Only One Day to Spend in Aix-en-Provence
Aix-en-Provence in One Day
It’s surprising to me that when people come to Provence, their tours are often so short. Travelling from the Côte d’ Azur to Marseilles, to Aix-en-Provence, to Montpelier, to St. Rémy, to the Luberon, to Avignon, and all the quaint villages in between is a pretty tall order.
One destination that seems to be on everyone’s travel list is Aix-en-Provence. Simply known as “Aix,” the city has a bit of everything that makes Provence special: history, art, amazing architecture and charming Provençal markets.
Continue reading here for suggestions on what to do in Aix-en-Provence if all you have is one day. Although we would never recommend spending so little time in the city of art and water, sometimes that is all you have. Aix-en-Provence is famous for its daily markets where you can buy everything and anything from soap to spices. Fishmongers bring fresh catch straight from the Mediterranean Sea. You can follow the seasons, and local chefs, at the fresh produce stands. The market in Place Richelme is our personal favourite.
Aix is known as the city of art for good reason, but the best of all is probably because this was the place where Paul Cézanne lived, worked and eventually died. Sadly, there are not many of his famous pieces located at the Musée Granet, but that should not stop you from visiting the museum’s permanent collection as well as temporary works.
Have a drink in the Cours Mirabeau. This streetscape has changed considerably over the years but retains much of its former architectural elegance. The iconic spot for a cocktail is Brassiere les Deux Garçons, the café-bar-restaurant that opened its doors in 1792 and has been frequented by many famous names over the years.