AIX-EN-PROVENCE, A LAND OF AROMAS AND FLAVOURS. SHALL WE VISIT ITS MARKETS?

Everyone knows Provence is a paradise for lavender and other flowers and plants. If you haven't been there yet, here's the train that takes you to the very heart of this Eden. With Renfe-SNCF en Coopération you can get on the high-speed train from Madrid, Zaragoza, Tarragona, Barcelona, Girona or Figueres to reach Aix-en-Provence at sunset. 



Today we are going to dedicate a special chapter to the markets of Aix-en-Provence. Since we have already talked about its lavender fields on other occasions, we want to tell you more about the region’s intense flavours.
Provence has a privileged climate which favours agriculture. That's why visiting its markets is more than a must, it's a real pleasure to look at the stalls displaying their brightly coloured products, as well as their peculiar and cheerful marquees. It is also a pleasure to smell the aromas of the cheeses, tomatoes and other local products. There is a festive atmosphere in each of the markets we are going to introduce you to.


 
Detail of the canopies of one of the markets​

It doesn't matter when we visit Aix-en-Provence because there is a market in the city every day of the week. On Monday we can make the most of the day and stock up at the Fish and Food Market, which is located all week on Place Richelme, in the centre of the old town of Aix, under the pleasant shade of the plane trees. 


 
Place Richelme

Vendors display beautiful tomatoes, tender lettuces, peppers, melons, peaches, cheeses, cured meats and olives in bulk. Of course, fresh fish stalls are also available as we are very close to the sea and Marseille's magnificent harbour. If you stay in a flat, you will have enough food to last a few days. And if you're staying in a hotel, you can always improvise a picnic to sample the local products.

There are two other food markets on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in Place Verdun and Place des Prêcheurs. They are very close to each other.

Now that we have our baskets full of delicacies, let's take a look at the flower markets


 
Flower market day at Place de l'Hôtel de Ville

At the Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, where the town hall is located -a sober and elegant building with a clock tower-, the flowers make this square even more beautiful on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The same is true of the Place de Prêcheurs on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. In the centre of this square is the 15th-century fountain crowned by an obelisk. Indeed, Aix is the city of fountains.

Last but not least, the craft and antique markets, where you are sure to find a special treat or gifts for family and friends. They are held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. So we set off to discover them.


 
Dresses and tablecloths with Provençal prints

On the Cours Mirabeau, clothing and textiles are displayed with the characteristic pleasant fabrics and prints of the area. In rue Thiers, artisans show us their original work. And we can't leave without checking out one of the many flea markets that are organised in Aix and the surrounding villages for lovers of antiques and other curiosities.



Strolling through Aix-en-Provence means discovering its open-air markets, the squares that host them, the buildings characterised by the colour of their yellowish stone, the centuries-old plane trees and the elegant fountains of the city. What a desire to plan a trip to Aix-en-Provence. Looking forward to planning a trip to Aix-en-Provence. And travelling by Renfe-SNCF en Coopération train, shopping is not a problem as we can take up to 3 pieces of luggage per person. The train is ready to take you to the city of flavours and aromas in the most comfortable way.



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