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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 of Jews who have passed in this place before leaving for Auschwitz. The "free zone" will send no fewer than...

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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 the iron work of the staircase leading to the floor of the temporary exhibitions, as well as the dome of the...

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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. Very picturesque, with its church, castle and windmill, it attracts every year curious holidaymakers who take advantage of the...

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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 also bring in your suitcases a little sun with aromatic herbs, olive oils and local wines. Explosion of flavors...

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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 the beach of Rouet, where you can find sand and pebbles.The beaches of La Couronne are much appreciated by holiday makers and the inhabitants of...

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