You might want to discover the emblematic places of Provence or the French Riviera around Marseille. From the sea to the hills, the diversity of the landscapes will delight you and you will be sensitive to the cultural richness of the towns and old villages.
Here are a few remarkable sites to discover. If you wish, we can organise private or small group guided tours.
We can also advise you for longer stays, to discover Provence or, why not, Paris or other cities.
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A city of water, art and culture, Aix en Provence has a rich architectural heritage and offers a refined lifestyle.
Access from Marseille : By bus or train, about 35 minutes.
The old center of Aix-en-Provence
Its mansions, gardens, fountains, cathedral and Saint-Sauveur cloister, Cours Mirabeau
Housed in the Palace of Malta (17th century), the museum presents 600 works offering a vast panorama of artistic creation from the primitives and the Renaissance, to masterpieces of modern and contemporary art of the exceptional donation by Philippe Meyer.
Nearby, the Chapel of the White Penitents houses the Jean Planque collection : paintings, drawings and sculptures from the impressionists and post-impressionists, Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, Degas and Redon to major artists of the twentieth such as Bonnard, Rouault, Picasso , Braque, Dufy, Laurens, Léger, Klee, Bissière, de Staël or Dubuffet...
The architectural work imagined by Victor Vasarely serves as a backdrop for the forty-four monumental integrations. It offers a journey into optical art guided by the play of shapes and colors in a whirlwind of kinetic effects.
A vineyard, but not only… The architect, Jean Nouvel was commissioned to create a technologically advanced winery in order to produce the best “organic” labelled wine by respecting the land and the methods used.
The estate also allows visitors to discover the works of art and installations of contemporary guest artists and architects.
Arles and the Camargue region
Vast expanses covered by herds of black bulls, the graceful silhouettes of pink flamingos, white horses: the Camargue forms a unique universe.
The creation of the Regional Natural Park made it possible to preserve this natural environment.
Access from Marseille : By regional train from Marseille City Centre – 45 mn
Van Gogh Foundation - Arles
Vincent Van Gogh is an essential figure in 20th century art. It was precisely in Arles that he produced his finest masterpieces in just fifteen months. The Vincent van Gogh Arles Foundation pays tribute to his work.
Luma Arles Foundation
Luma is interested in the direct relationships between art, culture, human rights, environmental issues, education and research.
This cultural center offers artists the opportunity to experience the production and presentation of new works in close collaboration with other artists, scientific curators, innovators and the public.
Jacques Réattu (1760-1833), painter from Arles and Grand Prix de Rome, made the Grand Priory of the Order of Malta his home, his studio and the laboratory of his dreams.
Open to photography in the 1960s (4000 works today), enriched by exceptional gifts (Picasso, with 57 drawings and two paintings, Alechinsky ...), very sensitive to sculpture (Germaine Richier, Toni Grand ...), the museum created in 2008 a listening room dedicated to sound art.
Arles Antique Department Museum
It is in a contemporary building, built by Henri Ciriani on the remains of the Roman circus, that the departmental museum of ancient Arles displays its archaeological collections (everyday objects, architectural elements, mosaics, sarcophagi, models...).
In order to better understand how the Roman town has developed, you cannot miss out on a visit to this museum.
Cassis and the Calanques
This small fishing port, nestled between two exceptional natural sites (the famous Calanques massif and the majestic Cap Canaille) embodies the specific features of the Provence and Mediterranean region.
From Marseille city center :
• By car 25 kms
• By regional train: regular line Marseille-Cassis: every day, approximately every 30 minutes (25 min journey - the station is located 3.5 km from the center)
From Marseille Provence Airport :
• By car 55 kms
• By bus to St Charles station then connection to the regional train
On site, it’s possible to get around on foot, by bus, taxis or electric tuks !
The picturesque village of Cassis, its small streets, its lively port, its pretty shops
Founded by American artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill (1905-1972), the Camargo Foundation encourages creativity, research and experimentation through its international residency program for artists, researchers and thinkers
Visit of the Calanques
Majestic cliffs, extensive view of the sea, exceptional flora and fauna. The Calanques National Park is the only land, sea and peri-urban national park in Europe.
A rare wine that is grown and distributed by twelve winemakers. If the whites, dry and fruity, are the most distinguished, the reds and rosés are also well known.
Possibility of organizing a full day excursion between Cassis and Bandol with tastings of PDO wines and cellar visits.