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Aix en Provence tours

Gourmet tours

Food lovers will enjoy a gourmet walking tour of Aix, taking in local food stores as well as a visit to the 700-year-old market. There are two themed tours: one that takes in the market, and one that focuses on the best local food addresses as well as wine.

Tel: +33 6 72 83 98 28.
Website: http://www.tastesofprovence.com

Walking tours

Walks led by professional guides are available but should be booked in advance. The tourist office has information on self-guided walks including a Cézanne self-guided walking tour: using the studs in the pavement as a guide, stroll through the streets and follow the main stages of the painter's life in Aix.

Tel: +33 4 42 16 11 61.
Website: http://www.aixenprovencetourism.com

Aix en Provence excursions

Arles

The pretty riverside town of Arles is within easy reach of Aix by train and is renowned for its Roman ruins, including a theatre, amphitheatre and aqueduct. Vincent Van Gogh also made his home here. Its open-air food market on Saturdays and Wednesdays is a huge draw, and the town hosts an international photography festival every year.

Website: http://www.arlestourisme.com

Marseille

Head 30km (18.5 miles) south to Marseille, France's second largest city. Visit the revamped Vieux Port (the old port) or just relax on one of the many beaches. The city's 2013 stint as European Capital of Culture resulted in a major overhaul of the old docks area, now teeming with museums and restaurants.
 

Website: http://www.marseille-tourisme.com

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Hotel Saint-Christophe

This Art Deco-style hotel is only a few steps away from Cours Mirabeau and the Rotonde fountain, and there's a lively brasserie on the ground floor. Rooms are smartly furnished, and some come with balconies or terraces. Those in the luxury category have especially stylish bathrooms with modern stand-alone baths.

Renaissance

Just a few minutes' walk from the Grand Théâtre is this sleek, contemporary five-star hotel with a Michelin-starred restaurant and a spa with an indoor pool and a gym. Its 133 stylish rooms have breezy modern décor, and the garden terrace is a wonderfully relaxing spot for a cocktail.

Le Pigonnet

This gorgeous 18th-century Provençal bastide (country house) has 44 rooms and suites, beautiful gardens and an outdoor swimming pool. Just to the south of Aix, this five-star hotel is within easy walking distance of Cours Mirabeau. There is also a renowned restaurant, a stylish lounge club plus a hammam and fitness area.

Villa Gallici

Located in the north of the city, this elegant and peaceful 17th-century Provençal house features a romantic restaurant, a lavish terrace and a swimming pool. The hotel has 22 rooms and suites overlooking a lavender-scented garden, all of them sumptuously decorated in rich fabrics. It's one place worth splashing out on.

Hotel Cardinal

In a quiet street close to Musée Granet, this two-star hotel is full of old-world elegance. Its traditional décor is all florals and vintage furnishings, which perfectly suit this venerable 18th-century building. Some have original fireplaces and balconies, and the suites come with kitchenettes.

Hotel des Augustins

This tranquil hotel is a stone's throw from the Cours Mirabeau. Housed within the walls of an ancient convent, it is a happy blend of history, architecture and modernity, with 28 individually decorated rooms. If you want to splash out, two of the rooms are loft style and have private terraces.