Your stay in Aix
During your visit, you’ll find a thousand and one ways to enrich your experience in Aix and in the region of Provence: extend the magic of an evening at the Festival by staying in a hotel in the heart of the old town or in the surrounding Provençal landscape, share your impressions with your friends around a colourful meal as you sit in the shade at an outdoor restaurant, discover the treasures and the exceptional heritage of the Pays d’Aix, or immerse yourself in the age-old charm and allure of Aix.
PLANNING YOUR STAY
To make the most of your stay during the Festival, check out some of our partners’ websites for suggestions on restaurants, outings and excursions, and more general tips, in Aix-en-Provence and the region:
GETTING TO THE FESTIVAL D’AIX
To get to the Festival d’Aix, we encourage you to use public transport or forms of soft mobility whenever possible.
BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT
— COACH OR BUS
Whether you’re arriving from the city of Marseille, from Marseille Provence Airport or from Aix-en-Provence TGV station, many coaches and buses will take you to downtown Aix-en-Provence and help you move around the city easily. The bus station is located five minutes away from the Grand Théâtre de Provence, the Conservatoire and the Pavillon Noir, and 15 or 20 minutes away from the other Festival venues.
FIND YOUR ROUTE (in French)
Downtown Aix-en-Provence is also served by several local and regional trains. The train station is located in the city centre, 10 or 15 minutes away from all the Festival venues.
Diablines are eco-friendly, fully electric vehicles. In conjunction with regular transport lines, they weave through the narrow, pedestrian streets in the heart of Aix and take you as close as possible to your destination. They operate from Monday to Saturday (excluding public holidays) from 8:30a.m. to 7:30p.m.
LEARN MORE (in French)
The city of Aix-en-Provence is developing ‘Lignes Aixoises’, a large network of bike paths that connect the city centre with surrounding neighbourhoods and towns. In addition, specific parking spaces have been allocated for bicycle parking.
LEARN MORE (in French)
The Aix Festival encourages you to carpool whenever possible. Just sign up on any carpooling site or app, and look for or offer a ride to the Festival.
OFFER A RIDE (in French)
— PARKINGS-RELAIS (“PARK-AN-RIDE”)
Located at the main entry points to the city, parking-relais are closed, guarded, well-lit car parks. They coordinate with frequent and free shuttle buses to city centre. Be sure to check the carpark hours and the bus schedules before heading to your performance venue.
LEARN MORE (in French)
— CAR PARKS
There are 9,500 parking spaces located in downtown Aix.
EXTEND YOUR STAY
Take advantage of your visit to Aix to discover the wonders of our city and its beautiful region.
DISCOVER THE FOUNTAINS OF AIX
Referred to as the ‘City of a Thousand Fountains’ and the ‘City of Water’, Aix-en-Provence, with its 250 public and private fountains, has one of the highest concentrations of fountains of all cities in Europe. You can see 10 major fountains on a walking tour offered by the Aix-en-Provence Tourist Office.
STROLL ALONG THE MARKET STALLS
Aix has its fountains, but it also has its markets! Seven days a week, markets offering an array of products —food, flowers, textiles, crafts, and antiques and collectibles — come one after another, to the great delight of Aix natives and of visitors to the city.
EXPAND YOUR KNOWLEDGE IN THE MUSEUMS OF AIX
Aix-en-Provence is also home to numerous museums and art centres that are well worth the visit. These spaces offer a two-fold experience: the opportunity to see permanent and temporary exhibitions, and to discover historical buildings and architectural works.
The former Palais de l’Archevêché (archbishop’s palace) — which houses the Théâtre de l’Archevêché, in which The Threepenny Opera and Così fan tutte will be performed this summer — also hosts the Musée des Tapisseries (Museum of Tapestries). In honour of the 75th anniversary of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the museum is presenting an exhibition around Così fan tutte — the first opera performed at the Festival’s creation in 1948 — from 13 May to 24 September 2023.
SEE MONTAGNE SAINTE-VICTOIRE UP CLOSE
Reaching a height of 1,011 metres, Montagne Sainte-Victoire — Cézanne’s muse and the symbol of Provence — stands only a dozen kilometres outside of Aix-en-Provence. You won’t want to miss its exceptional panoramic view and diverse flora and fauna.
TAKE A MOMENT AND RELAX BY THE SEA
For a complete Provençal experience, take a jaunt to Marseille or its surrounding calanques to see the Mediterranean Sea. For a moment of relaxation, treat yourself to any of the numerous aquatic activities— take a stroll along the beach or go swimming, snorkelling or scuba diving — before heading back to Aix-en-Provence for a night at the opera or a concert.