Aix-en-Provence has a TGV station (France’s high speed train network), which is 8km from the centre of town but regularly served by shuttle bus, meaning you can hurtle towards the South of France at record speed. Paris is regularly served by Eurostar trains from the South of England, so it makes a good connecting city to begin your onward journey. The airport Marseille-Provence is 25km away but equally well-served by shuttle bus, so even if you choose to fly you will be ensured a pleasant and stress-free experience - especially important with young children in tow. The town of Marseille is within very easy reach, and as well as being a good place to explore has train connections to almost all major French cities and towns. Once arrived and settled, much of Aix is accessible on foot or by bus. Stay at the Hotel Campanile AIX EN PROVENCE OUEST - Jas de Bouffan as it is only 3km from the centre.
Provencal cuisine is very similar to Greek or Italian cuisine with fish, olives, and Mediterranean vegetables eaten in abundance. Locally grown, seasonal produce form the base for lots of dishes in the city’s restaurants, but each establishment puts a unique slant on traditional meals. In the summer, alfresco dining is encouraged. What a perfect location in which to sample some of France's most delicious foods!
August brings Les Instants d’Été to Aix-en-Provence, a month-long festival of open-air performances such as theatre, dance, and video projections. In good weather, this is an opportunity not to be missed, providing a great impression of many aspects of French culture and arts.
We know a lot about the history of Aix En Provence, including most famously its mark as the birthplace of artist Paul Cezanne. However, recent archeological finds have shown us that we are far from knowing everything about the city – excavations in Ville des Tours (a medieval Suburb of Aix) have uncovered the remains of a roman amphitheatre.