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Destination guide

Aix-en-Provence – a thinker's welcome to Provence

Prepare to exercise the brain cells in studious Aix-en-Provence. Even the babbling fountains in this patchwork of 17th-century mansions, soaring belfries and neoclassical boulevards are usually enough to turn the head and get you thinking. Artistic and grand, there's more than 40 water features across town, a legacy of its Roman heritage. Relaxing in the shade of the plane trees of Cours Mirabeau is where you'll discover the folk from the local university knocking back espressos and chin wagging philosophy and painting. And then there are the museums, awash with masterpieces by Cezanne – born here in 1839 – and ancient relics alike. Aix-en-Provence holiday rentals await.

Things to do

Museums abound in Aix-en-Provence

Once you're done weaving between the cafes and gilded fountains, Aix-en-Provence's more cerebral side awaits. It's got all the enthralling exhibits you'd expect of the onetime home of the revered French master Paul Cezanne. Start at the Hotel de Caumont, a handsome 18th-century mansion that's laden with sumptuous interiors and world-class touring collections. The Granet Museum should be next on the list, with its impressionist wonders – Cezanne included – and venerable menagerie of pre-Roman relics related to local Celtic tribes.

Activities

Getting lost in the streets of Aix-en-Provence

Turn one corner and you're shrouded by centuries-old mansions dressed in honey-coloured stone. Turn another and there's the bustle of the Cours Mirabeau, an almost impressionist medley of moving people and buzzing Parisian cafes. These are the pleasures of getting lost in the historic heart of Aix-en-Provence. You'll discover local flower markets wafting the scent of Provencal lavender into the arcades. You'll find bubbling fountains ringed by aperitif spots offering you the chance to imbibe some potent local pastis. You'll uncover crooked squares and formidable lion statues. It's a joy.

Weather

A climate to fall for in Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence really does have a climate to envy. Warm summers regularly see the mercury rise to over 30 degrees, not to mention hardly any rain at all – prime time if you're looking for a villa with a pool in the surrounding Provencal countryside. What's more, while the crowds drop off, things stay hot for autumn and warm up early in spring. That makes months like May, September and October a welcome choice for booking Aix-en-Provence holiday rentals on the doorstep of the boulevards and museums.

Natural features

Surveying the region from Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence is tucked into the southern lowlands of France, surrounded by beautiful swathes of lavender fields and meadows scented with wild thyme. Such a gorgeous location makes it important to escape the city, which can be done with ease thanks to the proximity of the Montaigne Sainte-Victoire to the east. This rugged ridge of limestone looms above the pine woods. Explore the curious tiny chapel, built into a hermit's cave, and admire the sweeping views of Provence – no wonder it was a muse for Cezanne. Alternatively, the vast Luberon Natural Regional Park beckons with rolling hills, river gorges and prehistoric caves to the north.

How to get there

Transport to and around Aix-en-Provence

Fly into Marseille (MRS-Marseille - Provence), the closest airport, located 12.5 mi (20.2 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Avignon (AVN-Caumont), which is 37.9 mi (61 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, Aix-en-Provence Station, Gardanne Station and Simiane Station are the main stations in the city.

How many holiday rentals are available around Aix-en-Provence?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,271 holiday lettings around Aix-en-Provence. From 436 villas to 1,034 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a rural property in Aix-en-Provence?

If you are searching for an escape from the urban jungle, listen up! Leave all the noisy commotion behind and delight in the gentle sounds of the countryside. HomeAway has 975 rural rental properties in this destination. Alternatively, you might be looking for a different style of holiday setting. HomeAway has no lack of properties to choose from, including:

  • 722 village holiday accommodation options.
  • 494 town holiday accommodation options.
  • 475 city-centre holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house in Aix-en-Provence?

Instead of getting a cookie-cutter, chain hotel room this holiday, you could rent an entire house. You'll be a part of the neighbourhood in no time! There are 988 options currently available on HomeAway. Prices start from £23 per night. If that doesn't fit with your family's taste, we've got a range of different self-catering accommodation options to choose from, such as:

  • Apartment: 557 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £17 per night.
  • Villa: 459 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £25 per night.
  • Bed & breakfast: 100 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £30 per night.

Can I stay in Aix-en-Provence in a large group?

The recipe for a perfect trip is relaxing with friends and relatives in a completely new place. If you're hitting the road with a big group, HomeAway has options for you. Why not have a look at the 245 house holiday rentals listed here? They're the top option for big groups of visitors. Rental options in the area that are suitable for large groups include:

  • If yours is a crew of 6, we have 437 rental properties ideal for that size. Spend a night from just £30.
  • If you have 8 in your crew, you'll be happy to find out that there are 357 holiday rentals that are perfect. Prices start at £73 per night.
  • Searching for rentals suitable for 10 people? You'll be thrilled to discover we have 153 that'll be ideal. You can bag one for as little as £121 per night.

Your whole squad will be well looked after when you book your Aix-en-Provence getaway through us!

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Aix-en-Provence?

HomeAway has a range of great cost-effective options. Treat yourselves to a fancy meal out or extend your holiday with all the dollars you have left over. Centre Ville is a terrific area to check out if you want to keep a handle on your budget. HomeAway has 502 holiday rentals, and the average price is a very affordable £82 per night. Another 579 HomeAway holiday rentals are available in or around Couronne Urbaine. With an average price of £86 per night, you're sure to snatch a deal worth telling your friends about.

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