The city of Aix-en-Provence is an ancient, elegant city of art with a youthful veneer due to the many universities, art schools and colleges which are found throughout the city. Located 30km north of Marseille in the Bouches-du-Rhone region of Provence, Aix has a turbulent and intriguing history which dates back to the 4th century, evidence of which can readily be seen throughout the city, especially on the cobbled streets of the ancient centre. This is a magnificent town of art and history, which will undoubtedly delight anyone who decides to rent a self catering Aix-en-Provence gite, apartment or villa.
The old centre of Aix is easily compact enough to be explored on foot. There is so much to see in the old town, from the last remaining defensive tower of the original 39 Tourreluquo towers to the 18th century hot water baths of Thermes Sextius, and from the Great Fountain to the 13th century Eglise St Jean de Malte. The Cours Mirabeau, the main centre of Aix, is a lined with fantastic cafes, restaurants and great places to relax away from the glare of the sun, sitting under the shade of the trees watching the world drift by. There are also many shops, markets, theatres and museums to visit during your stay in self catering Aix-en-Provence accommodation too. The markets of Mazarin District are well worth exploring, as are the Granet Museum and the Paul Arbaud Museum.
Market days in Aix-en-Provence fall on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in the Palais de Justice, selling local food, antiques and local crafts. The flower market is a particular favourite for many visitors to an Aix-en-Provence apartment.
There are some magnificent walking trails available from Aix-en-Provence accommodation. There are a number of national hiking trails into the Montagne Sainte-Victoire’s peaks, as well as some fantastic hikes taking you to the Forest of Vauvenargues. All the trails are well marked, and easily found from a gite on Aix-en-Provence’s outskirts and self catering apartments in Aix-en-Provence itself.
There are also two magnificent 18 hole golf courses within range of Aix-en-Provence accommodation. Both the Aix Golf Course and the Golf Club Aix Marseille are within a short drive of the city centre, and both are open to visitors as long as you can produce a handicap certificate.
For family holidays in Aix-en-Provence accommodation, there are plenty of entertainment options. The Adams Scuba Diving Centre, Megaglace skating rink, Aquacity water park and the Ok Corral riding stables offer plenty of activity.
It is hard to resist a quick day trip to Marseille from self catering Aix-en-Provence accommodation, just 30km away. The extensive shopping, top class restaurants, cosmopolitan atmosphere and city beaches make Marseille a hard place to leave, but it really is worth exploring from an Aix-en-Provence gite.
The nearest airport to a self catering Aix-en-Provence gite, apartment or villa is Marseille (MRS), about 20km southwest of the town. There are plenty of cheap flights to be found from the UK to Aix-en-Provence, provided by a range of airlines.