The Aix-en-Provence region of France lies in the Bouches-du-Rhone region of Provence. Set inland from the coast, the Aix-en-Provence has lost none of its charm to the incessant crowds of summer tourists that plague the coastline, yet is awash with attractions and within half an hour of some of the Cote d’Azur’s finest beaches. Visitors can find fantastic Provence villas in Aix-en-Provence with a wide range of facilities to make their Provence holidays memorable.
The forests of Vauvenargues and the hills of the Massif de la Sainte Baume mean that holiday rentals in Aix-en-Provence are of huge appeal to anyone wishing to get out into the beautifully unspoilt landscapes of the south of France, from the dramatic gorges to the peaceful, shaded woodlands, the rugged open plains to the vineyard covered slopes. Whether you wish to explore on foot, by bicycle or on horseback, equipment is available throughout the area, as are guides, tour groups and route maps. All information about getting out into the countryside from an Aix-en-Provence property rental can be found at the Aix-en-Provence tourist information centre. The natural park of Luberon is known as one of the best places to walk in the whole of France.
Cooking and cuisine has always been of great importance in the region, and whilst you shall never tire of the fantastic range of restaurants available, one of the best ways to explore the region’s gastronomic delights is by taking one of Aix-en-Provence’s excellent cooking courses. There are many on offer, and once you have mastered a couple of local delicacies, you can find quality ingredients in the plethora of local weekly markets which tour the villages and towns of Aix-en-Provence.
During your stay in Aix-en-Provence accommodation, there are plenty of opportunities for a little exercise after a hearty Provencial meal too. There are many swimming pools and tennis courts on which to play, and the Aix-en-Provence area is known for the high quality of its golf courses.
The historic city of Aix-en-Provence is remarkably beautiful. Aix was the provincial capital for many years, and the great wealth of the city can be immediately recognised in the beautiful villas, mansions and gardens build by wealthy merchants during the 15th century. Aix-en-Provence has a remarkable artistic heritage too, and annual festivals of International Lyric Art and Music and the Aix-en-Provence Dance Festival draw huge international crowds each year. During these periods, Aix-en-Provence accommodation is like gold dust.
The beautiful Provencial village of Eguilles cannot fail to endear visitors. Surrounded by woodland and with wonderful weekly markets, Eguilles is the perfect place from which to enjoy the best of walking, cycling, riding and mountain biking in Aix-en-Provence.
An Aix-en-Provence holiday rental in the village of Fuveau is a golfer’s dream. The nearby golf course of Chateau de l’Arc is an excellent 18 hole golf course in the heart of the countryside, with magnificent views across the dark peaks of Mount Sainte-Victoire.
Marseille’s Marignane Airport (MRS) is the largest airport serving the Aix-en-Provence region, with direct flights arriving from the UK on a regular basis, daily throughout the much of the year. There is no need to take a hire car from the airport for an Aix-en-Provence holiday, but for those wishing to explore the whole region, a hire car is a particularly good option.