Attractions & Activities in Aix-de-Provence

The city is sometimes also referred to as the city of the thousand fountains. In a surrounding where water is scarce and precious because of the long hot, summers, Aix always had been supplied by its many springs. Throughout the towns over 40 fountains can be found in all shapes and sizes. One of the most famous of these fountains is the hot water fountain from which the hot waters of the Bagniers spring flow. The roundabout fountain is without a doubt the most imposing one. The three main activities of the city are represented by the fountains statues; Justice, Agriculture and Fine Arts.

Museums

Aix-en-Provence has several museums and galleries, and is a great destination for history and art lovers. The Natural History museum, set in the magnificent Hotel Boyer d’ Eguille, hosts a unique collection of Dinosaur fossils and a great collection of fish, insects and fossilized plants found in the Aix Region. Situated in an old marvelous townhouse the collection of the Old Aix Museum consist of many objects, such as earthenware, cribs, costumes, furniture and many more, reminding of the traditions of Aix and its lands.

The studio of Paul Cezanne

Cézanne, with his complicated personality, was considered a loner and a lunatic by the citizens of Aix. He was obsessed with the nearby limestone mountain, Mt. Sainte-Victorie and tried his whole live to capture the mountain on Canvas. Four years before he died, Cézanne built a studio on the edge of Aix with view over the Mt. Sainte- Victorie The studio has high ceilings and a window to let the Northern light in. It was here that Cézanne painted his most important work. Cézanne is renowned for his still lifes of fruit and today the studio still holds his two easels, paint boxes, pallets and some of the original object used for his paintings.