The Bravade Calendale

Aix en Provence - Parade - Dates and program to be confirmed - Free

The Bravade celebrates the winter solstice (St John the Evangelist), the longest night of the year. St John's Day is very close to Christmas and celebrates the journey into the new year with lots of music and dancing. The event also celebrates the tradition of offerings: on Christmas Day, groups of musicians used to visit local senior figures to perform music and give them a "pompe à l'huile" cake so popular in Provence.

▶ at 2pm, gather on Place de l'hôtel de ville
▶ at 2.30pm, Cours Mirabeau, Bravade Christmas "pompe" gift to the city's authorities during an event involving a multitude of traditional Provençal figures. From "chivau-frus" and Italian flag throwers to dancers and musicians from all over the region, over 200 participants bring the city to life with pomp and colour.

No admission charge

  • Free

Information provided by OT Aix en Provence

  • Organiser

    Li Venturie - Escolo Felibrenco
    Oustau de Prouvènço
    Parc Jourdan
    8 bis avenue Jules Ferry

    13100 Aix en Provence

  • Lieux

    Le cours Mirabeau and its fountains
    Cours Mirabeau
    13100 Aix en Provence

    Aix en Provence Town Hall
    Mairie d'Aix en Provence
    Place De l'Hôtel de Ville

    13100 Aix en Provence

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Nearby

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  2. Chocolaterie de Puyricard shop (Rifle Rafle street)

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  3. O Shannon

    Bar / café

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  4. Indies

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Where to stay

Cardinal
Hotel

Cardinal

Aix en Provence

Hôtel Cardinal, founded during the Age of Enlightenment, is one of these authentic places with spirit, history, some kind of magic. The 18th-century atmosphere of the rooms and suites blending old-time charm with modern amenities, such as the exquisite dining room serving traditional French…

Domaine de Saint Clair
B&B

Domaine de Saint Clair

Aix en Provence

Domaine de Saint Clair is located at Aix-en-Provence within 3 km of the historical centre. City of water and arts, Aix-en-Provence beautifully showcases the world-renowned Provençal way of life. The Property is ideally placed, offering you the peace of the countryside of Aix together with a view…

La Mule
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La Mule

Aix en Provence

Soyez les bienvenus au coeur du centre historique d'Aix-en-Provence. Vous êtes à moins d'une minute à pied du célèbre Cours Mirabeau, au calme absolu et pourtant dans un quartier très vivant avec ses cafés, ses restaurants, ses monuments et à quelques centaines de mètres du musée…

Hôtel Olympe - A.D.I.J.
Hotel

Hôtel Olympe - A.D.I.J.

Aix en Provence

This small hotel is located south, near the exit of the Pont de l'Arc, a few steps from CREPS. Parking, rooms with shower and toilet, telephone. The restaurant offers three buffets for a full meal. The hotel is not near the center, it requires a car for evenings in town.

Appart'hôtel Odalys Atrium
Resort

Appart'hôtel Odalys Atrium

Aix en Provence

Located in an important and dynamic part of the town, near the conference centre and the pedestrian streets of the town centre, this residence welcomes you to its charming and typical Provencal surroundings. A large lobby, breakfast room, meeting room and solarium are here to satisfy the…

Hôtel du Globe
Hotel

Hôtel du Globe

Aix en Provence

This hotel is situated in the centre of the old town, near by the "Therms". The style is modern, it's a comfortable and charm hotel. There is a terrace on the roof. Private garage. You may ask for avalaibility. No smoking etablishment

Le Vieux Moulin
Holiday rental

Le Vieux Moulin

Le Tholonet

A 3 km d'Aix en Provence, au Tholonet, T2 de 40m2 sur deux niveaux dans une maison du XVIII ème siècle sur une propriété de 7000m2. Endroit très calme et plein de charme, situé au bord de la rivière face aux vignobles de Château Simone (AOC Palette). La Maison est un ancien moulin à eau…

Résidence Odalys City Les Floridianes
Resort

Résidence Odalys City Les Floridianes

Aix en Provence

The 4-star tourist residence Les Floridianes contains 4 apartments for 4 people and 58 studio flats for 2 people, all with air-conditioning. The residence has a private underground car park and an outdoor swimming pool (April to October). It is located 400 metres from the town centre. Les…

Les Lodges Sainte-Victoire
Hotel

Les Lodges Sainte-Victoire

Le Tholonet

La douceur de vivre à la provençale Hôtel Spa 5 étoiles à quelques minutes à peine du Cours Mirabeau à Aix en Provence. La montagne Sainte-Victoire domine Aix-en-Provence, elle vous fait face et vous invite au calme et à la méditation. Respirez, fermez les yeux et imaginez-vous dans…

Things to do

[ Closed until further notice ] Hôtel de Gallifet
Cultural place

[ Closed until further notice ] Hôtel de Gallifet

Aix en Provence

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[ Closed until further notice ] Le Ruban Vert - galerie et théâtre
Cultural place

[ Closed until further notice ] Le Ruban Vert - galerie et théâtre

Aix en Provence

Two places in one spot dedicated to all forms of creations: - Gallery exhibitions, temporary boutique , artists' studios - Theater : concerts, shows, children birthdays, company, theater class and workshops. Room rental for events, seminars and meetings.

L'Occitane en Provence
Souvenirs shopping

L'Occitane en Provence

Aix en Provence

The boutique is close by Cours Mirabeau, right in the centre of Aix-en-Provence. It stocks natural and organic cosmetics and wellness products (facial and body treatments, bath products, perfumes). L'Occitane en Provence is committed to developing high-quality products that are rich in natural…

[ Closed until further notice ] Santons Fouque
Christmas crib figures

[ Closed until further notice ] Santons Fouque

Aix en Provence

The House of Fouque, created in 1934, perpetuates a traditional savoir-faire of four generations: Jean-Baptiste, Paul, Mireille and Emmanuel Fouque have brought into being more than 1800 different models, constituting one of the most important collections in the world. The famous Blast of…

Meubles Martellotto
Craftsman

Meubles Martellotto

Aix en Provence

Maker of Provençal furniture in all styles (solid walnut, cherry), all art work. Workshop open to visitors by appointment.

The Aix-en-Provence Tourist Office Store
Souvenirs shopping

The Aix-en-Provence Tourist Office Store

Aix en Provence

There is a big 80m2 shop on the Tourist Office premises with a carefully selected range of souvenirs: arts and crafts products (ceramics, santons, soaps, jewellery, etc.) and specialities (calissons, tapenades, olive oils, honey, local beer and wines), art books, tourist guides and even cold…

Gourmandises Aixquises
Shopping gourmand

Gourmandises Aixquises

Aix en Provence

Gourmandises Aixquises sells a selection of artisan Provence products: - confectionary and biscuits - jam and honey - tapenades and spreads - terrines and ready meals - olive oils and flavoured salt - wine and alcohol - ceramic trinkets - olive wood items - lavender-based products

[Closed until further notice ] Granet XXe, collection Jean Planque
Cultural place

[Closed until further notice ] Granet XXe, collection Jean Planque

Aix en Provence

⚠ ⚠ Due to Coronavirus, the site is closed for an unlimited duration. The modern art collection at the Granet Museum was considerably expanded in 2010 when the Jean and Suzanne Planque Foundation made a 15-year donation of the Jean Planque collection, named after the Swiss painter and…

Pain de Sucre
Fashion / shopping

Pain de Sucre

Aix en Provence

Ready-to-wear for women

Where to eat

Les vieilles canailles
Food guide restaurant

Les vieilles canailles

Aix en Provence

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Les Deux Garçons
Food guide restaurant

Les Deux Garçons

Aix en Provence

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Le Zinc d'Hugo
Food guide restaurant

Le Zinc d'Hugo

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Jacquou Le Croquant
Food guide restaurant

Jacquou Le Croquant

Aix en Provence

Step behind the mouth-watering, vintage window and dive into the rustic, arched stone cellars to take a bite out of south-wastern France! Antonia regales her guests with cassoulet, confits, magret and foie gras… And as all the local goose fans know, Antonia also sells a succulent range of…

Bastide du Cours
Food guide restaurant

Bastide du Cours

Aix en Provence

Ideally located on Cours Mirabeau in the heart of Aix en Provence, La Bastide du Cours provides a wonderfully warm and relaxed setting. As for the food, our chef, Charly Valdez and his team invite you to travel....his creative cuisine is inspired by flavours from all over the world, blended with…

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Cuisine de Provence

Campanile Aix-en-Provence Sud - Pont de l'Arc - Gril

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Five minutes from the city centre, on the banks of the Arc river, enjoy the restaurant's tranquillity and traditional cuisine with unlimited buffets. The restaurant was renovated in March 2011.

Fanny's
Cuisine de Provence

Fanny's

Aix en Provence

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Le Mas d'Entremont
Food guide restaurant

Le Mas d'Entremont

Aix en Provence

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La Tomate verte
Food guide restaurant

La Tomate verte

Aix en Provence

This is a bistro as it ought to be: quick midday deals for busy workers and a more elaborate evening menu for those who wish to truly savour their food. Everyone, however, can enjoy fresh, seasonal produce as part of a menu that changes according to the whims of the local market and which still…

Inspirations

Goat's Cheese

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Whether it's served hot with a salad, used to crown a cheese platter, or savoured fresh with honey or olive oil, goat's cheese is an absolute culinary must. Provence's dry, sunny climate is perfect for goat breeding -and that's lucky for us!

The Sea Urchin

The Sea Urchin

Terroir

According to Marcel Pagnol, "if we only judged things by appearances, nobody would ever have wanted to eat a sea urchin"

The cicada

The cicada

The sun's rays are warming you through the pine trees, but you will not know if the summer is here until you hear THE CICADAS!

Garlic

Garlic

It all starts with a crushed clove...

Provencal cuisine simply wouldn't exist without garlic