​If you are trying to book a comfortable and fast train journey from Spain to French Provence then Renfe​-SNCF in Cooperation is the right choice for you. We are connecting major Spanish and French cities such as Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, Montpellier or Girona. Some of these cities played an important role in the French Impressionist movement… 

“Impressionist” comes from the word “impression” which is a style used to recreate the views by the artist. This type of artists paint a new way to catch the impressions of their environment. They did not follow any painting rules and paint their own figurative style (but not very realistic). It is an era of some famous painters. There are many legendary impressionists in France: Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Alfred Sisley, Claude Monet or Pierre Auguste Renoir. 

One of the most famous impressionist paintings is “Les grandes baigneuses” by P​aul Cézanne. ​

Cézanne was born in Aix-en-Provence on 19 january 1839 and was one of the most important impressionist painters from Provence. Aix-en-Provence is one of the most walkable cities in Fran​ce. You can walk around and enjoy a glass of wine or a cup of coffee in one of their charming cafés. Anyway, don’t miss the Garnet museum if you want to enjoy Cézanne’s paintings.

Cézanne was undoubtedly inspired by this land for many of his works 

40 kilometers northwest from Aix-en-Provence, we can find the city of Avignon: this city is well known by its bridge (which has also a song “sur le pont d’Avignon”) and also for being the siege of the Papal power during the Middle Ages. It’s also the place where the museums Calvet and Angladon are. There, you can admire some beautiful pictures made by Degas (his famous dancers), Cézanne still lifes, Van Gogh trains and much more.

​The next stop in our journey is the charming and enormous city of Marseille. This is not only the biggest city in Provence but also a central place when it comes to impressionism. You can walk around and discover the places where Braque, Renoir or Cézanne visited when they were here. Marseille and the region around inspired not only the impressionist painters but also very well-known writers such as Alexandre Dumas. The count of Montecristo took place some miles away from here!

The castle of If, the prison where the protagonist of the novel is imprisoned "the Count of Montecristo" by Alexandre Dumas

On our way back to Barcelone, we clearly must stop at Arles. This city is also a keystone for the impressionist movement. Here Van Gogh painted his “Bedroom at Arles” as well as the Langlois bridge. In Arles, you can enjoy a coffee in one of their cafés. But remember: some of them were also painted by this Dutch genius.  

Provence was not only the home of many impressionist artists, but also a place where they can get inspiration from. Don’t hesitate and come to Provence in one of the RENFE-SNCF in Cooperation trains. You’ll probably get inspired by the charm, the sun and the colours of this place. Enjoy the experience, enjoy Provence!​​

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  • Crystal Sargent 04/08/2019 23:59:27
    Is there a specific route through Provence, that stops or off/on via train?
  • Renfe-SNCF en Coopération 19/08/2019 10:29:59
    Good morning Crystal, if you want to visit this wonderful region of Provence, we invite you to check our page: Here you will find all the information on how and where to go to see the Provence. Hope to see you soon on one of our trains!

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