The 9 Best Airbnbs in Aix-en-Provence, France

The historic town of Aix-en-Provence offers charming Airbnbs for every budget
The historic town of Aix-en-Provence offers charming Airbnbs for every budget | Courtesy of Hugues / Airbnb
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20 August 2020

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 rounds up the nine best in this corner of the South of France.

Cute workshop in the Old Town

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This little redesigned workshop in the centre of Aix-en-Provence represents the best of both worlds with its peaceful yet central location. Sleeping four, 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.

Peaceful shepherd's hut near Sainte-Victoire mountain

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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 Sainte-Victoire mountain, which is perhaps best known for featuring regularly in French painter Cézanne’s artworks. The one-bedroom hut is located in the Airbnb owner’s large garden and is a haven of calm, with guests’ privacy ensured.

Ecological Greenhouse in Les Parons

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This snug one-bedroom eco-lodge is only a 10-minute drive from 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 far from the lodge and is ideal for picking up essentials.

Countryside villa with a swimming pool

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Housed inside a large villa in the middle of the countryside, this independent one-bedroom 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.

Old mansion house in the town centre

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Embrace town centre luxury in an old mansion house, Aix, France
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A central location doesn’t have to mean sacrificing the finer things, thanks to this mansion on Cours Mirabeau, the town’s coolest and most beautiful street. Built in 1655, its high ceilings, huge windows and magnificent balconies scream high society, and that’s before we mention the multiple chandeliers hanging throughout the living spaces, corridors and bedrooms. With three queen-size beds, air conditioning and access to a spa, this luxurious suite is as relaxing as it is decadent.

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  • Boho-chic shepherd's hut in the hills

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    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. Sleeping two, the hut is completely isolated in the hills near Aix-en-Provence with no immediate neighbour and so chic 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.

    Luxury villa overlooking Sainte-Victoire mountain

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    Picturesque old country houses with shutters and plenty of outside space are quintessentially Provence. With room for up to nine guests, 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.

    Country house with private pool

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    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 it with a cocktail in hand or find some inflatables for end-to-end races with up to 15 of your friends.

    Stylish townhouse in central Aix

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    For a modern space in the centre of the Old Town in Aix-en-Provence, this air-conditioned house is perfect. With large living and dining areas, as many as eight guests are able to fit comfortably across five plush bedrooms, making it ideal for families as well as groups. Meanwhile, it also boasts an outdoor terrace – barbecue included – as well as a private mini plunge pool to keep you cool on a hot summer’s day. There’s even the option of accessing a beautiful Steinway piano if there’s a musician amongst your posse. With all of these home comforts, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that it’s only a short walk from the centre of town.

    Gethin Morgan contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on August 20, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.