Practical Information: Aix

Everything you need to know to enjoy your trip to Aix en Provence: travel tips, useful contacts, best hotels and restaurants and more. Click here to read our full guide to Aix en Provence TGV and Aix Centre train stations.

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And, before you go, why not browse our gallery to preview some of the city's most exquisite pleasures?

Lenfant Pavillion in Aix en Provence

Diabline, Aix en ProvenceAix en Provence is a compact city and many major sights around the Cours Mirabeau, Mazarin Quarter and Old Town can easily be visited on foot. But, if you want to rest your feet or venture further afield, there are various alternatives.

Leonard Parli calissons AixIt's a pleasure to go shopping in Aix en Provence with its varied street markets and quality stores, all within an easy stroll round the elegant city centre.

The Forum des Cardeurs Aix en ProvenceFinding great - and great-value - restaurants is surprisingly difficult in Aix, despite its wealth, size and importance as a tourist destination, although there are some delightful hidden gems.

Sundial, Place des Precheurs, Aix en ProvenceIt's no accident that Aix en Provence is full of sundials. The city has over 300 days of sunshine a year and, in July, temperatures can quite easily reach 30 degrees Celsius or 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

French-style telephoneA lively university town with a large expatriate community, Aix has good resources for English-speakers. Here's a checklist plus the nearest embassies, consulates, doctors, lawyers and emergency phone numbers.

Hotel Le Pigonnet, Aix en ProvenceAix is an upscale city where accommodation tends to be pricey. To find the best places to stay, we've toured several of the loveliest luxury spots but found some fantastic budget bargains too.

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