Those with a taste for the finer things in life will feel at home among the enchanting buildings of this countryside town, in the gorgeously sun-kissed region of Southern France.
Start from the oldest part of Aix-en-Provence – Old Aix – the center of the city's cultural fabric. Here, the simple act of walking down any given street is a visual treat.
Gaze at the beautiful Hôtel d’Albertas, one of the elegant private manors of Aix. These opulent abodes brim with an air of royal sophistication.
After Old Aix, go for a stroll along Cours Mirabeau – a pleasant promenade lined by trees and flanked by old buildings and outdoor cafés. Keep an eye out for this statue of King René.
At the end of Cours Mirabeau, you’ll be able to swing by the iconic Rotunda Fountain (the first of many beautiful fountains you’ll see in Aix).
Don’t miss the photo op at Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur – a beautiful blend of the Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque architecture styles. Its unique look serves as a visual timeline, depicting each era of the city’s history.
There are many ornate fountains to check out in the City of a Thousand Fountains, so get started on your fountains tour! Fend off the warm climate of Aix under the light spray of cool water that comes off some of these fountains.
Although Aix-en-Provence is a city best toured on foot, a fun little mini-tram ride might help you out on your fountains tour.
Right outside Aix, hike up Mont Sainte-Victoire for a postcard view of the entire city. This sun-baked hill was immortalized by seminal French artist Paul Cézanne in his paintings. You can visit his old studio in Aix.
If you don’t have the time for a wine tour of the rolling vineyards of the entire Provence region, just visit the winery at Château La Coste near Aix. Taste some of the best Provençal red wines.
Check out the national heritage site of the Roquefavour Aqueduct – the largest stone aqueduct in the world. It straddles the river Arc, just outside Aix-en-Provence.
Don't miss the Festival international d'Art Lyrique (an important opera festival) which is held at Aix-en-Provence annually. It's known all over France for its stirring opera performances.
Aix is dotted with gourmet restaurants that offer delectable French cuisine for a relaxed, alfresco lunch. And this region’s specialty: the mouth-watering 'Calissons'. So be sure to grab a few of these confections for your friends back home!