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