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Top Choice Museum in Aix-en-Provence

Musée Granet

This fabulous art museum sits right near the top of France’s artistic must-sees, housing works by some of the most iconic artists associated with Provence, including Picasso, Léger, Matisse, Monet, Klee, Van Gogh an…
Top Choice National Park in Les Calanques

Parc National des Calanques

Marseille abuts the wild and spectacular Parc National des Calanques, a 20km stretch of high, rocky promontories, rising from brilliant-turquoise Mediterranean waters. The sheer cliffs are occasionally interrupted b…
Top Choice Museum in Marseille

Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée

The icon of modern Marseille, this stunning museum explores the history, culture and civilisation of the Mediterranean region through anthropological exhibits, rotating art exhibitions and film. The collection sits …
Top Choice Historic Building in Aix-en-Provence

Caumont Centre d’Art

Aix’ newest pride and joy is also one of its oldest: a stellar art space housed inside the Mazarin quarter’s grandest 17th-century hôtel particulier. There are three exhibitions every year exploring the region’s ric…
Top Choice Historic Site in Marseille

Le Panier

From the Vieux Port, hike north up to this fantastic history-woven quarter, which is fabulous for a wander with its artsy ambience, cool hidden squares and sun-baked cafes. In Greek Massilia it was the site of the a…
Top Choice Market in Aix-en-Provence

Morning Market

No spot in Aix revs up your taste buds more than the city’s premier food market, where trestle tables groan each morning under the weight of marinated olives, goat’s cheese, garlic, lavender, honey, peaches, melons,…
Top Choice Museum in Marseille

Villa Méditerranée

This eye-catching white structure next to MuCEM is no ordinary ‘villa’. Designed by architect Stefano Boeri in 2013, the sleek white edifice sports a spectacular cantilever overhanging an ornamental pool. Inside, a …
Top Choice Church in Marseille

Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde

This opulent 19th-century Romano-Byzantine basilica occupies Marseille’s highest point, La Garde (162m). Built between 1853 and 1864, it is ornamented with coloured marble, murals depicting the safe passage of saili…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Cassis

La Villa Madie

Overseen by Marielle and Dimitri Droisneau, this double Michelin-starred restaurant has become one of the destination addresses on the Riviera, renowned for its creative seafood and refined sea-view setting. Top-dra…
Top Choice Modern French in Ventabren

La Table de Ventabren

Reason enough to visit medieval Ventabren, a hilltop village 16km west of Aix-en-Provence, is this Michelin-starred restaurant with canvas-canopied terrace, magical on summer evenings. Inside find exposed stone and …