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Camp des Milles Memorial

The Camp des Milles is the only French imprisonment camp and deportation that remained intact after the Second World War. It is since 2012 an indispensable place of memory, where many visitors come to get engaged in private prayer but also to get educated each year.The camp was opened in 1939 in an old factory in the municipality of Aix. First, they have sent there for imprisonment "enemy" or "undesirable" subjects, foreigners and anti-fascists. Then, in 1942, there are thousands...

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Estienne Museum of Saint-Jean (museum of Old Aix)

Not far from the Cathedral Saint-Sauveur, there is one of the most beautiful private mansions of Aix-en-Provence, the hotel Estienne de Saint-Jean, which dates from the XVIIth century. Nowadays it shelters the city's history and heritage museum. Its architecture, its decoration (much of which is original) as well as its rich collections deserve the detour.Pushing its doors is to enter directly into the Grand Siècle - by the way a statue of Louis XIV welcomes you from the hall. Admire...

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The hilltop villages of Provence

If you are on a quest to find peace and quiet, some authenticity and spectacular views of the mountains, benefit from your stay in Aix-en-Provence in order to visit the hilltop villages of the region. Small villages perched high on a rocky spur, dominating the vineyards and the plain, they seduce by their character.  There are a lot number of those villages in The Pays d'Aix: let yourself be tempted!The village of Les Pennes Mirabeau is perhaps the best known....

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Provençal art and handicraft : what to bring back in your suitcases?

Provence is a particularly rich land with regard to handicrafts, both gourmet and artistic. Plan to travel with light baggages on the way out, so that you can bring as many memories as possible when you return !The first thing that you really have to bring from your stay in Aix-en-Provence: the famous calissons, true symbols of the city. For more information about these little sweets, you can consult our article " provençale Gastronomy ".In the gastronomy department, you can...

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The beaches near Aix-en-Provence

Thanks to its rich heritage, its charming historical center and its many museums, Aix-en-Provence has enough to fill the days of holidays. But it is difficult not to go and put your foot on the great blue of the ocean when it located only 45 minutes of the most beautiful beaches of France! Less than one hour from Aix, you have so many beaches, landscapes and very different atmospheres. You just have to make your choice !The nearest one is...

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The Cathedral of Saint-Sauveur

During your stay in Aix-en-Provence, be sure to visit the magnificent Saint-Sauveur Cathedral, in the heart of the Aix-en-Provence district. Whether you are a believer or not, you can not remain insensitive to it.The legend - attested by the presence of an ancient Roman wall - means that the cathedral was built on the site of an ancient temple dedicated to Apollo. Erected at the end of the sixth century (perhaps even from the fifth century), it is indeed a...

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Provencal gastronomy

The cuisine of Aix-en-Provence is a festival of flavors. You will find in its markets sunburned vegetables and fruits, tomatoes, aubergines, courgettes, peppers; cooked meats with evocative names, the Caillette de Pierrelatte, the moutounesse, the feet and packets, the sausage of Arles, the porch of Nice; as well as specialties that smell good in the South: aïoli, tapenade, brissaouda, galapian d'Apt, Poutarges de Martigues ... All this dotted with herbs that grow in the hills, thyme, rosemary, savory, oregano, farigoulette...

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The most beautiful fountains of Aix-en-Provence

Did you know ? Aix-en-Provence bears its name from the Latin "aqua". The city has been known since the great age for the properties of its waters. The Romans built baths there, destroyed by the Saracens in the middle of the eighth century and rebuilt by the Counts of Provence, who cared for goitre and scrofula.City of the baths, Aix became the city of fountains, thanks to the construction of aqueducts and dams, which made it possible to transport water...

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The Roque d'Anthéron International Piano Festival

It was in 1980 that Paul Onoratini, mayor of La Roque d'Anthéron, decided to put the spotlight on the piano every year in his city. The international piano festival of La Roque d'Anthéron was born and destined to be a huge success! Every year, it attracts a large number of music lovers who have come to listen to the greatest virtuosos of the piano: Evgeny Kissin, Nikolai Lugansky, Alexandre Tharaud, Hélène Grimaud, Mauricio Vallina, Nelson Freire, as well as other...

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The Great King Rene

It is impossible to go to Aix-en-Provence without hearing about the "Great King Rene," as the Provencals called the one who,yet, have never been a king. And yet, he has a strong record of titles! Duke of Bar, Duke of Anjou, Count of Maine, Count of Provence and, very temporarily, King of Naples, Sicily and Jerusalem, he was one of the most important lords of the French kingdom in the fifteenth century. He was also the friend of King Charles...

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