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The Atelier de Cézanne, the Sainte-Victoire, the Granet Museum, Marseilles, Avignon, Cassis, the French Riviera and the Luberon: Provence awaits you at La Villa Gallici.

City center fontain - Villa Gallici luxury hotel 5 stars Relais&Chateaux Aix en Provence
Calanque Cassis - Villa Gallici luxury hotel 5 stars Relais&Chateaux Aix en Provence

Hotel close to the Atelier Cézanne
in Aix-en-Provence: tourism

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To visit

From our luxury hotel in Aix-en-Provence, enjoy easy access to the town which used to be home to King René, with its major museums and tourist sites. Thanks to its central location, it is also possible to visit Provence: from the Camargue to the Luberon, via the Alpilles, the French Riviera and its rocky coves, enjoy a unique experience in the South of France.


In Aix-en-Provence:

Access the centre of Aix-en-Provence in just a few minutes. Let yourself be charmed by this town's very special atmosphere and stroll around its picturesque streets, from the fountains to the lively squares. In the heart of the old town, discover the Tour de l’Horloge, the town's old belfry, as well as Saint-Sauveur Cathedral.

Tour de l'horloge

In the heart of the Mazarin neighbourhood, pay a visit to Place des Quatre Dauphins at the centre of which stands a magnificent fountain. Another must is the Rotonde fountain, which dominates the famous Cours Mirabeau.

In the surroundings:

When talking about Aix-en-Provence, it is impossible not to mention the Sainte-Victoire Mountain. It was made famous be the artist Paul Cézanne, who painted a multitude of "portraits" of it. On foot, by car, or by mountain bike, do not miss this emblem of Provence.

Montagne Sainte Victoire Villa Gallici

Take advantage of Aix-en-Provence’s central location to visit the region. In Avignon, discover the famous Popes' Palace and the world-famous Saint-Bénezet Bridge. Not far away, the village of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence offers a typical Provencal atmosphere, much appreciated by artists.

At the foot of the Alpilles, Les Baux-de-Provence, a famous medieval village built at the summit of a rocky peak, will delight you with its authentic character and tourist facilities.

Marseilles is also very close by: the Phocean city is packed with surprises, such as Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, which watches over the Old Port, the Canebière, and the picturesque neighbourhood of the Panier.

Moreover, since a few, Marseille has a new treasure : Le MUCEM.

A Museum, three sites: The heart of the new museum was built by the architect Rudy Ricciotti and reppresents a place dedicated to the discovery of the major steps of Mediterranean civilizations place.

The Fort Saint-Jean,  famous historical monument dating from the twelfth century marks the second step of the visit, which, through its amazing landscape, offers the wealth of collections of arts and popular traditions.

The tour ends in the neighborhood of Belle de Mai, which houses the Centre for Conservation and Resources (CCR), designed by architect Corinne Vezzoni.

On both sides of Marseilles, treat yourself to a privileged moment in the rocky coves of the coast. The ones in Cassis are particularly famous, as much for their turquoise waters as their well-preserved natural environment.

Cassis Villa Gallici

Set out on an excursion around the Luberon. Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and its antiques market, Lourmarin, Gordes, Ansouis and its castle, Cadenet, Fontaine-de-Vaucluse all extend a warm invitation to visitors.

Champ de lavande Villa Gallici

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Leisure activities

After visits or if you just want to cool down, La Villa Gallici invites you to take advantage of its outdoor swimming pool. In the shade of the cypress trees, lulled by the song of the cicadas and the fragrance of lavender, take advantage of a soothing and relaxing moment. The hotel also has a gym, ideal for keeping fit throughout your stay.

For your evening activities, pay a visit to one of the many nightclubs in Aix-en-Provence. Guaranteed ambience and effervescence!

The most athletic guests also have the opportunity to try out the many sports activities. The coast and the sea are only a fifteen minute drive away. Many footpaths and mountain biking trails are also available. And, golf enthusiasts have not been forgotten: the famous Pont-Royal course, designed by Severiano Ballesteros, is about thirty kilometres away, in Mallemort.

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Gastronomy

At La Villa Gallici, enjoy a stay surrounded by the flavours of Provence. Taste the local specialities, such as aioli, pistou soup, pompe à l’huile, calissons, navettes, poutargue, olive oil, the 13 desserts and fougasse. Dishes and products packed with sunshine which will take you on a journey around Provence.

Also, take advantage of your stay to taste some local vintages. Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence A.O.C wines. The Pays d’Aix produces some great red wines made with several grape varieties, as well as fruity rosé wines.

If you want to buy some of these products, please contact reception for advice.

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Shopping

In Provence, Aix is renowned for being the capital of fashion and shopping. Leading luxury brands have established their base here, in particular in the triangle formed by Rue Fabrot, Rue Marius Reynaud and the Cours Mirabeau. Off-the-peg fashion stores or haute couture boutiques, prestigious jewellers, famous shoemakers: you will be spoilt for choice. All just a few minutes' walk from La Villa Gallici!

The town centre's streets are also lined with shops of all kinds. Take a stroll and enjoy a drink or a snack on a terrace, for example, on the Cours Mirabeau, where there are many well-established bars and restaurants.

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Art

With its special light and landscapes, Provence has often inspired artists and writers. Emile Zola, Pablo Picasso, Paul Cézanne and many others have helped to forge the unchanging image of this land drenched in sunlight. Some of their works can be viewed near your hotel.

La Villa Gallici is just 500 metres from the Atelier Cézanne. Originally from Aix-en-Provence, this artist immortalised the Sainte-Victoire and many other landscapes in Provence. Visit his studio and follow the itinerary around the town devoted to the artist.

Some of Cézanne's works are preserved at the Granet Museum, such as his "Bathers". Be sure to visit this institution devoted to Fine Arts.

Another ambience, another venue: the Vasarely Foundation will amaze you with its avant-garde architecture and its original artistic events.

Finally, not far from Aix-en-Provence, enjoy a visit to Vauvenargues Castle, where Picasso lived before being buried there.

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Events

Aix-en-Provence and its region welcome many events throughout the year. Below are just a few of our suggestions:

  • Provencal market: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning
  • Artisan à ciel Ouvert (craft market): June
  • Chorégies d’Orange: June-July-August
  • Festival International d’Art Lyrique (opera festival): July
  • Avignon Festival: July
  • Danse à Aix (dance festival): July-August
  • La Roque-d’Anthéron International Piano Festival: July-August
  • Festival de la Chanson Française (music festival): October
  • Santon Market: December
  • Festival de la Bande-Dessinée (cartoon festival): March-May
  • Easter Festival
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