Whether you want to stay in the centre of Aix-en-Provence or head to the hills nearby, this historic town boasts plenty of great Airbnbs for every budget. From shepherd’s huts to villas with a view, Culture Trip has picked the nine best Airbnbs in Aix-en-Provence.
Chill out at this cute workshop in the heart of Aix-en-Provence
Courtyard Workshop, Aix-en-Provence, France | Courtesy of Stéphanie / Airbnb
This little redesigned workshop in the centre of Aix-en-Provence represents the best of both worlds with its peaceful yet central location. The Airbnb is situated behind an old archway on a main boulevard in the Old Town, but despite its proximity to the heart of the action, its sleepy courtyard leads on to a space that offers a real sense of tranquillity – perfect after a busy day exploring Aix-en-Provence. Like many apartments in Provence, this Airbnb makes the most of its high ceilings with a mezzanine-level bedroom above the kitchen, from which you can see the greenery in the courtyard as you lie in bed.
Book a night in this shepherd’s hut, a wooden caravan on wheels that is pitched just to the south of Aix-en-Provence, for a truly unique stay in the area. While you’ll need a car to reach the town itself, this is still a wonderful location for exploring the area, and especially for a trip to the Saint-Victoire mountain, which is perhaps best known for featuring regularly in French painter Cézanne’s artworks. The hut is located in the Airbnb owner’s large garden and is a haven of calm, with guests’ privacy ensured.
This cool eco-lodge is only a 10-minute drive outside Aix-en-Provence. The Airbnb has a fully-equipped bathroom with a water purification system to ensure its green credentials, and guests can enjoy fresh eggs from the chickens that live on site as well as vegetables from the nearby plot. The sleepy village of Éguilles is not very far from the lodge and is ideal for picking up essentials.
Housed inside a large villa in the middle of the countryside, this independent suite is located just north of Aix-en-Provence. Airbnb guests can use the pool, which is shared with the owners – a real delight for anyone visiting during the South of France’s long, hot summer days. The apartment has a lovely terrace with a view and its interior is stylish, with a bathroom with a walk-in shower just off the bedroom.
It can be difficult to find somewhere in Aix-en-Provence with a pool that’s in a good location and also suits those on budget. Luckily, this Airbnb is sister to a much bigger house nearby, with which it shares a pool and outside space. It is also incredibly central and just a few minutes’ walk from Le Saint-Sauveur, Aix-en-Provence’s famous cathedral, making it a great jumping-off point to explore Aix’s Old Town.
Shepherd’s huts on wheels are a good option for a place to stay in the South of France with plenty of character and this Airbnb certainly has that, with its upmarket furnishings and exquisitely designed interior. The hut is completely isolated in the hills near Aix-en-Provence with no immediate neighbour and such chic furnishings that you might not want to leave. In addition to Aix-en-Provence itself, several small towns are a short drive away, but there’s also a hammock hanging in the olive trees surrounding the hut should you choose to while away the day enjoying the outdoor space.
Arguably the most quintessential places to stay in Provence are picturesque old country houses with shutters and plenty of outside space. This gorgeous villa offers just that and more with its authentic decor, swimming pool, large table for eating al fresco and views overlooking both the wild countryside and the Sainte-Victoire mountain. In fact, in 1958, Picasso chose to buy a house down the road and is said to have exclaimed that he was happy to finally live beside the mountain so beloved by Cézanne.
This modern, luxury villa is big enough for a party, smart enough for a weekend escape among friends and decadent enough for a brilliant pool party in the South of France. The house itself is magnificent enough alone, but it is the huge pool that makes this place really exceptional. Lounge around the pool with a cocktail in hand or find some inflatables for end-to-end races.
For a modern space in the centre of the Old Town in Aix-en-Provence, this air-conditioned house is perfect. It is set on three floors and is fully kitted out, even featuring a mini plunge pool for hot summer days. There’s a daily fruit and vegetable market in nearby Place Richelme, which is great for trying (and buying) fresh cheeses, meats and seafood, or even some lavender honey to take back and enjoy in the glass-ceiling modern kitchen.