If you're purely looking for accommodation inspiration, go straight to our guru's list. Otherwise, here are some good reasons to visit, and some of the best places to stay in Aix-en-Provence to enjoy them.
Classy and clever, Aix-en-Provence is like an upmarket, more suburban version of Paris' left bank. All leafy boulevards, grand public spaces and ordered, but lovely, gardens. Aix became a cultural centre in the 15th Century, and has has never lost that high balance of intelligence and creativity per-capita. Zola and Cezanne are Aix's most famous sons.
Aix is also wealthy. The TGV station brings in a lot of people, and some of them are here to treat themselves. In the charming cafes, restaurants and bars on Aix's most expensive street, the Cours Mirabeau; in the upscale boutiques in the beautiful, largely pedestrianised town centre and in the wonderful hotels in the same area. Theses luxurious dwellings are some of the best places to stay in Aix-en-Provence.
Like many Provencal towns the centre of Aix wasn't built to accommodate cars, so the narrow streets and beautiful plazas are all yours. You can probably walk across it in 15minutes, but there are many winding routes, so you can also spend hours getting lost amongst the fascinating buildings.
Aix has three universities and several big French language schools, so it's also a student town. Albeit a grand one. In addition to the swanky cafes there are also more student-y options.
Aix is known for its fountains and gardens. Some of the grandest fountains are on the Cours Mirabeau. The Romans founded this city here partly because of the thermal springs it sits over, and it's these waters which bubble through some of the fountains.
Some of Cezanne's work can be seen hanging in the Manor of Jas de Bouffan, but you can also visit his atelier, where you can see some of the objects he painted in his still lifes.
There's a market in Aix running almost every day of the week, but Saturday is the biggest, when there's a flower market at the Place de l'Hotel de Ville and a fresh produce market at Place Richelme.
The best places to stay in Aix en Provence tend to be fairly upmarket establishments, but we've managed to scour the area and have come up with a few ideas for those with more restricted means.
Still not sure which is for you? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Aix-en-Provence, or call, or email, one of our gurus for advice. Alternatively widen your seach and take a look at all our recommendations in Provence.
Panoramic views over Provencal rooftops, gourmet food, and pop-art inspired rooms at this attractive sandstone bastide. A romantic setting for couples and great venue for a wedding reception.
A rural property set in beautiful gardens boasting open courtyards with shaded seating, old beamed living rooms and a large pool. Bedrooms are light and modern with crisp white linen. A tennis court and gym entertain the active. The restaurant serves local cuisine. The ideal country escape.
Originally a property of Henry III in 1576, and the wealthiest Provencal families - now an opulent guesthouse. The rooms are plushly fitted out, without being excessive: traditional wallpapers and soft colours. 220 hectares of estate to explore, and its wine to sample - experience true Provence.
A flamboyant hotel surrounded by Florentine gardens, terraces, and large pool. Lavish fabrics and a healthy smattering of bold wallpaper give a over wrought luxurious feel to the suites. The restaurant is one of the best in Aix and always full of locals. Romantic and pampering, for a special treat.