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20 Unmissable Attractions in Aix-en-Provence

The Pavilion Vendôme in Aix | © Luca Quadrio/Shutterstock
The Pavilion Vendôme in Aix | © Luca Quadrio/Shutterstock
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.

Musée Granet

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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.
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12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Wed:
12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Thu:
12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Fri:
12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Sat:
12:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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,

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

Fondation Vasarely

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The foundation of Victor Vasarely is a great avant-garde art museum on the outskirts of Aix. It runs several exhibitions, workshops, and tours. Fondation Vasarely, 1 Avenue Marcel Pagnol, Aix-en-Provence, France, +33 (0)4 42 20 01 09
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Cours Mirabeau

It’s often called the most beautiful street in Aix, and it has been one of the city’s focal points since the 12th century. It’s the main boulevard and the heart of the town.

Cours Mirabeau, Aix-en-Provence, France

The Cours Mirabeau | © Christian Mueller/Shutterstock

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

Cathédrale Saint Sauveur

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The Cathédrale Saint Sauveur
The Cathédrale Saint Sauveur | © Kevin George/Shutterstock
The most impressive and biggest cathedral in town, this is where Cézanne’s funeral took place.
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8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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8:00 am - 7:00 pm

La Rotonde

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

Atelier de Cézanne

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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. Atelier de Cézanne, 9 Avenue Paul Cézanne, Aix-en-Provence, France, +33 (0)4 42 21 06 53
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9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Mon:
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Mon:
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tue:
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Tue:
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wed:
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Wed:
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Thu:
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Thu:
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Fri:
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fri:
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sat:
9:30 am - 6:00 pm

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.

Mairie/Town Hall

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The Town Hall Square
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.
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8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Pavilion de Vendôme

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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.
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10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Mon:
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Mon:
1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Wed:
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Wed:
1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Thu:
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Thu:
1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Fri:
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Fri:
1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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1:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Place des Trois Ormeaux

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

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

Place Richelme

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

Fontaine Moussue

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,

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

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

Hôtel Caumont

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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.
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm