Aix-en-Provence - Cultural place
This grid-pattern district was designed in the 17th century by Archbishop Mazarin, the Cardinal's brother. It was a "luxury housing estate" for members of Parliament and the bourgeoisie of the period, arranged around two main roads: rue Cardinale and rue du 4 Septembre.
Rue Cardinale: its name still recalls Archbishop Mazarin, who became a Cardinal. Its magnificent private mansions make it one of Aix's most attractive streets.
It crosses place de la fontaine des Quatre Dauphins the fountain dates from 1667 and was created by the sculptor Jean-Claude Rambot. Its circular basin is made of Sainte Beaume stone. Its four dolphins rest on waves with their fins raised, supporting the obelisk topped with pine cone, and illustrate the Baroque art that was so popular with Aix's nobility. The Mignet College where Paul Cezanne, Emile Zola, Darius Milhaud and many others have studied is also located in this street!
Rue Cardinale leads to the Church of Saint Jean de Malte and the Granet Museum.
The Church of Saint Jean de Malte stood on open ground before the construction of the Mazarin district it was the church of the Order of St John of Jerusalem (the future Order of Malta), established in Aix in the middle of the 12th century. It is designed in the Provençal Gothic style and has, above its nave, a 16th-century bell tower 67 metres high with an arrow at its top at sunset, its tapering proportions evoke the shape of a minaret. Next to the church is the Granet Museum, the city's art gallery.
The second thoroughfare of this district is rue du Quatre Septembre. This was the first street built when the city was enlarged. Mazarin named it rue Saint-Sauveur, after his church in Paris, but the locals called it rue des Quatre Dauphins, after the square it crossed.
In this street is the Arbaud Museum, named after its founder. In 1910 this erudite man bequeathed to the city of Aix one of the largest existing collections of Provençal pottery, and a large number of manuscripts and paintings. The Museum houses a regional library (closed for an indefinite period).
In the district ... rue Joseph Cabassol with Hôtel de Caumont built between 1715 and 1742 under the guidance of Georges Vallon for the Marquis of Cabanes, President of the Court of Auditors. It is now the Centre d'Art.
The district is crossed by Rue d'Italie, the oldest street in Aix, since it follows the route of the Aurelian Way where it entered the Roman colony.
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Where to stay
Le Vieux Moulin
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 qui a été construit sous François 1er en 1510. Au fil des siècles le moulin a été modernisé et la bâtisse a été agrandie…
Boutique Hôtel Cézanne
At the heart of Aix-en-Provence, Le Cézanne is a charming 4-star boutique hotel with 55 rooms. Here we share the art of Provençal living with our guests. The light-filled rooms with their original decoration are real Mediterranean gems. They were renovated in 2019. You can choose between…
Hôtel des quatre Dauphins
The attractive privately-run Hôtel des Quatre Dauphins, a former private mansion, will be pleased to welcome you in a warm and peaceful atmosphere. Situated in the center of Aix-en Provence, in the Mazarin district, it is a mere stone's throw away from the four Dolphin Fountain and the…
Le Mas d'Entremont
Located on the hills of Aix en Provence, this charming 4 stars hotel with gastronomic restaurant offers you 6 suites, 2 apartments and 12 rooms, all with private terrace. Our gorgeous garden of one and a half hectare with ornamental lake, pond, fountains, water lily, antic columns gives the…
Lou Jas De Rafeou
Dans une maison neuve et indépendante, bâtie dans le respect de la tradition provençale, le lieu s’inspire de la couleur et de l’authenticité de la région avec des plafonds aux poutres apparentes et des meubles anciens, modeste héritage du grand père,Raféou. Sur une superficie…
Maison spacieuse de 220 m² disposant de 4 chambres avec lit bébé et chaise haute, salon séjour cuisine de 70m² sur 3000 m² végétation luxuriante piscine enterrée. Maison modulable en 6 places selon disponibilité. Bus à 200 m, commerces à 2 km - séjour + salon : 65 m² ( table…
In an heaven of peace, enjoy the sweetness of life at 2 km of the town center. A park of 8 hectares located in Aix en Provence in the heart of Provence. Equipped with swimming pool, bowling pitch, beach volley, ping pong table, playground for kids, restaurant / snack, laundry / TV room, WIFI…
Le Four des Banes - Chambre Sainte Victoire
Le Four des Banes est une maison d'hôtes de charme, à 5 minutes en voiture du Centre historique d'Aix en Provence. Une piscine dédiée aux hôtes uniquement. Hébergement au calme et dans la campagne aixoise. WIFI et Parking gratuit à disposition dans la propriété. La chambre Sainte…
Novotel Aix Beaumanoir
In the town of the good King Rene, at the crossroads of Cezanne paths, the Novotel Aix en Provence Beaumanoir welcomes you for an overnight or a longer stay. The hotel is located 5 mn away (by car) from the town center. In the Novotel you will feel at home, the welcome and smiles of our team will…
Things to do
After learning his trade as a chef with Frantz Riederer, Georges Weibel opened his first cake shop in 1954. Thanks to his recipes and high-quality products, he enjoyed great success in the town for many years. His son, Nicolas, took over from him in 1988 after being promoted to master…
The Aix-en-Provence Tourist Office Store
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…
The brasserie on Place de l'Hôtel de Ville has a lovely sun-soaked setting. Sports fans and rugby lovers flock here for pre-dinner drinks. Good times guaranteed! The chic décor creates a cosy feel: flat-screen TV, grey slate flooring, stone walls, cool bar stools and a bull's head. The bar…
L'Occitane 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…
La boutique Kitch est une institution aixoise située au coeur de la ville, à deux pas de la place Richelme. La décoration atypique et moderne met en évidence le travail de nombreux créateurs dont la liste évolue au fil des saisons. Le conseil très personnalisé de l'équipe vous permettra…
Architectonic centre in Aix-en-Provence, listed as a historic monument. Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of op art inside a lumino-kinetic building, designed and financed by Victor Vasarely. On the ground floor are 16 modules with a hexagonal base, linked together like a gigantic…
Where to eat
Atmosph'R - Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hôtel
At all times of day, from breakfast to dinner, the Atmosph'R restaurant in the Renaissance Aix-en-Provence provides a welcome gourmet break, including for business lunches. In a contemporary, green decor, Sunday brunches are ideal for families and friends. For each dish, the executive chef,…
Hidden away on a lush terrace behind Cours Mirabeau, this voluptuous eatery, set in Baroque, modern surroundings, sets a fitting scene for the explosive and creative cuisine of Ronan Kernen. This young, Brittany-born chef, revealed by the Top Chef TV show, has an impressive CV, featuring many…
This Moroccan restaurant is in the historic centre of Aix-en-Provence, between the Town Hall and the Rotonde fountain, near Cours Mirabeau. It is inside the former Cordeliers Abbey, a listed historical monument, which adds its charm to the already refined, discreet oriental decor. In summer, eat…
Bottega Da Verri
Bottega Da Verri is an Italian restaurant recently created by Marion Lefebvre, candidate of Top Chef 2017. It is through recipes straight from Italy that the chef Marion tries to make us live the Dolce Vita. It promises you a varied and original menu that you will not find anywhere else on…
La petite ferme
C’est un voyage depuis sa plus tendre enfance que Ronan nous propose à travers ce concept inédit sur Aix. Fermez les yeux et rappelez-vous… de ce doigt trempé dans la casserole des jus et sauces, de ces balades en forêt où l’odeur du thym vous chatouillait les narines, de ces…
Chef Serge Vigouroux has spent 35 years working for the biggest names and Michelin-starred chefs and has been recognised by Gault&Millau. Since 2014 he's been welcoming diners from 7pm to midnight to experience his generous gourmet bistronomy dishes and seasonal menu after a night at Aix's…