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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.