Today, The Colivers presents its 7 must-see places in one of Provence’s most charming towns: Aix-en-Provence! Check out the list below:
1 – Cours Mirabeau
The Cours Mirabeau is THE place to be for locals and tourists alike. It is best known for its many fountains, the most imposing of which is the Rotonde. With a basin 32 metres in diameter and a fountain 12 metres high, you won’t want to miss it! Also worth a visit are the Hot Water Fountain, the Fountain of the Nine Cannons and the King René Fountain.
2 – Cézanne’s studio
Paul Cézanne, the world-famous painter and father of modern art, was a native of Aix-en-Provence! Discover the vestiges of his past life in his studio on the hill of Les Lauves, a place full of creativity that saw the birth of many masterpieces…
3 – Saint-Sauveur Cathedral
A Roman Catholic cathedral, Saint-Sauveur was built in the 12th century on the site of the ancient forum. But according to common belief, it was actually built on the remains of a temple dedicated to the god Apollo… A true jewel of the city of Aix, it is home to many wonders in a variety of architectural styles.
4 – The Hôtel de Caumont
Located in the heart of the Mazarin district, the Hôtel de Caumont has been listed as a Historic Monument since 1987. For many years it was a private mansion, then the home of Aix-en-Provence’s conservatoire and dance school, before becoming a venue for temporary exhibitions dedicated to the great names in art, as well as concerts, lectures and musical performances!
5 – Granet Museum
Undoubtedly one of the most illustrious museums in Provence, the Musée Granet – a museum of fine art, archaeology and decorative art – is home to treasures of infinite value. From Picasso to Rembrandt, via the unmissable Paul Cézanne, you can discover the great classics of art from the 11th to the 20th century.
6 – Montagne Sainte-Victoire
Illustrated many times by Cézanne, Mont Sainte-Victoire is the ideal place to get away from it all and enjoy the rich and exceptional vegetation. A (physical) hike will take you to the cross at the top of the mountain, where you’ll discover a breathtaking view.
7 – The Vasarely Foundation
An architectural centre built between 1971 and 1975, the Vasarely Foundation has been listed as a Historic Monument since 2013. The site is a synthesis of the work of contemporary artist Victor Vasarely. The Vasarely Foundation is made up of 16 hexagonal cells that host a variety of events and exhibitions.