Discover our local Gay Aix-en-Provence Guide and insiders’ recommendations, for best gay bars, beaches and clubs, restaurants, museums, monuments, shopping …
Aix-en-Provence is the cultural capital of Provence Region, even if it competes for this title with Marseille, the big city looking out to the sea.
With almost 150,000 inhabitants, it is undeniably one of the most beautiful cities in the South of France.
The city has been prosperous for centuries.
The streets around Cours Mirabeau, and in the Mazarin district are filled with gorgeous private mansions, sumptuous palaces, beautiful churches, and elegant squares.
Aix-en-Provence has been a spa town since Roman times, and you will see beautiful fountains all over the city.
The city is famous for its museums, renovated in recent years.
You can visit the Granet Museum for its Cézanne, Mondrian, Picasso or Kandinski paintings.
However, in our opinion, the masterpiece is the “Jupiter and Thetis” of Ingres, which shows a beautiful beard and muscular god, which might appear in some gay club’s flyer.
The sculpture gallery is terrific, with beautiful warriors, kings and half-naked shepherds.
The Museum of Tapestries, which exhibits 17th and 18th-century pieces, is also impressive both for its architecture and the quality of its collections.
The Victor Vasarely Foundation is a must to discover the psychedelic art of the seventies and admire those large paintings that seem to have been conceived during a rise.
Another attraction of the city is the superb and surprising Saint-Sauveur Cathedral and its cloister.
After the visit of museums, stroll through the narrow streets, and you will discover Renaissance buildings, lovely carved doors or a superb and often expensive shops and restaurant.
In the evening, get a drink at “Café Les Deux Garçons” (The two boys), which has been a landmark of the city since 1792.
The terrace is delightful, but you must get inside to admire XIXth century golden woodwork.
On weekends, a visit to the food market is essential, to buy or taste Provencal products. People throng around the stalls of local fruits, vegetables, delicatessen, cheeses, honey, jams, olives, tapenade, calissons …
You will find here all the products of the Provençal terroir to make you fat and happy. You will go to the gym when you get home.
The Aix-en-Provence Lyrical Art Festival takes place every summer and is considered one of the most prestigious in Europe.
The concerts and shows are breathtaking and performed in great open-air settings such as the courtyard of the Archbishop’s residence.
Ticket prices are breathtaking as well. If you can afford it, book your tickets a long time in advance.
Day trip from Aix-en-Provence
If you have a car, a tour of the Montagne Sainte-Victoire is essential. You will discover a preserved nature and all landscapes that inspired many artists.
To lose the fat you get after your trip to the food market, You can try a beautiful bike ride or trekking.
You can go a little further to explore Luberon, a stylish and posh part of France, with postcard villages and preserved landscapes.
Gay life in Aix-en-Provence
The atmosphere in Aix is very gay-friendly, even if there is few100% gay venues.
A good night starts with a drink at the Cours Mirabeau, then a perfect restaurant in a shaded courtyard of the old town or in a village in the surrounding countryside.
After that, you can consider driving to Marseille where you can find popular gay venues.
To know a bit more about France, you can have a look as well on our Gay City guides for Nice, Paris, Versailles, Lyon, Nantes, Strasbourg, Montpellier, or Toulouse. Or even for smaller cities such as Cannes, Biarritz, Deauville, Grenoble or Lille.