One of the most beautiful cities in France, majestic Aix is the perfect destination to encounter mesmerising art and architecture. The city is packed full of 17th and 18th Century mansions, squares, stunning fountains and a maze of narrow, winding streets. Many writers and artists have been inspired by the beauty of this stunning city, including Zola and Cézanne. Aix is still alive with culture today, playing host to the International Festival of Lyric Arts and Music each summer, as well as the popular Dance Festival. If you are in need of some retail therapy you will not be disappointed here, with many elegant shopping boutiques to be found in the quartier Marazin area.
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Calissons: A specialty of Aix-en-Provence are tiny cookies made from a mix of crushed almonds and candied melon topped with royal icing. A delicious treat not to be missed
Olives: Olive and olive oil production goes a long way back to the Ancient Greeks in Provence. You can’t complete your trip without sampling as many olives as possible. Whether they are covered in parsley, layered with garlic, or simply left on their own you can’t leave without trying the many varieties Aix en Provence has to offer.
Le boeuf en daube: Chunks of beef cooked with olive oil, lard, onions, oil, and herbs; served with sauce or red wine. Provence’s answer to boeuf bourguignon
With a high student population Aux en Provence has plenty of clubs and bars in the town centre to accommodate for high student population. The theatre scene is also very popular with many experimental plays showing ever night of the week.
With plenty of vineyards to choose from you will be spoilt for choice when picking your wine tasting tour. Aix en Provence is the second largest producer of wine in the Provence region. Nearly 60% of the production is red wine, followed by 35% rosé and 5% white wine. With full or half day tours to offer you won’t be disappointed
With many excursions on offer it would be almost impossible to complete them all on a single trip. From guided walking tours available in a variety of languages taking you around the ancient city to view the many fountains, squares and hidden gardens. Scenic tours to the lavender fields and day trips further afield to such places as Baux de Provence, Arles and Pont du Gard. For the food lovers why not try an afternoon walking food tour visiting the markets to try local food and wine.
Aix's Old Town is a must see when visiting this region with its winding streets, craft shops, boutiques, restaurants, elegant squares, fountains and markets.
Get the chance to step back in time and discover many fascinating historic facts the museums and galleries of Aix has to offer. The Aix museum is the perfect spot for lovers of art with a collection of more than 12,000 works and masterpieces with many pieces donated over the years to make the collection what it is today.
The Aix-en-Provence cathedral is a sacred place and has become a religious landmark in the region. Located in the old town and listed as a national monument it is one of the most visited attractions in the Provencal town.
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