City guide: 2 days to discover the best of Aix-en-Provence

City guide: 2 days to discover the best of Aix-en-Provence

Looking for authentic experiences to sample the charms of Aix? Follow the guide!

Welcome to Aix-en-Provence, where every street tells a story. If you’re looking for an authentic, upscale getaway, ready to discover the hidden treasures of this iconic city, you’ve come to the right place.

DAY 1: Soak up the picturesque atmosphere of the Old Town

3pm - Drop your bags at Villa Amara

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In the heart of Aix-en-Provence, choose Villa Amara, our 5-star private hotel, as the starting point for your Provencal getaway. With the elegant ambience and attentive service of our haven of peace, you’ll feel right at home from the moment you arrive.

4pm - Initiate yourself to Raja Yoga

To start your stay in Aix-en-Provence in a bubble of well-being, join a Raja Yoga class with Amara Yoga. Explore your mind and body in a session of this age-old practice, which dates back over 5,000 years.

As well as rejuvenating, strengthening, balancing and energizing you, yoga is also a solution to many ailments. Soothe your physical and emotional stress, relieve stiffness and back pain or improve your state of fatigue.

6 p.m. - Stroll through the narrow streets of the old town

What better way to continue your Aix-en-Provence escape than to stroll along the Cours Mirabeau, where Provencal elegance meets urban dynamism? Explore the local boutiques for unique treasures.

While you’re there, take a well-deserved break at Café Grillon, a landmark where history meets contemporary charm.

DAY 2: Immerse yourself in the vibrant soul of Aix-en-Provence

10am - Discover Aix's art of living at the market

Start this second day by soaking up the lively atmosphere of the local market. Located in the heart of the city, the Aix-en-Provence market is a veritable spectacle for the senses. You’ll be greeted by a kaleidoscope of enchanting colors and fragrances as local producers showcase their fresh produce with passion.

Juicy fruit, crisp vegetables, aromatic cheeses and much more await you at every stall. Take the time to chat with passionate artisans, discover the region’s specialties and let yourself be seduced by the authenticity of this emblematic market.

Info: Aix market every day of the year on Place Richèlme and every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday on Place Comptales (Place de Verdun, Place des Prêcheurs and Place Madeleine).

11am - Go back in time in Cézanne's studio

Continue your journey into the fascinating world of one of painting’s greatest masters, Paul Cézanne. His studio, preserved as it was in the 19th century, is a true journey through time. You’ll have the opportunity to discover the environment that nurtured the artist’s creativity, contemplate his working tools and even see some of his unfinished works.

Soak up the inspiring atmosphere of this place steeped in history and marvel at Cézanne’s visionary genius, whose influence extends far beyond the borders of Provence.

1 p.m. - Treat yourself to a gastronomic break at Restaurant Grenache

After a morning rich in discoveries, it’s time to settle down for an exceptional gastronomic experience at Grenache restaurant, a veritable institution in Aix-en-Provence.

Nestled in an elegant, contemporary setting, this renowned restaurant invites you on an unforgettable gustatory journey to the heart of Provencal cuisine. Take your place in a warm and refined atmosphere, where the art of the table blends perfectly with authentic flavors and exceptional products.

Let yourself be seduced by a menu created with passion by the chef, highlighting the culinary treasures of the region. From starter to dessert, each dish is a true work of art, subtly blending tradition and innovation to awaken your taste buds and delight your senses.

3pm - Dive into history and art at the Musée Granet

After satisfying your taste buds, it’s time to indulge your spirit at the Musée Granet. Considered one of the finest museums in France, this prestigious establishment houses an impressive collection of works of art ranging from Antiquity to the present day.

Explore its magnificently appointed galleries and let yourself be transported through eras and artistic movements. From classic masterpieces to contemporary creations, each piece tells a captivating story and invites you to plunge into the fascinating world of art.

5pm - Stroll through Parc Vendôme

Before saying goodbye to Aix-en-Provence, treat yourself to one last enchanting stroll in the Parc Vendôme. This emblematic garden, nestled close to the historic center, invites you to enjoy a peaceful, revitalizing stroll in a bucolic, elegant setting.

Stroll along the shady avenues, where colorful flowerbeds and majestic trees offer a naturally magnificent spectacle with every step. Admire the graceful statues and elegant fountains that dot the park, bearing witness to the region’s rich cultural heritage.

With its enchanting blend of culture, history and natural beauty, Aix-en-Provence offers an authentic, upscale experience for all visitors. Whether you’re an art enthusiast, an avowed gourmet or simply looking for moments of relaxation and discovery, this emblematic city will charm and amaze you at every turn. So let yourself be seduced by its timeless charm and live for the moment in Aix-en-Provence, a destination that’s sure to captivate and inspire you.