traditional southern French town. Here are 20 of the unmissable attractions in Aix-en-Provence.

1. Musée Granet

Art Gallery, Museum

Cézannes Still Life | © pixelsniper / Flickr
 © pixelsniper / Flickr
Visit the museum that houses a lot of Cézanne’s work (Aix was his hometown and where he lived for much of his life). It also has temporary exhibitions as well as art from the 15th to the 19th centuries.

2. Place d'Albertas

Aix is often called the “city of 1,000 fountains”, and this is one of its most charming and bizarre. The Albertas family built this square complete with phallic shapes around the balconies. The fountain was built much later but in the same style.

Place d’Albertas, 11 Rue Espariat, Aix-en-Provence, France

The Place d’Albertas in Aix | © Ross Helen/Shutterstock

3. Fondation Vasarely

Museum

The foundation of Victor Vasarely is a great avant-garde art museum on the outskirts of Aix. It runs several exhibitions, workshops, and tours.

5. Place des 4 Dauphins

This beautiful fountain is often a good first stop for people on their way to the Musée Granet.

Place des 4 Dauphins, Aix-en-Provence, France

6. Cathédrale Saint Sauveur

Cathedral

The Cathédrale Saint Sauveur
© Kevin George/Shutterstock
The most impressive and biggest cathedral in town, this is where Cézanne’s funeral took place.

7. Cimetière d'Aix

Cemetery

Visit Cézanne’s final resting place in the calm and grand cemetery in the outskirts of Old Town.

8. La Rotonde

8. La Rotonde
© Richard Semik/Shutterstock

The most iconic of all of Aix’s fountains, the Rotonde is also the largest, the most centrally located, and where many meet before a night out or for a coffee.

La Rotonde, Place de la Rotonde, Aix-en-Provence, France

The fountain Rotonde | © Richard Semik/Shutterstock

9. Atelier de Cézanne

Art Gallery

Cézanne’s painting studio, where he painted his beloved Montagne Sainte-Victoire over and over again, has been left just as it was on the day he died.

10. Fontaine du Roi René

King René had a big influence on Aix and his statue at the top of the Cours Mirabeau is where people meet, eat their ice cream, and where dogs cool off in the summer months.

Fontaine du Roi René, Cours Mirabeau, Aix-en-Provence, France

11. Mairie/Town Hall

Building, Market

The Town Hall Square
© Inu/Shutterstock
Aix’s Town Hall isn’t just where the Mayor works and where to find answers to administrative issues: it’s where the flower market takes place, where to people watch in one of the four bars, and where the Americans’ tanks rode through under the bell tower to liberate Aix at the end of World War 2.

12. Pavilion de Vendôme

Museum

This old, aristocratic-family home is now open to the public. Public cinema screenings take place every summer, and it’s where workers go to eat their lunch. Just don’t walk on the grass; it’s forbidden.

13. Place des Trois Ormeaux

13. Place des Trois Ormeaux
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Legend has it that a local made a stand against the ruler of Aix and a tree magically sprang up in the same spot. The trees are still here as are lots of great restaurants who cool their wine in the fountain outside.

Place des Trois Ormeaux, Aix-en-Provence, France

The square des 3 Ormeaux Place des 3 Ormeaux | © ChameleonsEye/Shutterstock

14. Rue d'Italie

This is the foodies’ main street in Aix. It’s full of delis, wine shops, cheese shops, and bakers. There are also restaurants that locals rave about.

Rue d’Italie, Aix-en-Provence, France

15. Place Richelme

Bar, Market

The daily market in Place Richelme
© Aurelien Laforet/Shutterstock

The daily market takes place in this square every day of the year—without exception. Once the market closes at 1 pm, the street sweepers clean everything up and the bar tables go up until past midnight.

Place Richelme, Aix-en-Provence, France

The daily market in Place Richelme | © Aurelien Laforet/Shutterstock

16. Fontaine Moussue

16. Fontaine Moussue
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Covered in moss, this fountain is one of the most beloved in Aix because a warm water source feeds directly into it. It’s great to watch the steam come off during winter.

Fontaine Moussue, Cours Mirabeau, Aix-en-Provence, France

The Fountain Moussue is a favourite in Aix | © Luboslav Tiles/Shutterstock

17. Place des Prêcheurs

This is another central artery in Aix that is currently being pedestrianised into a square surrounding the old courthouse. Another great place to people watch.

Place des Prêcheurs, Aix-en-Provence, France

18. Saint Jean de Malte

Church

The church of Saint Jean de Malte
© Ulrike Habikorn/Shutterstock
Saint Jean de Malte is tucked behind Rue d’Italie next to the Musée Granet. It’s part of Cézanne’s heritage as well as daily Aixois life.

19. Hôtel Caumont

Art Gallery, Building, Museum

Hotel Caumont, Aix-en-Provence | © Renaud Camus / Flickr
© Renaud Camus / Flickr
Hôtel Caumont used to be the town’s Conservatoire before it moved to new facilities. Now, the fully refurbished building houses temporary art exhibitions ranging from Marilyn Monroe photographs to the Italian Renaissance Masters.

20. Parc de la Torse

Park

Walk 10 minutes out of town and find families, joggers, and dog walkers in the Parc de la Torse. It runs along the Torse River, and it is a great place to picnic or take the kids to the playground.
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