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Transparence by Francis Picabia, whose work will be displayed in Aix-en-Provence this spring | © cea+/Flickr
Transparence by Francis Picabia, whose work will be displayed in Aix-en-Provence this spring | © cea+/Flickr
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Reasons to Visit Aix-en-Provence, France in Spring

Picture of Alex Ledsom
Updated: 19 February 2018
There are lots of reasons to visit Aix-en-Provence, the city of 1000 fountains, other than the weather, architecture, cobbled streets of Old Town and great dining options. In Spring 2018, there are some great events taking place that provide a few more reasons to visit.
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Opera while you eat at the Hotel Caumont

The Hotel Caumont is one of the jewels of Aix’s museum scene. It was the town’s conservatoire and was recently refurbished to become a private museum (the music school moved to a purpose-built premises a few streets away). It now has a permanent museum about Cézanne as well as one other temporary exhibition, like Picasso. The highlight is really the building though. With its beautifully manicured gardens (great for taking a book to read in) and sumptuous-looking restaurant, the bricks and mortar of this 18th century mansion are on show here. Throughout Spring 2018 there are operatic dinners, where you can dine to live opera. Or maybe have a little jazz on the terrace on Saturday nights.

Hôtel Caumont, 3 Rue Joseph Cabassol, Aix-en-Provence, France, +33 (0)4 42 20 70 01

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The building of Hotel Caumont which is as impressive as the art inside | © Jean-Louis/Flickr

Participate in C’est Sud Cultural Festival, for free

C’est Sud offers a huge range of different events throughout the streets and buildings of Aix-en-Provence in dance, theatre, music, arts, crafts, circus and singing. It takes place over three days during the weekend of Pentecost (the seventh Sunday after Easter), and unlike other festivals, it’s completely free. It offers a great atmosphere and because there’s so much going on, there’s something for everyone.

Romeo and Juliette at the Ballet Preljocaj

Aix-en-Provence has one of the most renowned ballet companies — the Ballet Preljocaj. This Spring, among other things, it’s performing Romeo and Juliette.

The purpose-built ballet building
The purpose-built ballet building | © Benjamin Réthoré/Flickr

Soak up the music at the Easter Music Festival

From March 26 to April 8, Aix-en-Provence will play host to all the big names in classical music for its annual Easter Festival. Both French and Russian National Orchestras and the London Symphony Orchestra lead the programme which includes Bach, Debussy and Mozart.

Picasso Picabia exhibition at the Musée Granet

From June 9 to September 23, the Musée Granet is celebrating two modernist painters — Picasso, who lived along the French Riviera, and Francis Picabia. The exhibition is part of the much wider Picasso Mediterranée exhibition that is taking place from 2017 to 2019 across 60 different institutions celebrating Picasso’s work.

Work by Francis Picabia is on show this Spring at the Musée Granet