Side Trips Around Marseille
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Aix en Provence
Elegant town, dating from the Roman times located 30 minutes’ drive from Marseille. Nicknamed the city of a thousand fountains, it used to be the capitol of Provence. Renowned for its distinguished and aristocratic charm, its 17th century mansions, numerous museums and historic monuments. A very popular music festival is held here every July. Aix also has a choice of nice restaurants, stores and 2 cinemas showing films in original version.
7 rue Villars 13100 Aix en Provence
Tel: + 33(0)892 687 270
6 r Laroque 13100 Aix en Provence
Tel: + 33(0)442 266 151
Book In Bar, located close to the famous Cours Mirabeau, Rue Joseph Cabassol, is a nice tea room/ English bookshop.
Tel: +33(0)4 42 12 44 43
Les Baux de Provence
One of the most dramatic medieval perched village in Provence, situated about 1h and a half NW from Marseille. The view on top of this car- free village - of less than 400 inhabitants- is absolutely breathtaking, overlooking the alpine hills and countryside. Some houses are carved into the rocks and the mineral atmosphere of the site is incredibly majestic. The village is home of charming hotels and excellent restaurants, such as:
L’Oustau de la Baumaniere
Chemin departemental 27 13520 Les Baux de Provence
Gorgeous 16th century hotel, with an award winning restaurant (2 stars in the Michelin Guide), serving Provencal creative cuisine. Setting of vaulted dining rooms with stone arches. Outdoor shady terrace. Cooking classes on Sat. mornings. Open for lunch and dinner.
Tel: + 33(0)490 543 307
Le Prince Noir
Rue de Lorme, Cite Haute 13520 Les Baux de Provence
One of the most charming guest houses in Provence located at the top of the village, with amazing views of the Val d’Enfer. Only 3 rooms - all carved out of stone - but the troglodyte feel is softened by the very cozy atmosphere of nice linens, warm wooden furniture and colorful carpets. Rates include French breakfast served in a nice room with a big fireplace and lovely Provencal furniture.
Tel: + 33(0)490 543 957