Why is Aix en Provence a “Must See” Town?

Located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region and in the department of Bouches-du Rhônes, Aix en Provence is a beautiful University city that was once the capital of Provence.

This was the birthplace of Paul Cézanne, the famous Post-Impressionist painter. Art lovers can enjoy the walking trail from his family home, Jas de Bouffan and visit places like his studio, Artelier Cézanne, both of which are open to visitors. Overlooking Aix en Provence is the mountain Sainte-Victoire which was often depicted in his works. There is an Art Centre at the magnificent Hotel de Caumont which opened to exhibit Cézannes paintings. Nowadays, it also shows other artists such as Sibley. The stunning architecture, well kept floral displays and courtyard garden restaurant will make you appreciate more at the Hotel de Caumont than just the artwork.

 

The town centre is pretty special. Likened to the Champs-Elysées, Cours Mirabeau, with a vibrant atmosphere that almost bounces off the cobble streets, is lined with trees and has the fabulous La Rotonde fountain in the middle. With street entertainers, markets, ample restaurants, bistros, bars and of course, very tempting shops, you can easily just spend a day people watching over a few drinks and soaking up the sunshine and ambience.

Fontain de la Rotonde
Like other towns of Provence, Aix-en-Provence boasts a large collection of elaborate fountains, pictured here is the 1860 Great fountain de la Rotonde. It is situated near the Cours Mirabeau which is a wide thoroughfare decorated with plane trees and fountains, where you will find many of Aix’s landmarks and popular sights.

 

For those with an interest in the history of World War Two you would be hard pressed to find an experience that would touch you more than a visit to the “Camp de Milles”. This former tile factory, just outside of Aix en Provence, was taken over by the French Government and then the Nazis as an internment camp. More than two thousand Jews were imprisoned here before being taken to Auschwitz. You can buy an audio guide in most languages and the exhibitions are in English and French. From the centre of Aix, the number 4 bus from La Rotonde in Aix goes to the Camp des Milles.

Aix-en-Provence is a refined city to which artists have always been attracted. Guests of Just Provence Luxury Villa Rentals near Aix-en-Provence will enjoy this civilised city’s quality of life which to this day attracts people from all over the world. Why not book your stay in a luxury villa with Just Provence in the South of France and take time to discover Provence?

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