Aix-en-Provence audio tour: Aix Walking Tour: History and Renewal in the Medieval Capital of Provence

Aix Walking Tour: History and Renewal in the Medieval Capital of Provence

Walking Tour

75 mins

About the Tour

Aix is a beautifully preserved city. In fact its centre hasn’t changed much over the last 300 years, but that doesn't mean it's living in the past. On this tour, you’ll quickly see how the city’s history plays a huge part in the resurgence we’re seeing now in the fortunes of modern Aix. There are lots of elegant buildings and squares along the way, of course, and we’ll explore its 2,000 year old story together – but there are also bustling markets, expensive clothing stores and some great cake shops.

By the end of the tour, you’ll understand how the city’s turbulent past has shaped its present. It’s a fascinating story filled with plague, war, revolution, and fortunes made and lost.

The highlights include:

How an archbishop developed an expensive real estate block
Why we remember Paul Cezanne and not Emile Zola
Aix’s very own rags to riches story
How Napoleon shaped Aix’s history

And so much more!

Tour Producer


Richard Seaward

My name is Richard. I'm British and now live in Aix en Provence.
I have lived and worked in London, New York and Hong Kong.
After leaving HK and before settling in Aix , we took our 3 daughters on a 15 month round the world back packing trip. Obviously a lot of adventure , but of relevance here is we took a lot of guided city walks . We found they were the best way to get to know the city, but also we found out what was a good tour and a bad tour, lists of dates , just boring . So when I started my own tour company I always looked out for the interesting story . Keep an eye out for me in Aix . I still look like the photo.

Major Landmarks

  • La Rotonde

  • Hotel de Caumont

  • Place d'Albertas

  • Hotel de Ville

  • St Saveur Cathedral

Directions to Starting Point

We start in front of the Apple Store. It's easy to find as its a very large glass fronted stand alone building. It is at the bottom of the Cour Mirabeau to the left of La Rotonde. It is 50 m from the Office de Tourisme.

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Places to stop along the way

There is a huge choice of bars and restaurants to stop and people watch on our route, particularly along the Cour, Place Richelme and the Place Hotel de Ville. The best cup of coffee in Aix is at Brulerie on the Place Richelme .Aix has a lot of ice cream shops, my childrens favourite is Amarino on the Place d"Hotel de Ville. The best museum is the Hotel de Caumont , which combines a top class Art Gallery with great changing exhibitions , a beautifully preserved and furnished Mansion , and a restaurant/tea room looking out over the restored formal garden . Its open 7 days a week.

Best time of day

Any time of the day is good , but if you want to catch the Markets on Tuesday , Thursday or Saturday they close at 1pm. Most of the fancy clothes shops don't open til 10 am.


It is hot in the Summer in the middle of the afternoon. So best times for walks are early morning and late afternoon.


Aix-en-Provence se redécouvre indéfiniment.
La visite que propose Richard est inattendue. C’est un portrait vivant et insolite de la cité multiple qu’il brosse tout au long d’une promenade pleine de surprises.
Au fil des rues et des venelles, cet Anglais cosmopolite tombé amoureux du pays aixois dévoile avec finesse et humour les coulisses de la ville thermale.
Un parcours tressé d’anecdotes, de références historiques, de clins d’œil culturels.
Richard est un passeur d’histoires. Qui sait distiller sa passion pour les pierres, les arts, le passé et le présent par petites touches.
Son secret? L’authenticité.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , about 1 year ago

„What a great tour! I used “voice map” with an English friend and we enjoyed it so much! Even for me as a German, Richard’s voice with the beautiful timbre and the charming English accent was a pleasure :-) I love Aix en Provence and now, that I have been able to learn so much more about this wonderful city - thanks to Richard - I would like to recommend everyone to use this great tool to get to know this beautiful city, the way it deserves to be known.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , about 1 year ago

A big thank you Richard, for this very interesting and wonderful tour. All the details are extremely helpful to understand the real beauty of Aix-en-Provence. I truly recommend this tour, as the guide speaks clearly and slowly enough to get every bit of it!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 1 year ago

Thanks Anne I am glad you enjoyed the tour. I have been a top rated guide in Aix for some time now but it’s good to hear that the recorded tour is good as well

Posted by Richard , over 1 year ago

Richard is a really brilliant city guide for the town of Aix en Provence. We thank him very much for his passionate and interesting presentation of this wonderful place. Anne

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 1 year ago
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Aix Walking Tour: History and Renewal in the Medieval Capital of Provence