What To See: Aix

A guide to some of the most interesting things to see and do in and near Aix en Provence. Our gallery previews some of the city's most exquisite pleasures. Scroll down the page to read more about them.

Lenfant Pavillion in Aix en Provence

Click here to read about ideas for families with children in the wider area around Aix, which is covered in a separate section and here to read about the city's important annual opera festival, its world-class Pavillon Noir ballet centre and the Château La Coste art park and winery to the north of the city.

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Study for The Card Players by Paul CezanneYou'll often find them in a provençal bar: players engrossed in a game of cards. And, as with his celebrated cycle on the Mont Sainte Victoire, Cézanne was fascinated by these peasants and returned to them again and again.

The Camp des Milles and train wagonBetween 1939 and 1942, Les Milles was an internment camp for political dissidents, artists and intellectuals and, finally, Jews about to be deported to Auschwitz. It has now been restored as a Holocaust memorial.

Pavillon de VendomeAix en Provence's museums range from a foundation dedicated to Victor Vasarely, the father of Op Art, to a secret 17th century love-nest, a major museum of natural history, and the city's flagship art collection, the Musée Granet.

Sphinx, Jardins d'AlbertasIt is a blistering summer's day and you just have to get out of the city. A short drive from the centre of Aix, the Jardins d'Albertas are the answer.

hotel de caumont exteriorAn elegant 18th century hôtel particulier in Aix's historic and aristrocratic Mazarin Quarter, the Hôtel de Caumont has been converted into a sumptuous new gallery space under the banner of the Caumont Centre d'Art.

jas de bouffan galaLike most artists, Paul Cézanne liked to hang out in the most beautiful spots in town. And in summer his haunts in Aix are more than historic sights: they become the backdrops for some magical social occasions.

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