How to Spend 1 Day in Aix-en-Provence
From its bustling street cafes and open-air markets to its pedestrian streets and baroque architecture, Aix-en-Provence is quintessential Provence. You can see much of the historic city center in a day and even have time to head out into the Provençal countryside. Here’s how to make the most of one day in Aix-en-Provence.
Morning: Village Sightseeing
Start your exploration of Aix-en-Provence in Vieil Aix (Old Town). Explore the winding cobblestone streets on foot for a visual on why Aix-en-Provence is known as the City of a Thousand Fountains. Other top attractions including the gothic Cathedrale Saint Sauveur and Cardeurs Square. Make your way to hip Cours Mirabeau for lunch. Alternatively, take a guided tour of Aix’s historic city center to learn about its architecture and for insider information on where to dine and shop.
Afternoon: Lavender Fields and Provençal Countryside
The countryside surrounding Aix-en-Provence overflows with vineyards, olive farms, and rolling lavender fields. Valensole Plateau is just under an hour’s drive from Aix-en-Provence and boasts some of Provence's most picturesque lavender fields. See the lavender bloom in July and August or learn about the history and tradition of lavender production and shop for artisan lavender oils any time of the year. Tours often include a sampling of local products made from olives, lavender, and honey.
Night: Gourmet Food and Wine Tastings
There is no better way to enjoy an evening in Aix-en-Provence than tasting and savoring traditional Provencal cuisine. To sample a wide variety of food in Aix, book a culinary tour. As part of the tour, meet local artisans and learn about local food culture while sampling specialties like tapenade, charcuterie, olive oils, regional wine and cheeses, pastis, and more. Don't miss a tasting of navettes, croquants, and calissons, the traditional cookies of Provence.