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Visitor Information -- The Office de Tourisme is at Les Allées Provençales, 300 av. Giuseppe Verdi (www.aixenprovencetourism.com; tel. 04-42-16-11-61).

 

City Layout -- Aix’s Old Town is primarily pedestrianized. To the south, it’s bordered by the grand cours Mirabeau, which is flanked by a canopy of plane trees. The city was built atop thermal springs, and forty fountains still bubble away in picturesque squares around town.

Special Events -- The Festival d’Aix, created in 1948 (www.festival-aix.com; tel. 08-20-92-29-23), mid-June through late July, is undoubtedly Aix’s most popular annual event. It features music and opera from all over the world. The Festival Côté Cour (www.festival-cotecour.org; tel. 06-83-60-19-80), runs over the same period, staging concerts from around the world, from jazz and Latin American beats to Provençal baroque and traditional gypsy folk music.

Held for 2 weeks over the Easter holidays, Festival de Pâques (www.festivalpaques.com; tel. 08-20-13-20-13), is Aix’s newest annual festival, celebrating its third edition in 2015. Classical concerts from the likes of Yo-Yo Ma and the Philharmonique de Radio France are performed at Aix's Grand Théâtre de Provence and the Théâtre du Jeu de Paume.

Throughout July and August, Les Instants d'Eté is a series of free open-air movies. Films are screened around town in eight of Aix’s parks and gardens. Contact the Aix Tourist Office for further details.

On the first Sunday in September, Aix celebrates La Grande Fête du Calisson, a festival honoring its traditional local sweet, the calisson. Expect live music, Provençal folk dancing, and plenty of calisson-tasting. Contact the Aix Tourist Office for further details.

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ATMs/Banks -- There are scores of banks in downtown Aix, including three along cours Mirabeau.

Internet Access -- Brasserie Les Deux Garçons, 53 cours Mirabeau(tel. (0)4-42-26-00-51).

Mail & Postage -- La Poste, place de l'Hôtel de Ville (tel. 36-31).

 

Pharmacies -- Pharmacie Victor Hugo, 16 av. Victor Hugo (tel. 04-42-26-24-93).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.