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Surrounding Aix-en-Provence

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A list of places to visit in an easy day-trip distance from Aix-en-Provence. The distance [km] is given via road from Aix-en-Provence center. One of the farthest on this list, Les Baux-de-Provence is 70 km, about an hour's drive. Our photo (above) is of the village of Cassis, about 45 minutes from Aix on pretty roads.

Aix-en-Provence [0 km] Ville d'Art, city of art, light, with Cours Mirabeau cafes, fountains, museums, old town of markets and ancient sites.

Les Baux-de-Provence [70 km] Ancient fortified village in the Alpilles, with an old village and extensive fortress area to visit. Nearby Carrieres Lumieres, St-Remy. A "Plus Beaux Villages de France".

Cadenet [33 km] A very active little Provencal town, with an interesting setting against red-rock cliffs.

Cassis [50 km] Ancient fishing port, with sandy beaches, the Calanque Provencal fiords, Mediterranean boat excursions, nearby Cosquer prehistoric caves.

Cucuron [35 km] A picturesque, walled Medieval village on the southern edge of the Luberon mountains; a pretty place, interesting and active year-round.

Eygalières [68 km] A very nice little village with interesting Medieval ruins on its hilltop, and popular locally for its weekly Provencal market.

Eyguières [50 km] A medieval village at the eastern end of the Alpilles; with a good feeling of year-round life in a small French village.

Istres [54 km] Ancient and Medieval maritime town with a high fortified church, theatre, a lovely lake-side park and a good paleontological museum.

Jouques [27 km] Medieval village built along the Réal river. Medieval castle Chateau d'If overlooking the village; outdoors monumental staircase; streets for exploring.

Lambesc [23 km] Small town on the farming plains south of the Durance. Automated 17th-c "Jacquemard" tower clock; 18th-c lavoir. 18th-c Baroque Notre-Dame del'Assomption shurch, with organs and 17th-18th-century paintings. A wonderful historical museum.

Lourmarin [39 km] A popular little town in the Vaucluse department, with a Medieval castle A "Plus Beaux Villages de France".

Marseille [32 km] France's principal Mediterranean port, from Phoenician Greek Roman to now; fish market, parks, Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde Basilica, old-port ferryboat.

Martigues [50 km] The Venise de Provence has provencal houses along the canals, many narrow streets, shops and markets.

Pertuis [24 km] A sizable little town, once fortified, with narrow streets, vaulted arches, many 16th-19th century fountains. Office de Tourisme in a 12th-c donjon. A big Friday-morning market.

Peyrolles-en-Provence [22 km] Fortified Medieval village, now a small farming and wine-growing town. 12th century Chapelle du St-Sèpulcre.

Rians [34 km] An old village on a narrow farming plain between the hills northeast of Sainte Victoire and south of the Durance/Verdon hills.

La Roque-d'Anthéron [28 km] Ancient village on the Durance, with the Chateau de Florans hosting (in its park) the annual international piano concert. 2 km east is the 12th-century Cistercian Silvacane Abbey. In the hills 3 km southwest is the 11th-c Chapelle Ste-Anne de Goiron, near ancient troglodyte dwellings.

Roquefavour Aqueduct [13 km] The Roquefavour Aqueduct is a beautiful 19th-century 3-tier stone aqueduct across the Arc river about 10 km west of Aix-en-Provence. Roquefavour, the world's highest stone aqueduct, was built in the style of the Roman Pont de Gard aqueduct as part of the Canal de Marseille.

Saint Chamas [42 km] An ancient fortified town and fishing village, with a direct history from the 5th century. It has a "comb" of rectilinear streets by the port and a 17th-century black powder factory. Nearby Pont Flavien, 1st-century Roman bridge, museum and olive oil mill.

Saint Martin-de-Crau [60 km] A residential farming town in the rich farmlands of the Crau, near Arles and at the edge of the Camargue.

Saint Maximin [40 km] St-Maximin-la-Ste-Baume is a small town with the 13th-c Basilique Ste-Marie-Madeleine, a magnificent 14th-c Royal Convent; pedestrian shopping streets, markets, terrace cafés and restaurants.

Silvacane Abbey [27 km] Former 12th-century Cistercian monastery in the Bouches-du-Rhône, northwest of Aix-en-Provence. One of the "three sisters of Provence" ("les trois soeurs provençales") Cistercian abbeys.

La Tour-d'Aigues [29 km] This small Medieval town in the Southern Luberon has a Renaissance castle sitting in the center, complete with a surrounding [dry] moat.

Vaugines [38 km] A pretty little village beside Lourmarin at against the southern slope of the Luberon mountains, with an ancient stone church.

Vauvenargues [15 km] Picturesque little village, with an imposing 16th-century chateau, a park, and the final residence of Picasso and his wife Jacqueline.

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