Aix-en-Provence, cultural city break

Culture

Cézanne's studio is your first window into this weekend before you head off to take a tour of the more iconic sites in Aix such as the Pavillon Vendôme and the tapestry museum. There's a wonderful mix of the old and new as you alternate between the Fondation Vasarely, the sumptuous town houses in the Mazarin district (Caumont, Granet, Gallifet) and the peace and calm around the fountain on Place d'Albertas. In between art museums, enjoy a feast for the eyes and the palate at Mickaël Féval, a real treat for the senses!

Day 1 – Culture in the heart of Aix-en-Provence

Begin your cultural tour of Aix-en-Provence at Cézanne's studio. This visit should take you through to lunchtime when we recommend a table at Fanny's for local, reasonably priced cuisine. Then head to Place d'Albertas and its fountain to relax until your meal goes down. Next on the list is the Musée des Tapisseries, the tapestry museum set inside the Palais de l’Archevêché. Continue your cultural tour at Aix Cathedral. Bring a lovely day to a close by visiting the historic pavilion where the Duke of Vendôme used to take his lover La Belle du Cannet.

Day 2 - Aix's museums and art centres

Your second day in Aix-en-Provence starts with a visit to the Granet Museum. To quench your thirst for the arts even more you only need to go 200 metres further to the Hôtel de Gallifet. Hidden away on Rue Espariat, Le Formal is your destination for lunch which will appeal to lovers of creative fine dining. Lunch break over, make your way to the Caumont Arts Centre not far from Cours Mirabeau. A perfect end to your weekend tour of Aix is the Fondation Vasarely, one of the most striking landmarks of your entire visit!

Can't-miss experiences

  • Devouring calisson sweets, an Aix speciality made from almond and candied melon
  • Catching a show or concert at the Grand Théâtre de Provence or contemporary ballet at the Pavillon Noir

We love

  • Visiting places that once inspired the 'great' Paul Cézanne
  • Seeing the sun reflecting on the Fondation Vasarely, an extraordinary light show on a building worthy of a sci-fi film

The best time to visit

  • In summer for the opera festival at the Palais de l’Archevêché (around 1,300 seats) or the international classical music festival, the Nuits Pianistiques
  • Early September for the Mistral Festival at Parc Jourdan (aioli tastings, folk band, traditional dancing)
  • Towards the end of the year for the famous Christmas market, the '13 Desserts' market and nativity scenes with santons (figurines)
  • Theme

    Culture

  • Duration

    Weekend

  • Visited cities

    Aix en Provence

  • Ideal for

    All year round

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