FESTIVAL D'AIX ITINERARY
The Aix-en-Provence Festival is one of the cultural highlights of summer in Provence. The festivities kick off with AIX EN JUIN – the prelude to the Festival d'Aix– and continue until July 22nd. If you want to enjoy the festival to the full, the PASS offers access to all of the AIX EN JUIN public events, together with reduced rates during the Festival itself. Headlining a packed programme of exciting concerts and master classes, this is a wonderful way to get a whole new angle on Aix-en-Provence...
AIX-EN-PROVENCE – Hôtel Maynier d’Oppède
23 Rue Gaston de Saporta 13100 Aix-en-Provence
Set facing Théâtre de l’Archevêché lies l’Hôtel Maynier d’Oppède. It takes its name from an ancient magistrate's family. It is an intriguing sight, with its wooden door carved in the style of the first half of the reign of Louis XV. Thanks to the PASS card, you can cross the threshold to enjoy concerts and recitals by the Academy and enjoy a magical moment in the shaded courtyard...
AIX-EN-PROVENCE – Théâtre du Jeu de Paume
21 Rue De l'Opéra 13100 Aix-en-Provence
In the pretty Rue de l’Opéra, at the top of Cours Mirabeau, you will find the Théâtre du Jeu de Paume. In 1660, Louis XIV played 'paume' here – the ancestor to tennis as we know it today. In the following century, it was converted into a theatre. A genuine little architectural jewel, cosy and bedecked in red, it is one of the last example of 18th-century Italian-style halls, along with Théâtre de la Reine in Versailles. It is the perfect place to enjoy an opera and other intimate performances.
AIX EN PROVENCE – Cours Mirabeau
Cours Mirabeau 13100 Aix-en-Provence
Here you are on the world-famed Cours Mirabeau. Adorned with plane trees, dotted with fountains (one of which, set facing the bar Le Grillon, is filled with hot spring water) and lined with cafés, Cours Mirabeau is one of the town's most popular ad liveliest venues. At either end lie Fontaine de La Rotonde and the statue of Good King René. During the Festival, Cours Mirabeau is transformed into a giant, open-air stage for the free PARADE[S] concert.
AIX-EN-PROVENCE – Grand Théâtre de Provence
380 Avenue Max Juvénal 13100 Aix-en-Provence
After descending Cours Mirabeau and going past Les Allées Provençales, you will come to the foot of the Grand Théâtre de Provence. Inaugurated in July 2007 by the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, this resolutely-modern building was designed by Vittorio Gregotti. Seating 1,350 people, the Grand Théâtre de Provence welcomes operas and concerts during the Festival d’Aix, together with plays and other shows throughout the year.
AIX-EN-PROVENCE – 3bisF
Hôpital Montperrin 109 Avenue Du Petit Barthélémy 13617 Aix-en-Provence
Just outside Aix-en-Provence's town centre, near the coach station, you will come to the 3bisF. Since 1983, this venue has been giving pride of place to contemporary creations in the fields of performance and visual arts. Every year, various artists and troupes are invited there as residents – a unique opportunity to meet with their public. Headlining theatre, dance, music and poetry, this is a haven for contemporary performance arts fans.
AIX-EN-PROVENCE – Théâtre du Bois de l’Aune
Rotonde Bois de l'Aune 1bis Place Victor Schloecher Jas de Bouffan 13090 Aix-en-Provence
Let's take off to Jas de Bouffan. The Théâtre du Bois de l’Aune is dedicated to artistic mentoring and exchanges and creates ties between local inhabitants and emerging or recognized artists from here and elsewhere. An artistic workshop, performance venue and creative hub, Bois de L’Aune, located in the heart of Jas de Bouffan, is a multidisciplinary venue dedicated to every art form: theatre, circus, visual arts, dance, music, etc.
Savour a drink at the Brasserie de l’Archevêché to lap up the festival atmosphere on a shaded terrace set on a pretty, paved square
Stroll in the sunshine in the luscious green garden of Pavillon Vendôme while listening to some classical music in your earphones
Grab a last-minute discount ticket to the Festival d’Aix in July for seats remaining a few hours or days before the date
The intimate presbytery courtyard on Place de l’Archevêché, where you can enjoy meeting with the festival artists and talks by guest speakers every evening in July at 6 p.m.
The preludes one hour before each opera performance, introducing you to the work and offering keys to a more active and enriching listening experience.
The master classes: advanced-level classes and exchanges open to the public as preambles to the evening concerts and an invitation to debate on the question of artistic creation today.
The people carrier bikes criss-crossing Aix-en-Provence throughout summer. You can book tickets with them too!
Concerts and recitals by the Academy touring the villages of the Bouches-du-Rhône area.
The best time to visit
June 12th to 30th for AIX EN JUIN, the prelude to the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence
June 26th for the big free PARADE[S] concert
July 3rd to 22nd for the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence
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Tour of the Alpilles, olives, villages and more
There's a lot to see in the Alpilles, so it's a race against the clock if you hope to fit it all in. The humble olive is the star of the region and tours and tastings are available at plenty of local estates. For lunch, get a table at Le Patio, totally devoted to regional produce and set in a former sheep fold. Les Olivades is devoted to the manufacture of Provençal fabric. To stretch your legs, walk around Aureille, Orgon and Chiari cheese dairy. A visit to Saint-Rémy isn't complete without enjoying a sumptuous treat from the Lilamand confectioner's. Ready? Steady... Go!
Essential La Ciotat – the cradle of cinema
For your one-day tour of La Ciotat, you can relax on the Grande Plage or the beach at Figuerolles, a popular spot for locals that you can't leave without seeing. Cinema lovers should head to the Eden Théâtre, famous for screening one of the first films produced by the Lumière brothers. The birth of film is also honoured at the Musée Ciotaden, a museum that retraces the town's history and the traditions of Provence. After an excellent lunch at Le Vin 7, potter around the shops at the Old Port. Later, make your way to the Ile Verte and Parc du Mugel for stunning views. Just don't forget your camera!
La Montagnette and its monuments
La Montagnette is a low-altitude mountain in Bouches-du-Rhône set against dry and rugged terrain. It is replete with architectural gems to visit. Start the morning with a visit to the cryptoporticus in Arles. In Tarascon, take a tour of Saint Michel du Frigolet Abbey and Château du Roi René. Next head to Le Garde-Manger for lunch before venturing off to see Daudet's mills. When you reach Fontvielle, you can't miss Château Montauban and the Roman aqueduct. Finish on a high note at Montmajour Abbey.