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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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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 real patchwork of architectural styles, which will fascinate the experts as well as the novices ones. You can notice it from the...

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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 ... A real poem !Among the very wide range of these Provençal...

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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 from the fifteenth century. There are now no fewer than 23 fountains, which have made the reputation of this place. The oldest part of the...

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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 instrumentalists of international renown.The La Roque d'Anthéron festival is particularly appreciated by the public due to the...

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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 VII, his brother-in-law, with whom he participated in the Hundred Years War. During the last ten years of his life, the Great King Rene shared his time...

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The international opera festival of Aix-en-Provence

Established in 1948, the international opera festival of Aix-en-Provence has become one of the highlights of the international opera lovers' calendar, bringing together tens of thousands of enthusiasts every year.Originally, the festival was under the auspices of Mozart and the first work was Cosi fan tutte. The performances took place in the open court in the courtyard of the Archbishopric. The festival has gradually gained on the city, ringing out the most beautiful voices of lyrical art in the cathedral of Saint-Sauveur, on the Place des Quatre-Dauphins, Place des Cardeurs, at the bottom...

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Shopping in the Provençales Alleys

Building an ultra-modern neighborhood located just a short walk away from a two-thousand-year-old historic center was already a challenge in itself, but this neighborhood actually sheltering a great open-air shopping center seemed to be an impossible mission. Aix-en-Provence nevertheless managed its bet by implanting in 2007, right next to the historic district of Tanners and the very chic Mazarin neighborhood, the property complex of "Allées Provençales" ( Provençales Alleys ), now a real leisure activity place and an animated space for the Aixois. The Provençales Alleys are in reality...

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Trips from Aix-en-Provence

The tourist office of Aix-en-Provence makes a list of numerous excursions from Aix-en-Provence so as to discover its wonderful region. One day or half a day; in French, in English or even in Japanese; in the fields of lavender, on the wine road, in the gorges of the Verdon or on the bridge of Gard: Provence will have no more secrets for you!You can then go on the plateau of Valensole to walk among the huge fields of lavender, before discovering the earthenware workshops of the village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie.A walk in the footsteps of Cézanne suggests to make you discover the...

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The Vasarely Foundation

The green neighborhood of Jas-de-Bouffan, which had already seen the beginning of the work of the painter Paul Cézanne, has inspired another artist: the Hungarian plastic artist Victor Vasarely, known throughout the world as the creator of optical art. This nonstandard genius did not conceive the art as a solitary activity, and therefore he wanted to share his work with the greatest number of people by building a new kind of place which is called a "polychrome city of happiness", whose aim was to " Fight against the visual nuisance, make more beautiful the artificial environment ". As a...

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The Granet Museum

The history of the Granet Museum is that of the erudite Aixois passionately attached to their city. Born in the middle of the XIXth century, installed in the very chic and new Mazarin district, within the former priory of Malta, in fact the museum has been establisehd from the gifts and bequests of wealthy inhabitants of the city - mostly parliamentarians. Among them, the painter François-Marius Granet, a pupil of Jacques-Louis David and a friend of Girodet and Ingres, bequeathed to Aix-en-Provence his collection of paintings - many of which went to the Louvre. A portrait of this generous...

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In the footsteps of Cézanne

It is impossible to pass by Aix-en-Provence without becoming permeated by the soul of its most famous artist who is none other than the painter Paul Cézanne, who was born there in 1839 and died there in 1906. Three places put the spotlight on life and the works of the man who said he wanted to "astonish the Parisians with an apple" and that finally marked the whole world.The Atelier des Lauves, located at the north of the city center, on the Lauves hill, is the artist's last workshop. He settled there in 1902 and painted there until his death. Peaceful, bathed in light, the place marks...

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Provencal markets

In addition to its sumptuous landscapes, its climate that makes jealous every city-dweller and its sweet life, one of the main attractive feature of Provence is its gastronomy. Tapenade, anchoïade, aïoli, ratatouille, pissaladière, brissaouda, bouillabaisse, soup with pistou, Poutargue of Martigues, andouillettes with Provençale, moutounesse, calissons of Aix, shuttles of Marseilles, Galapian d'Apt ... As many indicative names that resonates like the guarantee of  a happy stomach in the sun!In order to savor all these local deliciousness, rendez-vous at the many markets of...

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