Located in the heart of Provence, Aix is connected to many cities in France and Europe, thanks to its proximity to the international airport Marseille-Provence ", but also rail links by TGV. Crossroads of a major motorway junction, Aix-en-Provence has a dense network of regular buses.
Thus one can enjoy to travel to Nice (180 km) 2h15, Lyon (300 km) in 3:30, in Avignon (80 km) and Marseille in 1h15 (30 km) in 30 minutes.
Historical capital of Provence, a university town, city of art with a rich architectural heritage, Aix-en-Provence is a city where to live and hang out. His gentle way of life, the incomparable light fascinated the artists and the beautiful countryside of Aix inspired throughout his life, the famous paintings of Paul Cezanne. Located in the center of one of the most touristic regions in Europe, Aix is a great base for exploring the Camargue, the Luberon, the Alpilles and the Mediterranean coast.
City Water, City of Art: Aix-en-Provence has 23 fountains.
One of the great European lyric festivals From 4th to 27th July 2013
ATTRACTIONS, LEISURES AND ACTIVITES AROUND
Located in the center of one of the richest tourist regions in Europe, Aix-en-Provence is a great base to natural sites and within an hour by car.
In the South coast and the Calanques.
To the West: the Camargue, a nature park of 85,000 hectares and above the Plain of La Crau.
In the Northwest: the Alpilles Range with Eygalières Aureille and that opens the tourist route.
North: the Luberon and its villages, Lourmarin, Gordes ...
East: Mont Sainte-Victoire and the Gorges du Verdon.
All around Aix, an environmental diverse and colorful brings a total change of scenery for its diversity: the mountains, the sea, the countryside.
The gates of Aix: the Pays d'Aix.
To North Avenue by Philippe Solari on the road to Puyricard to 2.5 km, if you are interested in archeology, the oppidum d'Entremont Celto-Ligure (second century BC) is discovered. At the end of the plateau, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding Aix-en-Provence (table). 4 km away, Puyricard hamlet of Aix and his lovely Romanesque church of the 12th century, in the foothills of the Trévaresse. Pleasant walks through a landscape of Provence in the wonderful climate, rich wine (the wine route), route dotted with castles: the Rostolan the Alphéran, Justin Mount, Threshold, Castel ...
To the West: the roads D10 and N543. Saint-Mitre and chapel, which Granette The chapel houses the tomb of the painter Granet in Aix, a friend of Ingres, one can discover his work at the Musée Granet Aix-en-Provence. Eguilles, village balcony above the valley of the Arc, dominated by the castle of the family of Eguilles Boyer (1642) built on the ruins of a feudal castle, the keep of which remains behind the bell tower of the church, it houses the Town Hall since 1913. The view reveals extensive Etang de Berre, the chains of the Star, the Sainte-Baume, the Mont Sainte-Victoire and the Plain of Marseille. For D65 and D64 roads we reach the valley of the Arc River Aqueduct and Aix Roquefavour, 19th century book that stands at the top of its 82 meters between two cliffs. A few miles above the valley, along a scenic road in the scrubland of Provence: pine, rosemary, thyme, fruits, and the hilltop village of Ventabren (and mill) has a view "Air" on the country of Aix. The N543 found the Arc that bypasses the Relais St Pons (twelfth century) which is attached the memory of the poet Malherbe died and where Grignan MD, son of the famous Marquise de Sevigne.
Heading South: the slopes of Montaiguet, shaded, white-water cooled, offer beautiful views over the valley of the Arc and the city of Aix.
To the east: the admirers of Cézanne may, by taking "the road Cézanne", find the landscape dear to the great painter: Black Castle, Montagne Sainte-Victoire, Plateau Cengle ... A welcome stop on the way to an oasis of freshness: the Castle of Tholonet (about 5 km from Aix). By road D10, Saint Marc Jaumegarde the dam Bimont Vauvenargues and where, in a magnificent setting on a rocky outcrop, among forests of oaks and pines, stands the castle of the 14th century, is now the property of the descendants of Picasso. The tomb of the famous artist Picasso is located near the elegant terrace balustrée entered the 17th century.