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Ideally located in the heart of Aix en Provence, surrounded by a beautiful Mediterranean garden, the 4-star Aquabella Hotel & Spa with its comfortable 108 rooms is one of the unsuspecting refuges and the starting point for a carefree stroll in the city. dear to Cezanne.
Our 4-star boutique hotel Aquabella Hotel & Spa opens all year round, offers you a unique stay where everything is designed to think only of you.
The 4-star Aquabella Hotel & Spa has 1060 m2 of reception rooms for the organization of your seminars, study days, cocktails but also gala meals, weddings, baptisms, communions ...
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2 rue des étuves, 13100 Aix en Provence
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Culture and heritage
Why come to Aix en Provence:
To be moved in places impregnated with Cézanne
Push the door of Cézanne's studio and enter into the intimacy of the artist. Discover the house that saw him become a painter by exploring the garden and the Bastide family of Jas de Bouffan. Admire some of his works in the space dedicated to him at the Granet Museum. About the careers of Bibémus, let Cézanne's eye act on yours facing Ste-Victoire.
To discover an Art Center in an 18th century gem
At the heart of the Mazarin district, the Hôtel de Caumont-Center d'Art invites you to immerse yourself in the intimate atmosphere of a private mansion. A sober and elegant exterior decoration, a richly decorated interior, the former Hotel de Caumont was the subject of a major restoration program to restore its former splendor. This exceptional site will offer each year two temporary exhibitions dedicated to the great names of art. You will also find a tea room, a lounge bar and a nice bookstore.
To stroll in the old town
Aix-en-Provence is an invitation to travel back in time.
In the light of a privileged climate, Aix-en-Provence reveals its elegance along the always lively streets and places.
History here is the theater of a daily newspaper where marry the pleasures of shopping and the nobility of the inheritance, the happiness of a terrace and the architectural beauties, the strolls in town and the baroque marvels. It is ranked 3rd set of Baroque architecture in France, after Paris and Versailles.
Each fountain has its secrets, each particular hotel has its stories. Bastides dress in parks and gardens as in ancient times.
To reveal all secrets of city, go to meet its history with one of our guide speakers approved by the Ministry of Culture and Communication or one of our street storytellers.
To whet your curiosity, here are some themes of the guided tours that we propose: Feasts and decorations of mansions, Libertines and courtesans and our essential In the footsteps of Cézanne ...
To visit one of the most beautiful museums in France
At the turn of the street of Italy, near Cours Mirabeau, you will find the Granet museum. Located in the former palace of Malta, it now houses collections from the fourteenth to the twentieth century, works by Rembrandt, Ingres, Cezanne and the donation of Cezanne to Giacometti.
The modern art collection of the Granet Museum has expanded considerably with the deposit of the collection of Jean Planque, Swiss painter and collector. It is presented in an old chapel near the Museum: real gems of Aix architecture recently restored seventeenth. It has some 300 paintings, drawings and sculptures from the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, Degas and Redon to major artists of the 20th such Bonnard, Rouault, Picasso, Braque, Dufy, Laurens, Leger, Klee, Bissière, Staël or Dubuffet ...
To see in a different way at the Vasarely Foundation
Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of optical art at the heart of the lumino-kinetic building imagined by Victor Vasarely. Listed as a historic monument, this architectonic center in Aix-en-Provence is made up of sixteen hexagonal modules, imbedded in a gigantic construction game, which present 44 monumental architectural integrations.
CREATION OF SANTONS
The creations of santons of the Maison Fouque are known and collected all over the world.
For 4 generations, the Fouque family has been perpetuating a unique and ancestral know-how in the strictest respect of the Art of Santon. Visit Fouque House, labeled Living Heritage Company allows the public to discover live all stages of the manufacture of the famous Coup de Mistral ©, emblem and exclusive creation of Maison Fouque since 1952, considered the masterpiece of the art of the santon.
An exhibition of the large family nativity scene and table of 13 desserts is open free of charge throughout the year to the public recreating the soul and climate of Provence.
On site, visit the workshop, exhibition, sale of santons and medals of the Monnaie de Paris.
BENEDICTION OF THE CALISSONS
Every year the calisson receives a blessing. To attend, meet on the first Sunday of September at Saint Jean Church in Malta.
THE 13 DESSERTS
From honey to quince, from pump to oil to shuttles, from calissons to nougats, don't forget chocolates, from wine to cooked wine, from olive oils and poultry, all products and traditional Christmas desserts delight the taste buds of young and old.
Traditionally, it is at the return of midnight mass that the 13 desserts are tasted. The number 13 is highly symbolic since it represents the number of guests of the Last Supper: the Messiah surrounded by his 12 apostles. The 13 desserts appear at the beginning of the 19th century in the city of Marseille, door of the Orient, which opens first to the exotic world by consuming dates, oranges and mandarins.
Place François Villon. The alleys.
List of 13 desserts:
- dried fruits called the four beggars, by analogy with the robes of the mendicant orders: the raisins for the Dominicans, the dried figs for the Franciscans, the hazelnuts or walnuts for the Augustinians and the almonds for the Carmelites
- the oil pump or gibassie
- white and black nougat
- quince paste
- white grapes
- Christmas melon
- oranges or tangerines
- Aix calissons.
Near the bust of Frédéric Mistral and the Oustau de Prouvènço, this traditional festival highlights a culture enriched over the ages, which is transmitted proudly from one generation to another.
Wine & Gastronomy
From olive growing to aioli, the oil pump, Aix en Provence and its region will delight you taste buds.
Many wine-producing Châteaux open their doors to the general public, with for some, like Château Lacoste at Puy Ste Réparade, a breathtaking cultural tour through the vineyards.
A blend of candied almonds and melons with the scent of orange blossom, the calisson is a concentrate of the sun all by itself. This is THE great specialty of Aix-en-Provence.
Push the door of a confectionery or a craft factory and discover the inimitable taste of this delicacy.
Did you know ? Every year the calisson receives a blessing. To attend, meet on the first Sunday of September at Saint Jean Church in Malta.
FOLLOW THE ROAD OF LOCAL PRODUCTS
Throughout this circuit of 80 km, you will walk the Provencal villages. The craftsmen make you discover their productions, the artists their works and the castles open their doors for you. Put your senses on the alert!
From Aix, join Venelles and its Liquoristerie de Provence. You can visit the aromatic garden, as well as the maceration tanks and finish with a tasting. The Jardin d'Éguilles, where abundant and varied vegetation abounds, welcomes the works of the contemporary artist Max Sauze. Visits are open all year by appointment. In Saint-Cannat, Château de Beaupré has been producing powerful wines for 4 generations. You can also discover gourmet products: olive oil, tapenade, jam ... Head to Coudoux and its oil mill where you will be explained the processes and stages of manufacture of the oil. The old castle of the medieval village of Cabriès was destroyed at the end of the 12th century and rebuilt in the 17th century. Today it houses the collection of painter Edgar Melik. The price of entry is reduced if you hold the Pass Card, available at the Tourist Offices, museums, sites and monuments participating in the operation.
Leisure and entertainment
ENJOY ANIMATION NOCTURNE
In Aix-en-Provence, the mild climate also invites you to enjoy the evenings. With a Pasino (its gaming rooms, slot machines, auditorium, restaurants), 3 cinemas, more than 10 discos, its many bars and pubs, not to mention the theaters, theaters and cafe-theater, Aix promises to night owls very beautiful nights.
Impossible to spend a summer in the south of France without feeling the jack. The petanque is often practiced between friends, accompanied by a pastis, or family to perpetuate the tradition.
FESTIVAL OF LYRIC ART every year in July in the charming course of the Archbishop's Palace at 5 minutes walk from the Hotel.
FESTIVAL DAYS (and nights) CIRCUS with the CIAM school in September each year.
ADMIT THE LANDSCAPES OF VICTORY
The Sainte Victoire mountain is known around the world. It owes its notoriety to the sixty works of Paul Cézanne who stage. If you want to see it from all angles, a car tour (75km) offers great views of the mountains and allows you to visit the villages dominated by its wall.
Leave Aix by the "Route de Cézanne", then join the village of Tholonet and its castle of the eighteenth century. Then admire the most beautiful mountain view from Beaurecueil. After having stopped at the museum space of the Maison Sainte-Victoire in Saint-Antonin-sur-Bayon, continue towards Pourrières through Puyloubier. It was at Pourrières that the Roman General Marius defeated the Teutons in 102 BC. Continue your journey to Vauvenargues where you will see the castle of Picasso and push to Jouques by the Grand Sambuc Pass to join the former residence of the archbishops of Aix.
Fashion, decoration, luxury, delicacies ... Aix-en-Provence is a real "shopping" destination.
The big names in fashion and elegance chose pedestrian streets.
The trendy brands are spreading everywhere, as are the multi-brand boutiques and those of the creators who are also famous in Aix.
The latest shopping district "The Alleys" concentrates large brands.
Aix also offers a wide choice of bookstores, galleries, decoration shops and souvenirs (Spirit of places, Souleiado, Olivades, L'Occitane, Place aux Oils ...).
The famous pastries (Weibel, Béchard, Riederer Philippe Second ...), delicatessens (Jacquèmes ...) and famous calissonniers (Parli, Brémond, the Puyricard chocolate factory) will delight the most gourmands.